Trees for Tennessee Landscapes - Choosing the Right Tree
Serious conflicts often develop between utilities and trees. Trees that grow into electric wires pose serious safety issues and often result in less reliable service. Util- ity companies spend more than $1 billion annually for tree pruning, passing this cost on to the consumer. In addition, trees are often disÞ gured by improper pruning and killed or seriously injured by excavation for underground wires and pipes.
"SP611 Trees to Plant under Power Lines," The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service, SP 611 - 12M - 7/03 R12-4910-034-004-04, http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_agexfores/56