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Tree Planting Guidelines

Trees are an important part of the neighbourhoods where we live – and the wires that deliver your electricity are too.

Choosing the correct location to plant your tree is a great first step to protecting the wires and electrical equipment around your home, avoiding outages and helping to keep you and your neighbours safe.

Before You Dig

 Please contact Alberta One Call at 1.800.242.3447 to locate buried utilities on your property before you start digging to plant your tree.

Selecting a location for your tree

The closer trees or shrubs are to electrical poles and wires, the shorter and narrower they need to be. Trees that grow close to or over wires are significant cause of damage and outages as well as posing a safety risk for you and your neighbours.

Local garden centres and tree farms can provide details on which trees would be a great choice for your yard.

Planting distance guide:

clearance zone

No trees or shrubs can be planted within one metre of the widest extension of electrical equipment.

short zone

Min. 1 metre from wires and poles.

Trees and shrubs up to two metres tall (e.g. hedges) can be planted in this zone.

medium zone

Min. 5 metres from wires and poles.

Trees in this zone can have a maximum mature or pruned height of four metres

tall zone

More than 10 metres from wires and poles.

Any height of tree is acceptable in this zone.

Customers are free to purchase natural gas services or electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).