We're pruning trees to provide safe and reliable electric service
We recognize that trees can add beauty and comfort to your home, and we want to help you preserve the beauty and aesthetics of your trees whenever possible. However, there are times when it is necessary for us to visit your area to trim trees that have grown too close to overhead electric power lines. The tree can pose a potential hazard to anyone working on it or climbing in it if the tree were to come into contact with a high-voltage power line. In addition, downed trees and limbs are a leading cause of power outages in our area.
Trees are trimmed along primary transmission and distribution lines on a four- or five-year cycle; we have permission to trim trees in the communities we serve through franchise and easement agreements we have established with the communities. Our tree trimming crews follow approved standards designed to preserve the health of the trees.
We spend millions of dollars every year trimming trees away from power lines in the communities we serve so you can continue to receive the safe, reliable electric service you deserve.
Right Tree in the Right Place
One way customers can help is by planting appropriately sized species of trees that are positioned so that they do not come in contact with power lines. The video below explains planting the "Right Tree in the Right Place."Before selecting a tree for your yard, consult our brochure to ensure you're planting the "Right Tree in the Right Place." » Right Tree in the Right Place (PDF, 357k)
Tree Trimming FAQsWhy do KU and ODP trim trees?
What type of trimming techniques do KU and ODP crews use?
How often do KU and ODP trim?
How is it that KU and ODP can trim trees on my property without my permission?
Do KU and ODP remove trees if the property owner requests it?
While it is the ultimate responsibility of the property owner to maintain the trees on their property, evaluating the seriousness of some of the common defects can be difficult. This is best done by a professional arborist. That's why our professional arborists routinely inspect trees along our power lines. They work to educate customers when they identify a hazardous tree where removal is the best option.
Removal is preferred when trees that are in close proximity to our power lines require extensive pruning that would dramatically alter the tree's normal appearance. Other candidates for removal are volunteer saplings that grow under power lines. These weed trees have no room for future, natural development.
Removal of a tree is done on a case by case basis. Rest assured we will not remove a tree without written permission from the property owner. The only exception is during an emergency situation when the tree poses an immediate threat and the property owner cannot be reached.
What action does KU and ODP suggest I take if I have a tree that is coming into contact with my low voltage service line that enters my home or business?
Who is responsible for removing the storm debris from fallen trees or limbs?
Do KU and ODP offer wood chips to their customers?