Q:   Who gave permission to access my property to prune my tree’s?  How much will this cost?

A:   Most power lines have an easement that allows the Utility access for maintenance of trees when necessary.  Regardless of easement, the utility provides a public service and is required by law to provide electricity to everyone.  This sometimes requires us to prune or remove trees even if they are located on private property.  You will not be billed for this free service.


Q:   Will brush and tree limbs be left in my yard?

A:   All brush will be chipped and the area left clean.  If larger limbs or trees are removed they are cut into manageable lengths and stacked.


Q:   Can I hire someone else to do this tree trimming?

A:   No.  Nelson Tree Crews are line clearance professionals and are contracted by the power company.  Most tree trimming companies are not trained for power line clearance jobs.


Q:   Why was my tree cut back further from the power line than my neighbors?

A:   Different species of trees grow at different rates.  Your tree was most likely a fast growing species, while your neighbors was a slow growing species.  In order to meet the projected growing cycle of the power company fast growing species are trimmed back further.


Q:   Why does it seem like your employees do a lot of standing around?

 A:   Tree clearance around power lines is dangerous work.  Our crews are trained and required by OSHA to spend a reasonable amount of time discussing a job before beginning.  This assures that all proper safety precautions are taken to protect the crew and the public.  Crews may need to reassess the job as it progresses.


Q:   What can I do to ensure power line safety on my property?

A:   There are a few common sense things a homeowner can do to ensure power line safety.  Do not place tree houses or play equipment near power lines.  Keep children away from electrical equipment.  If a power line does come down keep everyone away and contact the power company or call 911 immediately.


Q:   How often do you prune the trees?

A:   Most utilities plan their pruning on a regular cycle.  These cycles vary depending on location, weather, tree growth rates and overall conditions around power lines.  Pruning may be done more often in areas with longer growing seasons.  Cycles may run anywhere from 1 to 6 years.


Q:   What are the guidelines for planting trees near areas with power lines?

A:   When planting trees make sure you allow ample room for the mature growth of the tree so that it won’t come into contact with power lines.  Consult with a nursery expert to help determine the mature size of the tree you are planting.


Q:   Can you top or prune the whole tree to give it a better shape?

A:   Topping or rounding over is bad for the tree, often causing rapid growth back toward the power lines.  We only prune the part of the tree that could affect the power lines.