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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. 

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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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Tree Trimming vs. Tree Pruning

Tree trimming and tree pruning are both excellent services to have done to your trees. They help keep your trees healthy and grow properly. Some property owners have trouble knowing the differences between the two. What are the differences between tree trimming and tree pruning?

What is Tree Trimming?

Tree trimming consists of making your shrubs and trees healthier and grow better. Trimming trees can make them look cleaner and less scraggly. Trimming is usually done about twice a year, depending on the types of trees and their size. If you have excessively overgrown branches, it can harm the tree by reducing the level of moisture and light the tree is able to get. Shrubs and trees should be trimmed twice a year for this reason.

What is Tree Pruning?

Tree pruning is when you remove certain branches that aren’t necessary to the tree and even removing some tree roots. These can be dead branches and roots that serve no purpose to the tree and help the tree look better after being removed. Pruning can also help tree branches that grow in the wrong direction and get stuck in things such as telephone wires. There are two kinds of pruning, pollarding and topiary. These forms of pruning can cause trees to look unnatural. Pollarding is when you prune annually to create new shoots on a yearly basis. Topiary is when you shape shrubs and trees into different shapes or animals. These are not common to see at a house or on a regular basis, but restaurants and fancy hotels are known for having them.

What Equipment is Used For Trimming and Pruning?

For trimming a tree, shears and trimmers are used to help promote healthier growth. When trees are pruned, shears are typically used. These can be lopping shears or hand shears, which are strong enough to be able to cut through thinner branches. If the branches are really thick, you’ll need to use a saw. 

Which is Better?

Neither technique is technically “better” than the other. Both trimming and pruning are needed for certain trees and can help trees in different ways. Certain trees shouldn’t be trimmed while others should. And that goes with pruning as well. Each type of tree has its own needs because of the way it grows and whether or not it flowers. If you ever need help deciding on what your tree needs to thrive, contact Dudley Tree! Tree professionals are there to help. 

Contact Dudley Tree & Crane

Dudley Tree is here to take care of all your tree trimming and tree pruning needs! Contact us to learn more about our tree services and how we can make your yard look its best. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to get in touch with our tree professionals.


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