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Trees for Planting near Powerlines:
The storms of 2011 showed how damaging trees can be when the fall into roadways and into powerlines and other utility infrastructure.  New trees to be planted near to powerlines should be trees with a mature height that will keep them below the powerlines.  The CT Agricultural Experiment Station and Connecticut College have developed a list of recommended trees for planting near to (not under) powerlines: Trees for Planting Near Powerlines.

Points to Consider When Selecting a Tree:
• Trees should be those that are adapted to the local climatic zone (use USDA Plant Hardiness Zones), soil and moisture conditions.

• Assessments should also be made as to degree of exposure to the sun, and whether this condition is likely to change over the life of the tree.

• The ultimate size of the tree is also a key consideration. Do not plant a tree that will outgrow the available space!

• Available soil volume for root space is also important.

Guidelines for Accepting Plant Material:
• Freshly dug material is preferred over material that has been held in storage.

• Stored plants may be rejected for excessive growth or dieback in storage.

• During transport, branches should be tied with rope or twine only. Plants may be rejected for damage to branches during transport.

• During transport, plants shall be protected from excessive drying. Usually, trees and shrubs will be tarped to protect them from excessive sun and wind.

• Roots and root balls should also be protected from drying and breakage during transport, and will be rejected if so damaged.

• Bare root stock will have their roots covered with wet soil, sawdust, wood chips, moss, peat, straw, hay, or other acceptable moisture-holding material during shipping and storage. Bare root stock not so protected will be rejected.

• When in storage, plants shall be protected from sun and wind damage, by being kept in the shade, with roots covered and well watered.

• During transport, proper means of lifting plants shall be used. Container and balled-&-burlapped plants shall not be lifted by the trunk.

Delivery to the site should be planned so that plants do not remain unplanted for more than three days after