Fall Is Ideal Time to Plant Trees

Oct 29, 2007, 01:00 ET from Oncor

    DALLAS, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Fall's cool temperatures are here,
 marking the best time for homeowners to plant trees that will flourish in
 the spring. Autumn provides the perfect environment for planting tree
 seedlings because root systems have plenty of time to establish themselves
 before the intense Texas summer begins.
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     Trees are vital to any landscape. According to the International
 Society of Arboriculture, trees provide shade and shelter, reducing yearly
 heating and cooling costs by $2.1 billion. However, trees are one of the
 primary causes of power outages when planted too close to power lines and
 electrical equipment. Tree limbs in contact with power lines can act as
 conductors and can potentially cause serious injury if there is contact.
     "Oncor encourages homeowners to check for overhead and underground
 power lines before planting and to review native trees recommended by Oncor
 that can be planted near power lines," said Brenda Pulis, Oncor's senior
 vice president of distribution. "Ideally, trees should be planted where
 they can grow without any chance of touching power lines."
     The DIG TESS program can help with locating underground power lines.
 State law requires Texans to call the toll-free DIG TESS number in order to
 have underground utility lines located and marked before digging 16 inches
 or deeper. The number is 1-800-DIG-TESS (1-800-344-8377). Always call at
 least two working days before digging.
     Oncor wants all Texans this season and year-round to make the right
 decisions when planting trees. Information on Oncor's Know Before You Grow
 program is available at http://www.oncor.com under the Community section.
 Go to Vegetation Management for a downloadable brochure and information on
 20 native trees recommended by Oncor.
     Oncor is an electric distribution and transmission business that
 provides power to more than 3 million homes and businesses and operates
 more than 115,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines in Texas.
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