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Where and What to Plant

Where & What to Plant

NineStar Connect workers need room to work safely around electrical equipment. Obstructions can cause delays in power restoration, and overgrown or hindering vegetation can create an unsafe working environment. Trees planted in the right place can be very beneficial to your home and property.

Planting trees on the north and west side of the property can help with blocking cold winter wind and planting trees on the south and southeast side can help cool your house in the summer. Also, planting native trees and shrubs benefits the environment as well as the wildlife.

It is critical that tall growing trees (i.e. maples, oaks, tulips, pines) are not planted near the power lines. Keep in mind the tree height and crown width at maturity when choosing and planting near power lines. Refer to the “Indiana Community Tree Selection Guide” for a list of common trees and their estimated heights and crown widths.


The image above illustrates the height of mature trees and the distance they should be planted.

Here are some tree planting and landscaping tips:

  • Do not use ivy or other climbing plants around equipment.
  • Landscape plants, shrubs and fencing should be a minimum of 10 feet away from electrical equipment.
  • Use grass, gravel or 2 inch rock around electrical equipment, but do not change the grade. Don’t place dirt or wood chips against any portion of the transformer; as this could cause it to overheat.
  • Don’t plant trees near pad-mounted transformers and other electrical equipment. A tree’s large root system could lift the concrete/fiberglass pad and potentially create a power outage. Select plants that are slow growing and easy to maintain.
  • Avoid using plants with thorns, and don’t allow plants to overgrow the transformer.


Reminder: Before you plant your trees and/or landscape call 811 or 1-800-382-5544 so locators can mark the underground cables. It’s a free service that could save you time, money and could help you avoid a serious injury.