Utility Companies Commit Local Prunicide on Urban Trees
This has to be the worst hack job by the local utility company I’ve seen yet! In order to minimize safety hazards and improve the quality of service, utility companies commit prunicide to free up power lines of colliding tree branches. The secondary effect? An ugly, weakened tree that often falls victim to pest and diseases.
What should you consider before planting a tree?
- Contact your local utility company about the recommended trees for your area.
- Call your utility company before you start digging, there may be underground utilities as well.
- Investigate whether your local utility company has a tree replacement program for problem trees. Some will replace the trees themselves or offer a nursery voucher for homeowners to find their own replacements.
- Plan on buying a species that reaches a mature height less than 25 feet.
According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, “utility companies spend more than $1 billion annually for tree pruning, passing this cost on to the consumer.” The responsible homeowner can help curb the cost of tree pruning and the life of an unknowingly tree victim. So remember, always look up and down before you plant a tree.
What trees have you successfully saved from Utility Prunicide (sharing your zone info is helpful)?