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Trees and Utilities

The conflict between trees and powerlines has been an ongoing issue since the invention of the telephone pole. Trees grow, as they grow their branches get taller and their tree crowns get wider. Powerlines are required, by federal mandate, to have a specific zone of clearance around them for safety. Sometimes, the most accessible area to plant trees is under or near the powerline right-of-way. If you don't plant the right tree you may have problems down the road. We recommend that you do not plant directly under powerlines unless you are confident, they will not mature at a height that puts them in direct contact with utility lines. If you are not sure, contact the tree experts at Asheville Arborists for advice.


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