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Everything You Need to Know About Removing Branches from Power Lines

In New England or anywhere in the Northeast, it seems that our inclement weather is always having some unfortunate interactions with our power lines and our trees. This can not only cause inconvenient or even dangerous power outages, but it can also cause quite extensive damage to power systems and road blockages that prevent transportation.

If you are on a property with a large amount of trees, or this is happening frequently to your and your family, you might be tempted to try and remove the trees from the power lines.

What Should I Do if a Tree Falls on My Power Line?

Under no circumstances should you try and remove a branch or tree from a power line by yourself. Power companies have employees that are specifically trained to do this and have special equipment to protect them from electrical shock. Don’t risk your own safety to move a branch, the electric company is responsible for these trees as well as the wire from the pole to your home.

Who is Responsible for Trimming Trees Near Power Lines?

Your electric utility company or power company is responsible for trimming the trees near the power lines. This is a requirement of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), which has been adopted by most states. However you still have a responsibility to take care of the trees on other areas of your property.

How Can I Prevent Power Outages?

The best way to prevent future power outages is to properly trim the trees on your property before they have a chance to fall on a power line. Although the electric company is responsible for trimming trees right next to the power lines, they don’t usually focus on preventative measures and are likely to service the area only once the damage has been done. Taller trees from other areas of your property could also cause interference and aren’t necessarily the responsibility of the power company. 

Contact Us

For help preparing your property for a storm and preventing power outages and removing trees with a high risk of falling, we have you covered. We are experts in tree removal, tree pruning, stump removal and other outdoor landscaping services. If you have any questions or are interested in an estimate please give us a call at 978-373-1510 or contact us for more information.

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Preparing Your Trees For Spring

Spring is only a month away! Are your trees ready for the warmer weather ahead? There are many ways to make sure your trees will thrive in Spring 2021, as well as survive late spring freezes. Taking care of your trees ahead of time can help them grow and stay healthy. Here are some tips for getting your trees ready for the spring season:

Testing Your Soil

The first thing you should do is get your soil tested and figure out the pH level. If your soil isn’t at the level it should be, you will have to make some adjustments. Being able to get your soil to where it needs to be before spring is very helpful. Different trees and plants grow best at a variety of soil levels, so do your research on what’s best for your specific trees. If you are ever unsure, contact Dudley Tree for soil tips!

Adding Nutrients

If you need to add nutrients to your soil, now is the time to do it. Phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen need some time to be absorbed by the soil and spread evenly throughout it. Applying these nutrients weeks prior to the growing season is best to let the roots get to all of them. 

Planting Trees

If you are thinking about planting a tree or two, now is the time to prepare. Late winter is a good time to plant bare-root trees. When you plant any trees, don’t be afraid to give them some protection against the cold. It can help them grow more. Try to wrap your tree in dry blankets, but avoid anything that can stimulate the tree into coming out of its dormant state. This could cause the tree to not survive the cold. If the blankets get wet, be sure to replace them, so they don’t get too heavy and cold on your trees. 

Prune Trees

Dead tree branches are extra exposed during the winter, so it’s a great time to prune! Don’t cut too close to the tree because exposed bark isn’t good in the cold. You should also prune any branches that are getting too close to each other. If you are looking to prune your trees this winter, reach out to Dudley Tree. We will be able to reach any branches that you can’t!

Contact Dudley Tree

Spring is almost here! Are you ready? The tree experts at Dudley Tree are here to make sure your trees are healthy and happy. Do you need any tree removal, pruning, or stump removal services? Contact us for more information on all our tree services! Call us today or send us a message through our contact form to reach our tree experts.

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