Trees are a valuable asset in commercial, residential and public landscapes for many reasons. They add beauty, help the environment and give value to the property. However, these same trees can be a challenge for Woodruff Electric Cooperative. Trees are one of the major causes of power outages in areas with overhead utility lines. When trees contact live wires they may become conductors of electricity and cause power outages or create dangerous situations for anyone coming in contact with them.

The image below has a shaded area that represents the location where Woodruff Electric’s contract tree trimming crews are working in May.

Our primary goal at Woodruff Electric is to provide safe and reliable power to our membership. Maintaining an ongoing right-of-way program is an important part to reaching that goal. We clear the right-of-way using the safest and most efficient methods to ensure adequate and safe distance from trees and other vegetation.

Watch the video below to see our crews at work!


Plant The Right Tree In The Right Place

Trees beautify our neighborhoods, and when planted in the right spot, can even help lower energy bills. But the wrong tree in the wrong place can be a hazard, especially to our power lines. For more tips on smart tree planting in your community, contact your local electric cooperative or visit the Arbor Day Foundation’s website.

Large Trees

Height/spread of more than 40 feet, such as:

Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place.

  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Spruce
  • Pine
  • Birch
  • Sweetgum
  • Linden

Medium Trees

Height/spread of 25 to 40 feet, such as:

  • Washington Hawthorn
  • Golden Raintree
  • Eastern Redbud
  • American Arborvitae
  • Dogwoods

Small Trees

Avoid planting within 20 feet of power lines. When planting within 20 is unavoidable, use only shrubs and small trees. 

Height/spread of more than 25 feet, such as:

  • Star Magnolia
  • Crab Apple
  • Lilac