Jan 22, 2019
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Plan ahead and pick the right tree for the right place.
Carefully positioned trees can save on a household's energy use for heating and cooling. A large deciduous (leaf-shedding) tree, planted in the right place, can save money in reduced cooling costs, and allow winter sunshine to reduce heating and lighting costs.
Here are a few tips if you’re looking to leverage your planting-plans for a little energy saving potential, so get out your compass and let’s take a walk around your yard!
Don’t just focus on what to plant. Perhaps removing trees or limbs is the right solution for your home. This can make a large impact when considering the massive fir trees of Mason County.
When evaluating plants and trees for your yard, do not plant or landscape near power transformers, or under power lines. Working or playing near transformers can be potentially hazardous. Landscaping can hide or restrict important utility access to equipment for maintenance and repairs. If you have trees or shrubs growing near your electricity meter, please trim them for meter reader access.
Lastly, do not plant trees beneath the power lines. Over time, trees grow into the lines causing the potential for dangerous situations or extended outages. Well planned landscaping will not only add beauty to your yard, it will also ensure that the plants and trees are compatible with overhead utility lines.
Check out our helpful tree positioning guide here.
As always, don’t forget to call 811 before digging holes for trees, shrubs, or fence posts. Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees and shrubs. The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines (such as electricity, phone, cable TV, water, sewer, gas, etc.) in a common area. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you, and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job gets a free location and marking service for underground utility lines and helps prevent undesired consequences.