Tree Planting Tips

Tree plantingSince you can't rearrange trees in your yard once they are planted, it pays to carefully consider a number of factors before you decide where to plant new trees.

Give your tree enough space for its mature size

✓   Where possible, plant trees 10 feet away from underground utilities including water, sewer and gas pipes as well as underground electric, phone and cable lines.

✓   Plant only small trees under high voltage power lines. The mature height of the tree should be at least 4 feet less than the height of overhead high voltage wires.

✓   Plant trees far enough from buildings, sidewalks, driveways and foundations to avoid future problems. Trees that will grow into large trees at maturity will need more room than smaller, miniature trees and should be planted farther from underground and above ground utility lines and structures.

Maximize your energy savings

✓   Walls facing east and west receive maximum exposure to sun during the middle of summer and are the most important parts of your house to shade.

✓   Use trees to shade sidewalks, patios, and pavement to reduce the amount of heat that is reflected from and stored in these surfaces.

✓   Shading your air conditioner in the summer will improve its efficiency and save energy.

✓   Use deciduous trees to provide summer shade on your house. They will lose their leaves in fall, allowing winter sun to warm the house to reduce your heating costs.

✓   Evergreen trees produce shade in winter too, so plant them toward the north side of your property if possible, to decrease the amount of shade your house receives in the winter.

Tree Trimming for Electrical Line Clearance

Lodi Utilities has identified wind-blown tree limbs that come in contact with power lines as a major cause of interruptions of electrical service. To maintain the reliability and safety of your electric service, tree limbs must be trimmed away from power lines.

Utility line workers typically work on trimming trees throughout the city between November – February. Trees are trimmed in accordance with arboricultural standards. These standards include removing all limbs to provide a minimum of 3-4 years’ clearance from regrowth or back to the next available limb fork so no branch stubs are left. Any limbs overhanging within eight feet of the line will be trimmed back to eliminate the danger of them falling on the power lines. Written permission is not required for line clearance trimming. 

A tree trimming FAQ is available with general information for residents. Residents who have additional questions or concerns should contact the Director of Operations.