Tree Care and Maintenance

treecare-planttrees-btn.pngtreecare-treebooklet-btn.gifTrees have many practical benefits. They are natural air filters, removing dust and greenhouse gases. They can trim your energy bills up to 20 percent. They improve the value of your property. They provide wildlife habitats and shelter, reduce soil erosion, promote a healthy environment and enhance quality of life.

But more importantly, trees are things of beauty.

There are many different types and shapes of trees. They grow at different rates and need differing types of soil and nutrients.

It is also very important to take power lines into consideration when planting a tree. Future size of the tree is very important. Plant a tree that the future size will never interfere with the power lines. Trees can retain their natural beauty if they don't have to be trimmed to protect the safety and reliability of the power lines.

Trimming trees is one of BTES' major expenses. Help us reduce this cost which must be borne by our customers. BTES uses the Lateral Pruning method. For more information on this method, click here.

Choose the right tree and the right location which is not under or near the power lines.

BTES does not trim trees near low-voltage service lines to a customer’s residence or place of business. However, in the case of endangered low-voltage lines, BTES may, with prior arrangement, lower these lines to allow the customer to perform these trimming operations. Upon completion by the customer of all necessary trimming and/or tree removal(s), BTES will reconnect the service conductors. Since energized service conductors are insulated and thus unlikely to cause an outage which would affect multiple customers, BTES concentrates its trimming and clearing efforts on its high voltage overhead plant, the majority of which consists of bare and exposed live parts which are insulated by air and distance. Should inadvertent contact occur between BTES high voltage overhead plant and surrounding trees, a power outage is then likely which could affect multiple BTES customers, even thousands depending upon the location. Due to this fact, and based upon BTES commitment to its customers in providing reliable electric service with at all times due consideration to matters of good economy, BTES elects not to trim trees near low-voltage service wires. These trees are usually owned by the customer whose service reliability is at risk.

Customers who adhere to the tree care and maintenance suggestions listed on the our website not only help to reduce tree trimming expenses to BTES and our customers, but also plants trees so they can grow naturally away from power lines.