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The Danger of Having Large Trees Near Power Lines

Australians cherish their trees, from the childhood joy of climbing backyard trees to the careful cultivation of fruit trees in our suburbs, trees hold a special place in our hearts. However, when trees grow near power lines, they can pose significant risks to residents, properties and the power supply to homes. If you live in a neighbourhood with overhead power lines, understanding these dangers and knowing how to manage your trees safely is crucial.

The Hazards of Trees Encroaching on Power Lines

Trees near power lines can be dangerous for several reasons. Firstly, without the expertise to differentiate between types of power lines, you might not realize the severity of the hazard. For instance, residential power lines require trees to be pruned at least 1 meter away from the cables, while higher voltage lines necessitate even greater clearance.

Factors such as the growth rate of the tree, the type of soil, and weather conditions like wind and storms can all affect how close branches get to power lines. During storms, branches can fall onto power lines, causing outages or even fires. Additionally, temperature fluctuations can cause power lines to sag, increasing the risk of contact with nearby branches.

Professional arborists like us, understand these complexities. They follow strict regulations that mandate keeping tools and personnel at least 3 meters away from power lines to ensure safety. Attempting to prune these trees yourself can be extremely dangerous, so it’s best to leave it to the experts.


The Dangers of DIY Pruning

Pruning trees near power lines is not a task for the untrained. It involves significant risks, not just to the person performing the pruning but also to anyone nearby. Incorrectly pruned trees can still pose a danger, and improperly using equipment near power lines can lead to severe injuries or even fatalities.

Moreover, DIY pruning often overlooks the health of the tree. Inexperienced cuts can leave trees vulnerable to pests and diseases, potentially leading to the tree’s decline or death. Adelaide Arborists ensure that each cut is made with precision, minimising damage and promoting quick recovery, which helps maintain the tree’s health and longevity.

Professional Solutions for Safe Tree Management

If you have a tree near power lines, professional intervention is essential. We offer comprehensive services to ensure your trees are safe and healthy, minimising the risk of interference with power lines. So whether you need a tree pruned because it’s too close to a power line, require the removal of a large tree, or just seek professional advice on managing the trees in your garden.

Don’t risk your safety or the health of your trees. Contact us today, and let our certified experts handle all your tree care needs.