What if there are power lines over my tree?

When removing any tree, it is very important that you be aware of any overhead utilities that are near or travel through the tree. The utility companies (Xcel Energy or Dakota Electric) must be notified of the situation well in advance of the tree’s removal so that they may assist you.  When you contact a utility company, make sure that you notify them that you have a diseased tree, and give them your deadline. Please notify our office if there are any delays.

There are two types of situations that occur when your tree has wires near or in it:

Pole-to-Pole: This situation involves electric service to more than one residence because the wires in your tree are connected between service poles. The utility company usually prefers to handle trees around these lines by removing as much of the tree as necessary to prevent damage to their lines and to make it “safe” for other contractors to remove. They may remove only a portion of the tree and leave the remaining wood debris. It is your responsibility to dispose of any wood left on site.

Pole-to-House: This situation involves the utility lines running from service pole to your house. It is common for the utility company to disconnect the service lines involved while you or your contractor remove the tree. They will then reconnect the service lines after the work is complete. You should set a specific time for disconnection and re-connection of your service to facilitate both the efficient removal of the tree and the restoration of your service.

Contact Information:

  • Dakota Electric Association: 651-463-6287
  • Xcel Energy: 800-895-4999

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1. What is a certified arborist?
2. What should I ask for when I am hiring an arborist or tree company?
3. What is a Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector?
4. What happens when a tree is infested with emerald ash borer (EAB) , or diseased with oak wilt and/or Dutch elm disease and is marked for removal?
5. Where is EAB in Lakeville?
6. How can I tell if my tree has EAB?
7. What are the removal requirements for an infested ash tree?
8. What If I don’t think I can remove my infested/diseased tree or properly dispose of the wood within the required timeline?
9. How do I dispose of the wood?
10. Does the stump have to be ground out and removed?
11. Should I notify the City when we finish control treatments and tree removal?
12. Does the City of Lakeville offer replacement trees for removed ash trees?
13. What can I do to save my other ash trees?
14. How do I know if my property has been re-inspected and meets the insect/disease control guidelines?
15. What constitutes a tree diseased with oak wilt or Dutch elm disease?
16. Are there things I can do to protect my elms from Dutch elm disease?
17. What can I do to protect my oaks from oak wilt?
18. What does DBH mean? What factors influence how much a tree will cost to remove?
19. How did the tree inspector determine property lines, and what if I don’t think the tree is on my property?
20. What if there are power lines over my tree?
21. Does the City mark infested and diseased trees on its own property?