If you're not familiar with Local Wisdom, it is a weekly Wenatchee World column which shares helpful information; particularly for the North Central Washington resident. Today's column--Five things to know about planting the right tree in the right location--provides information that homeowners should consider when planting trees.
Local wisdom - Five things to know about planting the right tree in the right location
World staff writer
Posted March 27, 2008
"It's not a pretty sight. Here and there, along streets and alleys, formerly beautiful trees sprout grotesque shapes at their crowns.
Most times, they're directly under utility lines. They got their unsightly look because tree-trimming crews had to cut off their tops to keep branches from interfering with utility service.
Bill Sanborn is the Chelan County PUD's forestry program manager. Much of his job is devoted to keeping trees from growing into utility lines. In addition to working with the tree-trimming company under contract with the PUD, he educates the public about planting the right tree in the right location.
If that's done, trees of all sizes can grow to their mature height and natural shape. Specifically, shorter-growing trees will be planted under utility lines, and taller-growing trees can achieve their natural mature height and shape elsewhere in the yard."
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