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Trees that fall into power lines can cause outages and be a serious hazard. To prevent tree-related outages and accidents, we provide property owners and professional tree workers with a broad range of information and services.

We will notify you in person or by a door hanger, letter or phone call. Our goal is to ensure customers understand our tree work program and how our efforts help keep the community safe. Find out about tree work near you.

How Does PG&E Communicate with Me About My Trees?

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How do we notify you if a tree needs to be pruned or removed? Who handles the clean up? Which trees are least likely to grow into power lines?


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Our directional tree pruning methods align with best-management practices and national standards to promote tree health and keep trees a safe distance from power lines. Our top priority is keeping you, your family and your neighbors safe.

How Will My Trees Look After PG&E Works on Them?

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How do we notify you if a tree needs to be pruned or removed? Who handles the clean up? Which trees are least likely to grow into power lines?


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Neither our contractors nor we have the authority to remove wood because the trees on your land are your property. As a courtesy, tree crews cut larger limbs into more manageable lengths and leave wood on-site for customer use. They also chip woody debris, including dead material, up to 4 inches in diameter wherever accessible, or follow best-management practices established for safe, environmentally responsible debris disposal.

Who Will Handle the Cleanup When PG&E Works on My Tree?

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How do we notify you if a tree needs to be pruned or removed? Who handles the clean up? Which trees are least likely to grow into power lines?


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The top 10 trees for planting near distribution lines in California include:

  • Cockspur Coral Tree
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Washington Hawthorn
  • Yaupon Holly
  • Saucer Magnolia
  • Manzanita
  • Japanese Maple
  • Fauer Pear
  • Redbud
  • American Smoketree

The following publications are available to you free of charge:

  • Guide to Small Trees Near Distribution Lines
  • A Guide to Landscaping Within and Along Electric Transmission Corridors
  • Selection and Planning Guide to Power-wise Tree Planting for California
  • An Illustrated Guide to Power Line Friendly Bamboo
  • Palms and Power Lines

Email RightTreeRightPlace@pge.com and indicate which guide and the number of copies you would like. Please include your mailing address. You may also call 1-800-743-5000.