Department is committed to providing safe and reliable
electric power to all of its customers in Florence and
Lauderdale County. One of the most common causes of power
outages is a tree growing into or near power lines. These same
trees often present hidden dangers to those playing or working
near them. The methods we use to trim trees away from power
lines will encourage natural growth and help direct new growth
away from power lines. This tree maintenance program will
result in safer, more reliable electric service to you and
Notification of line clearance work has become one of our
highest priorities. We will attempt to notify you by phone,
mail, or by a door hanger, before any tree trimming is done on
your property. We use an integrated vegetation management (IVM)
approach to rights-of-way maintenance, which promotes native
plant species and enhances wildlife habitat. This program is
endorsed by many wildlife groups, and promotes habitats for
many species, such as Quail, Turkey, Deer and Butterflies.
We have a
cyclic approach of trimming all lines so the trees should only
need trimming once every four years. EPA registered herbicides
are also included in the program to control trees and brush
growing up under the power lines.
If you have a
question or concern about tree trimming and line clearance
please call 760-6533. A Florence Electricity Department
representative will be happy to discuss your tree-related
problems or request for tree removal.
Dr. Kim Koder: (www.forestry.uga.edu/efr)
We have become
a society devoted to our trees. Trees provide shade, beauty,
help reduce noise, and can even increase property values. We
are also a society that demands continuous electrical service.
Our zeal for both trees and electricity often places the two
in conflict because trees growing too close to overhead
electric wires may threaten your safety and cause power
outages. Tree pruning is one of the most highly visible and
widely criticized activities of electric utility companies,
but is also vitally necessary.
Utilities, like most utility companies, uses pruning
techniques that meet American National Standards. These
techniques utilize, "natural, lateral, or directional" pruning
methods that minimize the impact on tree health, structure,
and appearance. These improved pruning methods also speed
wound closure, reduce sprout growth, and ultimately direct
future limb growth away from the wires. Trees stay healthier
and live longer.
following are the pruning styles that we utilize:
reduction: removes the main leader or leaders to a suitable
lateral branch beneath the boundary of the remaining crown.
This method is best used on slow-growing trees or those whose
mature height will only marginally reach the electric lines.
Side-pruning: removes branches on the wire side of a
tree to direct future growth away from the line.
V or Through-pruning: used for trees located directly
beneath low-voltage lines or where snow and ice are seldom a
problem. These styles are nearly the same except that some
branch "overhang" is left above the wires with through-pruning
and no branch "overhang" is left with V-pruning.
To truly eliminate the conflict between trees and overhead
electric wires, we must select and plant only trees whose
mature height and spread will not interfere with nearby
utility lines. Consult your local nursery, utility forester,
or garden center for assistance in choosing trees to plant
under electric wires.