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Tree Planting Guidelines


Plan Before You Plant

Location, Location, Location. It’s everything when planting trees.
  • Trees that grow into power lines can create a safety hazard for children climbing them, individuals trimming them or crews working on electrical lines.
  • More than half of all power outages are caused by trees or limbs touching or falling on power lines.


The right tree in the right spot

  • When selecting your tree, be sure to consider its size at maturity.
  • BENCO recommends planting trees at least 50 feet from power lines.
  • Don’t gamble with your safety — call BENCO at 507.387.7963 before you dig, to locate and mark any underground utility lines.




To ensure your tree doesn’t violate the 10-Foot Rule, the spread of the vegetation may require that you actually plant 15-20 feet away from the power pole.



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