Trees and brush brighten our communities, but when they grow into power lines they become a key cause of power outages. Many of these issues can be avoided with better planning in your garden.
If you’re planting trees and shrubs around your home this spring – and it’s an area near power lines – consider smaller varieties that mature at 25 feet or less. Rather than an oak tree or a sequoia, pick out a smaller option that is both manageable and attractive, such as a Japanese maple, serviceberry or a flowering cherry.
Also, consider drought tolerant plants, which reduce your yard’s watering needs during the drier summer months. There are many options, including the Western sword fern, Oregon grape and Evergreen huckleberries. These plants are easy to care for and offer color during the warm summer months.
For other tips about plants around the best plants for your yard and utility electrical equipment, click here to check out the PUD Tree Book.