Live Wires and Treetops
Greenville is a Tree City USA. We all recognize the value of
trees - they improve air quality, provide cool shade in the
summer, and beautify our parks and streets.
But trees and power lines are dangerous neighbors!
GEUS crews prunes tree branches around power
However, tree trimming on private property is done only when
requested by the customer, or in response to an electric
problem call. On individual requests, GEUS
can trim small limbs that are making direct contact with
the service line, but if limbs are large or the customer
desires more extensive trimming, GEUS reserves
the right to take the electric service down temporarily for
trimming by the customer’s private contractor, if needed
for their personal safety or for the safety of the electric
Keeping power lines clear of trees that could
cause outages creates lots of mulch.
Did you know that you can pick up FREE mulch courtesy of
Pick up as much as you need and as often as you need it.
Location: 501 Wesley Street
Mulch is piled on the right side of the road
once you enter at the City of Greenville Water Treatment
Preventing hazardous conditions
Tree branches often snap during high winds. Branches that fall
on power lines create a dangerous situation!
Downed wires are a fire hazard and an electrocution risk.
Branches that touch live power lines can also start fires
trees conduct electricity, branches that touch electrical
make the tree a safety hazard.
Click on the arrow below for dramatic home video
of what can happen!
(Caution! The following unedited video contains
coarse language. You may want to turn off the sound.)
Maintaining your electric service
Downed lines or lines shorted out by contact with wind-blown
branches interrupt your electric service. Keeping trees
pruned away from power lines is one way to ensure that you
Trimming trees near live lines is DANGEROUS and should be done
only by professionals! DON'T DO IT YOURSELF.
In fact, by law, only qualified, trained workers can prune
close to power lines. To report trees that need to be trimmed
next to a power line call 903-457-2800.
|Our trained GEUS
tree trimming crews follow pruning guidelines that keep electric
utility lines clear of branches while protecting the health
of your trees. Proper pruning reduces sprouting, preventing
the need for frequent pruning. It also prevents branches from
cracking and becoming susceptible to rot.
Before "V" pruning
After "V" pruning
Before "L" pruning
- Our crews
use "directional pruning" techniques that
train trees to grow away from overhead lines.
are removed at nodes, where branches meet other branches
or the tree trunk.
trees or removing the tips of branches is avoided,
since it leads to excessive sprouting.
pruning may not enhance the beauty of your trees.
It will, however, make them safer and help them maintain
away from power lines is a necessary precaution. Your
electric utility could get out of the tree trimming
business, though, if everyone kept power lines in mind
when planting trees!
plant, check with the nursery to find out the mature
height and width of trees you are considering for your
landscape. While low-growing shrubs and small trees
may be safely planted within 25' of power lines, large
trees need to be at least 60' from the nearest overhead
lines, INCLUDING THE LINE COMING INTO YOUR HOUSE.
It's also a good idea to call GEUS and other local
utilities to locate underground lines before digging holes for new