Residents miffed that power company trimmed trees

By Mika Highsmith - bio | email

Posted by Kate Oatis - email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Drive down Starr Ave. in east Toledo, and you can't help but notice the trees that Toledo Edison has chopped to keep them from growing into power lines.

Connie Koch understands but says she doesn't like how it looks in her neighborhood.

"These are very young trees, only eight to nine years old, and they did a hack job on them," Koch said.

Toledo Edison, though, says it's a National Harbor Assn. standard to cut trees all the way back to the trunk so they heal properly.

"I think these trees could have been saved and done three years from now," Koch said.

If you don't want this done in your neighborhood, avoid planting any tree directly underneath power lines. And make sure any tree planted within 20 ft. of residential power lines is a variety that will grow to a height of 25 ft. or less.

Small trees such as flowering crabapple, dogwood or serviceberry are ideal for these locations.   Taller trees, such as maple, oak, spruce and pine, must be at least 50 ft. from the nearest residential overhead lines.

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