Gardening Safely: How you can Help Us!
It is important to plan ahead before you plant any vegetation on your property. By taking a few precautions and following some guidelines, your trees can avoid being trimmed or removed. This will ensure that you have a positive experience and a beautiful landscape.
By choosing the right sized tree for the area you can reduce the chance of fallen or overgrown trees on power lines, which can cause a safety hazard and power outage. The bigger the tree the further away it needs to be from power lines. Ask the nursery for information on how tall and wide the tree will reach at maturity, and then try visualizing that size tree on your property. Remember that nothing should be planted within three meters around the poles or other structures, since it can impede maintenance work and inspections for our employees.
Tips for Safe Planting!
- Avoid planting trees near overhead power lines.
- Avoid planting trees near undergrown power lines. Call the Dig Line at 1-866-DIG-LINE before you dig. With two working days’ notice we will mark where Saint John Energy underground lines are located, and if it is safe to dig.
- Consult with the nursery about the maximum growing height and width of the species you want to plant.
- Visualize the tree at its fullest size and width on your property.
- Make sure the tree will be at a safe distance from power lines at full growth, including when it is windy by planning the proper planting location.
- Plant trees for energy efficiency. Plant evergreen trees on the north side of your property for protection against winter wind, and deciduous trees on south side for shade in summer and warmth in winter.
- Keep the pathway to your meter cleared for our employees to be able to access.
Size of vegetation determines where is can be planted:
Zone 1: Shrubs: The area directly beneath the power line from 3m-4.5m away from the pole is reserved for shrubs that are low, slow growing and will not grow over 4.5m tall.
Zone 2: Small Trees: The area from 4.5m-10.5m is limited to small trees that will not grow over 9m tall and the shrubs in zone 1.
Zone 3: Medium Trees: The area from 10.5m to 13.5m is limited to trees that will not grow over 21m tall and the plants in zone 1 and 2.
Zone 4: Large Trees: The area from 13.5m and on is limited to trees that will grow over 21 m tall and the plants from zone 1, 2, and 3.
By working together we can have excellence in electricity delivery that can co-exist with the nature and value of trees