Utility FAQ

Q: How do I get Davey to come work at my house?
You need to contact Davey Tree's residential division by clicking here.

Q: I'm a subcontractor who would like to work for Davey utility services. Who do I contact for more information?
Davey Tree actively seeks Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE), Disabled Person Business Enterprises (DPBE) and/or Historically Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (HDBE) subcontractors to assist our company in providing services. Contact us here for more information.

Q: Why is it necessary to trim my trees?
Tree trimming is conducted to minimize tree-related power outages and to protect local residents. It also reduces the risks of fire. When a tree limb comes in contact with an energized power line it results in a "short circuit." This may be instantaneous, causing the power to blink for just a moment, or it can result in an outage leaving several customers or streets without power.

Q: Are there standards for how and when trees are trimmed?
The North American Electric Reliability Council standards on vegetation management are intended to reduce transmission outages caused by vegetation. It specifies a minimum safe clearance between energized conductors and vegetation, requires uniform reporting of vegetation-related transmission outages and increases documentation, design and training requirements.

Q: Who decides what trees need to be cut down and when?
Trees that require trimming are those that currently or will at some point conflict with high-voltage power lines. Tree inspectors assess the location of trees and their growth rate, as well as limb configuration and potential wind conditions. The majority of trees trimmed along power lines can be safely maintained through directional trimming. Trees that pose hazards to power lines because of ill health, high rate of growth or location must be removed. The amount of trimming necessary is based on tree growth and structure, wind sway and line sag. Species of tree, environmental factors, irrigation, proximity of the tree to a line and line configuration also are taken into consideration. It is important to have a reasonable margin of safety above the absolute minimum clearance requirements.

Q: How can I prevent my trees from being trimmed?
When purchasing a new tree for your yard, ask the nursery expert about its mature height, how much it will spread, what shape the crown will have, etc. This will help you decide where to plant to avoid future conflicts. The simple act of choosing the appropriate species of vegetation to plant near overhead lines would result in a dramatic reduction of future outages and fires, and would be an improvement in the health of our urban and rural forests.

Q: What should I keep in mind if I see Davey Tree trimming my trees?
Please understand that Davey is trimming your trees under the instruction of your local power company. If you have concerns or questions about their trimming, please contact your electric company. Also, please be patient as we realize that proper line clearance work initially affects the look of a beautiful canopy. After a few weeks, the regrowth from the tree tends to soften the effect of the trimming. The pruning technique used should train the tree growth away from the power lines, reducing the amount of trimming that will have to be performed in the future.

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