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Tree Trimming and Planting

TREE PLANTING & PRUNING
When planting a tree on your property, you should consider the future impact that may exist if power lines are present. Questions should be directed to the Logan County Cooperative office (937-592-4781).

Tree pruning reduces the possibility of down power lines under storm conditions and therefore minimizes the chance of personal injury and property damage. The clearing of electrical lines also insures the safety of children, who could accidentally come in contact with energized lines while climbing trees.

ZONE 1: NO TREE PLANTING

This zone ends 15 feet away from the electric lines. If you have questions about lines located further from your home, contact us at the Cooperative, as these lines may be of a higher voltage requiring greater clearance.

ZONE 2: Trees that grow no taller than 40 feet

This zone, which takes in mostly lawn area, is used to decorate or frame your house instead of hiding it from site. Trees should be selected first, then shrubs can be planted to compliment the trees.

ZONE 3: Trees that grow 60 feet in height

Larger types of trees can be used here, however, the tree planting should consider your neighbor's view or his own planting of flower beds and trees. Large trees should be planted at least 35 feet away from the house for the proper root development and to minimize tree damage to the house or building.


Tree Trimming Policies & Frequently Asked Questions

To help limit weather-related interruptions or outages, Logan County Electric Cooperative regularly trims trees that are conflicting with power lines. We trim trees along primary transmission and distribution lines on a three (3) to four (4) year cycle. We are granted permission to trim trees under the membership and easement agreements with the members we serve. Our crews, which are generally Cooperative employees, follow standards approved by the National Arbor Day Foundation to preserve the health of the trees.

Planting Trees

The National Arbor Day Foundation encourages thoughtful practices that help preserve community trees while also serving a utility company's customers.
Trees properly placed can lower line clearance costs for Logan County Electric Cooperative, reduce tree mortality, and result in healthier community forests. Trees can add value to your home, help cool your home and neighborhood, break the cold winds to lower your heating costs, and provide food for wildlife. Tall and medium size trees surrounding your home, such as maple, oak, pine and spruce, provide summer shade to lower cooling costs and keep out cold winter winds.  These trees should be planted at least 40’ from the power lines, while smaller trees such as Redbud, Dogwood, and Crabapple should be planted at least 25’ from power lines.  Our tree clearance professional can assist with these planting decisions. Contact Member Services at 937-592-4781.

Why does Logan County Electric Cooperative have to trim trees?

Tree limbs and power lines aren't a good combination - especially when severe weather hits. Trees are a common cause of service interruptions and outages, and a damaging storm can disrupt power for extended periods.
In addition, tree limbs and branches that extend into power lines pose a significant risk to public safety even during mild weather. Anyone climbing a tree with limbs and branches that may be intertwined with power lines can come into contact with the wires and be seriously injured.

How often do you trim trees?

Our crews, which are generally Cooperative employees, trim trees around our primary transmission and distribution lines on a three (3) to four (4) year cycle.

What if trees in my yard are growing into power lines?

We trim trees along primary transmission and distribution lines on a three (3) to four (4) year cycle. Member requests that are out-of-cycle will be evaluated by our Operations & Engineering staff.  Only trees that are in the primary distribution or transmission lines that pose an immediate threat to public safety and/or widespread power interruptions will be trimmed.  Logan County Electric Cooperative will have the sole discretion in making this determination. 
Trees that interfere with service wires (wires from utility poles to the customer's house or building) will not normally be trimmed or removed. Arrangements can be made to have these wires temporarily removed to permit the property owner or contractor to trim or remove the tree. If you want electric service wires temporarily disconnected to trim or remove a tree, contact Logan County Electric Cooperative several days in advance to ensure the availability of a utility crew at the desired time. This service is available at no charge during normal working hours.
Members requesting this type of trimming shall be contacted within two (2) weeks of making the service request.

How far do you cut back trees?

The amount of trimming that is done depends on the type of tree and how close it is to the power lines. For example, a fast-growing tree like silver maple may be cut back more than a slow-growing tree. Whatever the species, the goal is to trim the tree back so that it will not interfere with the power lines until the next trimming cycle.
Around our high-voltage lines, clearance would be approximately 12 to 16 feet for a softwood or fast-growing tree, and 8 to 10 feet for a hardwood or slow-growing tree.
Members who refuse to allow Logan County Electric Cooperative to trim trees to a 3-4 year cycle may incur charges for out-of-cycle tree clearance.

What is your policy on tree removal?

At a customer's request, we will consider removing a tree if it interferes with a primary transmission or distribution line at the top of the pole, and if removing it will eliminate the need for future trimming. Logan County Electric Cooperative will not remove trees near low-voltage service lines to a home or business.
We will not remove a tree without the property owner's permission. If a tree is dead, dying, diseased, storm-damaged or is likely to be severely deformed by trimming, we will suggest it be removed.  If the tree being removed is dead or dying it shall be the responsibility of the homeowner to clean up debris.  The responsibilities of the homeowner and the Cooperative will be discussed and agreed upon prior to work being done. 

What kind of pruning techniques do you use?

Our professionally trained crews use “directional pruning” methods developed by the National Arborist Association and approved by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
These methods protect the health of the tree while still providing the established minimum safety clearance.  The tree is trained to grow away from the line, minimizing the need for and severity of future trimming.

What do you do with the discarded wood?

Our crews will typically leave discarded wood at the base of the tree. If you do not wish to keep or dispose of the wood yourself, contact Member Services at 937-592-4781.

Can I have the wood chips?

Wood chips are available to customers only if a crew is working in their neighborhood. If you're interested in obtaining wood chips, contact Member Services at 937-592-4781.

How can you trim trees on my property without my permission?

We are granted permission to trim trees under membership and easement agreements with the members we serve. We are not interested in trimming beyond what is necessary for public safety and reliability of electrical service.

Call Before You Dig

Remember, anytime you are planting trees you need to call the Ohio Utilities Protection Services. By law, everyone MUST contact the Ohio Utilities Protection Service, 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764, at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before beginning ANY digging project. 

 

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