The PUD's method of directional pruning is recommended by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the International Society of Arboriculture and best for the safety and the health of your tree. It involves removing only those limbs that will come in contact with power lines. Pruning cuts are made at intersecting lateral branches. Directional pruning reduces the number of times the tree must be pruned, reduces the number of fast-growing and weakly attached sprouts, and by directing growth away from the power lines, allows the tree to achieve its natural height and shape.
Occasionally, it may be necessary to remove trees or brush. During routine inspections, PUD certified arborists look for trees that pose a threat to PUD facilities. If you are concerned about a tree on your property, or are interested in possible removal of a tree near power lines, please contact the PUD.