Avoid service interruptions and save energy through smart yard planning.
Did you know you can protect your home from power outages and even save money by strategically planning your property’s landscaping? By choosing trees and shrubs carefully, and planting them in the right place, you can maximize your energy uptime and savings.
While you’re working, it’s also wise to be aware of the utility equipment on your property, so you don’t accidentally cause an unsafe situation or power outage.
Right Tree - Right Place
Help Unitil keep power lines and underground utility services free of vegetation by planning your landscaping. Make sure to take into account the tree’s full growth potential and mature height. Choose vegetation carefully, considering the following.
How will your tree be used?
- Energy savings – shade in the summer, wind protection in the winter
- Privacy screen
- Prevention of soil erosion
- Seasonal color – spring flowers, fall foliage
- Wildlife attraction
What are the tree’s health and growth characteristics?
- Height, width, shape and growth rate
- Climate, sun and water needs — see Zone 6 list
- Soil requirements — do you have the right site conditions?
- Ability to resist disease, insects, pollution and weather conditions
Does your tree meet clearance requirements for overhead and underground electric lines?
Before planting any tree, choose a species and location that keeps the tree clear of overhead and away from underground electric lines and equipment. Proper tree species selection and placement avoids utility line conflicts in the future.
Can I use plants to hide my padmount transformer?
Fences, bushes, trees and other vegetation located too close to padmount transformers can slow power restoration, make required maintenance difficult and create safety hazards. In some cases, Unitil crews may need to remove these types of vegetation to gain access to the transformer. To avoid this situation, take time to plan before planting shrubs or installing a fence near your equipment.
Pruning or removing a tree near power lines?
Unitil will disconnect the electric service and reconnect the service after tree work is completed, free of charge. Call to schedule with Customer Service.
What, where, and when to plant
Want to know the ins and outs of planting a tree? Protect from outages with proper planting techniques, and save money by planting trees to maximize energy efficiency at the same time!
Call before you dig
You may be eager to plant that new tree, but don’t break any ground before calling DigSafe® at 811. You could incur a fine or cause injury to yourself or others if you hit a utility line.
Keeping your street branch-free
Overgrown vegetation around power lines can pose safety hazards and cause avoidable power outages. Our team of arborists and and partner line-clearance pruning vendors work year-round to proactively keep lines clear.
It’s your responsibility to keep trees clear of the electric service line that runs from the pole to your house.
Tips for a Smarter Yard
Ready to start planting? Check out the blog posts below to learn more about landscaping around Unitil equipment.