The biggest danger to underground lines occurs during planting. Before you plant, make sure that you are aware of the location of any underground utilities. To be certain that you do not accidentally dig into any lines and risk serious injury or a costly service interruption, call your utility company or utility protection service first. Never assume that these utility lines are buried deeper than you plan to dig. In some cases utility lines are very close to the surface.
These trees are used to decorate or frame your house or provide a park-like
setting. Select your trees first, then plant shrubs to complement the trees.
Medium-sized trees are also recommended for planting anywhere the above and
below ground growing space will allow for reaching a mature height of 30' -
40' (10m - 12m). Appropriate soil spaces are: wide planting areas or medians
[4' (1m) - 8' (3m) wide], large planting squares [8' (3m) square or greater]
and other open areas of similar size or larger.
Plant deciduous (autumn leaf-dropping) trees on the south and/or west side of the house to cool in the summer and allow sun to enter the house in the winter. Planning before planting will help you to be sure that the right tree is planted in the right place. Proper tree selection and placement will enhance your property value and prevent costly maintenance trimming and damage to your home. Good landscaping utilizes shrubs and low-growing trees that are compatible with utility lines. Low-growing trees will not reach utility lines. They will not, therefore, create public safety hazards or cause service interruptions to you or your neighbors, nor will they require severe pruning.
For further information on planting and helpful tips on tree selection be
sure to pick up the International Society of Arboriculture publications
entitled New Tree Planting and Tree Selection available from your tree care
professional or at your local garden center. If you have any more questions,
please contact your tree care professional, utility company, local nursery, or
county extension office.
Developed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), a non-profit organization supporting tree care research around the world and dedicated to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees. For further information, contact: ISA, P.O. Box 3129, Champaign, IL 61826-3129, USA.
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UPDATED FEBRUARY 2000