Tree Planting Tips

Taking care of trees and limbs before they become problems is one thing Pioneer does to ensure good service and hold costs down. You can help, too, by planting new trees away from power lines or of low-growing variety.  Planting trees can be a benefit to your home and the environment; however, as simple as it may seem, a tree planting can have a major impact on the future.  For example, many people don’t take the spread of the canopy into consideration when placing the tree. While they might be careful not to place a tree under a power line, the tree may not be far enough back resulting in necessary trimming or problems. 

Because different trees have different characteristics, special attention must be paid to where you plant each tree. Good landscaping techniques help frame your home, not hide it. Planting the right tree in the right place will enhance property value, conserve energy, and prevent costly maintenance trimming and damage to your home. Good landscaping will also utilize shrubs and low-growing trees compatible with electric utility lines.

Be sure to research the tree you are interested in, checking for mature height, width, shape, soil type, sun/salt/disease tolerance, fruit bearing patterns, and cold hardiness.  Pioneer encourages planting low-growing trees near wires that won’t reach electric lines and therefore won’t create power outages to you or your neighbors. Consult with your local nursery or Arborist about trees before planting.  Always call before you dig - Pioneer 1-800-762-0997or Ohio Utilities Protection Services (OUPS) 1-800-362-2764 to locate underground utilities.

If you have further questions regarding tree planting practices, please contact our
Manager of Vegetation Control.


Zone 3 Tall Trees Zone 2 Medium Trees Zone 3 Small Trees
Maple Crab apple Dogwood
Oak Magnolia Viburnum
Spruce Hawthorn Fat albert spruce
Pine Fruit trees Lilac
Tulip poplar Cherry plum

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