Utility Tree PruningUnderstanding the Need for Vegetation Management Along Electric Lines
Tree Pruning for Safety & Reliability
Utility Tree Pruning Brochure
Our qualified utility arborists will only prune branches that could affect the power lines - especially during high winds or under load from snow and ice - and dead or weakened branches at risk of falling onto the lines. Branches growing away from the power lines will not be pruned.
We follow pruning standards set by the American National Standards Institute (A300 Standards), the International Society of Arboriculture, and the Tree Care Industry. These standards help provide reliable electricity safely, while at the same time promoting the health and well being of your trees.
Pruning MethodsDirectional pruning (or natural pruning) removes only the branches that are growing toward the power lines. This practice protects tree health while directing future growth away from the power lines. We do not perform indiscriminate cutting of tree branches, or "topping." Directional pruning encourages trees to grow away from power lines. Rounding over or "topping" damages trees and causes rapid growth toward the lines.
Pruning CutsProper pruning cuts minimize injury to the tree. Cuts should not damage the branch collar or leave a stub. Cutting just outside the branch collar allows the tree to "seal" the cut surface.
Plant the Right Tree, In the Right PlaceYou can help avoid the need for utility tree pruning by planting trees where they will not grow to affect the power lines. Before selecting and planting a tree, remember to look up to determine where the tree will be located in relation to over-head utility lines. Planting smaller trees near power lines reduces the need for utility pruning.
Safety First!Remember: Power lines carry high electrical voltages! We employ trained professionals to clear vegetation from power lines. NEVER attempt to clear the lines yourself! Do not allow children to climb trees near power lines.
Trees Are GoodTrees add beauty and enhance the quality of life in our community. Trees are nature's sentries: screening out the scorching summer sun and buffering the brutal winter winds. However, falling trees and tree branches are a major cause of power outages. In order to keep the flow of electricity safe and reliable, it is sometimes necessary to prune or remove trees.
For more information on Tree Health and Care, visit these web sites:
Internation Society of Arboriculture
National Arbor Day Foundation
Utility Arborist Association
A & N ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE AND ASPLUNDH TREE EXPERT CO. ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE SAFE, RELIABLE ELECTRIC SERVICE TO THE EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA
Asplundh Tree Export Company
100 Carlson, Suite 14
Dover, Delaware 19901
Office Phone: 302-678-4702