Landscaping Near Power Lines
There’s a reason Washington is called the Evergreen State. Trees are part of our landscape and contribute to our quality of life in Grays Harbor. While trees enhance our lives, if they are planted near power lines they can easily become a problem. When tree limbs or downed trees come in contact with power lines, they can cause damage and power outages. Your Grays Harbor PUD has a tree trimming and removal program to deal with trees which pose electrical hazards, but the best way to ensure trees and power lines don’t collide is to be careful where you plant today to prevent your landscaping from becoming a hazard in the future.
Landscaping around Power
Before planting trees and shrubs, consider what your yard will look like in 10 to 20 years. Careful planning will protect not only power lines, but also street and sidewalk visibility and will prevent damage to pavement, sewers and buildings. When planting trees near a power line, make sure they will be less than 25 feet high when mature. This will reduce the chance of the tree causing power outages and will reduce the need for tree trimming in the future.
What to Plant
There are many varieties of trees available for landscaping that are suitable for planting near power lines. If you have questions about certain types of trees, ask your landscape professional to see if your selection meets the 25 foot maximum height criteria. The trees listed below include ornamental species suitable for Western Washington that meet the 25 foot maximum height criteria.
Deciduous Broadleaf Trees
American Bladdernut, American Hornbeam, American Smoketree, Amur Maple, Callery Pear, Carolina Silverbell, Cherry Plum, Chinese Pistache, Chinese Quince, Chinese Toon, Chinese Witch-Hazel, Cornelian Cherry, Crab, Eastern Redbud, European Hornbeam, Columnar Form, European Spindle-Tree, Flowering Ash, Folgner Mountain Ash, Fragrant Snowbell, Globe Norway Maple, Golden Desert Ash, Golden Raintree, Hedge Maple, Heptacodium, Higan Cherry, Hime-Syara Stewartia, Hop Hornbeam, Hornbeam Maple, Hupeh Mountain Ash, Hybrid Mountain Ash, Japanese Dogwood, Japanese Maple, Japanese Snowbell, Japanese Stewartia, Japanese Tree Lilac, Judas Tree, Lavalle Hawthorn, Loebner Magnolia, Meliosma, Mountain Maple, Nikko Maple, Oriental Cherry, Oriental Fringetree, Oriental Spicebush, Pagoda Dogwood, Paperbark Cherry, Paperbark Maple, Rehderodendron, Sapphireberry, Saucer Magnolia, Siebold Viburnum, Shadblow, Sourwood, Staghorn Sumac, Tatarian Maple, Three-Flowered Maple, Trident Maple, Tupelo, Vine Maple, Wafer Ash, Washington Hawthorn, Willow-Leaved Magnolia, Wilson’s Magnolia, Winter King Hawthorn
Chinese Photinia, Cork Oak, Dahoon, Fulvum Rhododendron, Glossy Privet, Highclere Holly, Holm Oak, Japanese Evergreen Oak, Japanese Live Oak, Maiten, Portuguese Laurel, San Jose Holly, Southern Magnolia, Strawberry Tree, Sutchuenense Rhododendron, Sweet Bay Magnolia, Sweet Viburnum, Tree Rhododendron, Wax Myrtle, Wheel Tree
Elegans Japanese Cedar, Glauca Japanese White Pine, Japanese Umbrella Pine, Lacebark Pine, Pinyon Pine, Shore Pine, Swiss Stone Pine, Tanyosho Pine
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