Tree Care: Working Safely And Effectively Around Power Lines

Now that the calendar has turned to May, it’s time to get out in the yard again. There are flowers to plant and trees to trim. However, before you go crazy with tree maintenance, we want to provide a refresher on working safely around power lines. Here are five tips you should absolutely consider before getting started:

  1. Stay at least 10 feet away – The last thing you want to do is touch any wires while you’re coming down from the ladder. That’s why it’s best to stay as far away as possible. Remember that no tree maintenance is worth seriously injuring yourself.
  2. Work on a steady, level surface – It goes without saying that you shouldn’t do any pruning if the surface is at all uneven. If you’re skeptical, then it’s probably best to contact a tree health professional who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. These arborists are trained and equipped with the proper safety equipment to get the job done.
  3. Avoid removing multiple large branches at once – Imagine making what you think is a normal cut and then having to think fast when a 50-pound piece of wood swings around and comes directly at your head. Probably not the situation you want to find yourself in, right? It’s best practice to remove larger branches in small, easy-to-handle sections.
  4. Make dead or heavily diseased limbs the No.1 priority – Now is a good time to cut back any broken or dead limbs and branches you notice. Doing so helps maintain the overall look and strength of your tree. Plus, the occasional trimming and pruning allow your tree to better withstand the crazy weather Mother Nature throws at us here in Colorado.
  5. Steer clear of sealing any pruning cuts or other wounds – It’s a good bet that you will notice a few wounds here and there on your tree. Your first inclination may be to cover up these unsightly spots as quickly as possible. This isn’t the best idea, though. What’s interesting about trees is that, much like humans, they have self-healing properties. It won’t be long before your tree seals over their injuries with unique scar tissue.

Our Experienced, Dependable Arborist

Why put yourself or your tree at risk this spring? Schra Tree Care is a local, family owned and operated business in Loveland. What exactly makes us different from the average tree service in Northern Colorado? Well, while we can definitely perform tree trimming and tree removal upon request, our expertise goes much further. For years, residents have trusted us to provide fundamental tree health care.

Whether your trees could benefit from pest and disease control, deep root fertilization, or something completely different, our local arborist can help. Schra Tree Care never takes a “cookie-cutter” or “one-size-fits-all” approach. You can count on us to customize a treatment plan that makes the most sense for your tree.

If you’re in need of professional tree maintenance around power lines, please be sure to call us.