You can help prevent tree-related power outages and reduce the amount of tree-trimming that must be performed by always planting the right tree in the right place, and away from overhead power lines.
- Only shrubs should be planted near or underneath overhead power lines.
- Small variety trees need to be planted at least 15 feet away from overhead power lines.
- Medium variety trees need to be planted at least 30 feet away from overhead power lines.
- Large variety trees need to be planted at least 40 feet away from overhead power lines.
Note: A tall-growing tree underneath or hazardously close to the overhead power line must be removed to prevent interference with electric service. PSO's Foresters can help you select an appropriate tree to replant, if you like.
Before you plant, get our FREE Tree Tips brochure. (PDF) It’s full of useful info on how far from power lines to plant different types of trees, planting safety, species that do well in our area, proper tree care - and more. You can download the brochure from the link above, or call us at 1-800-305-6742.
The City of Tulsa has published a tree ordinance with an approved list of small trees that may be planted within 20 feet of overhead utility wires in that community. You can access the ordinance at http://www.cityoftulsa.org.
Please remember to always Look Before You Leaf.