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Right Tree, Right Place

As the weather begins to change, I find myself heading outside to garden less and less. This doesn’t mean I don’t have plenty to do to winterize my yard, it simply means the feelings to hibernate are growing stronger.  Not going outside, nothing to blog about!  PG &E has solved my problem.  First, need to backtrack a bit.  Behind my home is a dead space that allows PG & E access to power lines, which are about 25-30 ft. from my back fence.  About 10 years ago, I planted a very small, Fantasy Maple Tree (Acer freemanii ‘Autumn Fantasy’ Maple).   Needless to say, as I look out my kitchen window, I see a gorgeous Maple, about 25 feet tall, with the most impressive show of reddish-purple fall colors.  (This variety of maple produces no male flowers so no messy spring clean-up.)  I’ve been told I must either cut the tree in half or remove it from my yard.  Neither option makes me happy.  After much deliberation, I have decided to remove the tree.  I’m thinking if it’s not removed, the tree will grow back and I’ll be constantly pruning my Maple.  The lesson learned is I should have looked into guidelines for planting near power lines before I chose the Fantasy Maple.  On the positive side, PG& E is not only helpful with tree removal but also provides a Guide to Small Trees near power lines for Northern California, a “Right Tree Right Place” publication.   This publication offers suggestions for landscaping with small trees, planting guides, tree selection, and tree care.  Needless to say, I have a feeling another Autumn Fantasy will be showing up elsewhere in my yard!

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM


The PG&E guide is very helpful. The Benicia Tree Foundation is working with the City of Benicia on a Tree Master Plan which will include a section on how to help residents plant the right tree in the right place. The Benicia Tree Foundation's "Tree Keeper" program can help with your tree questions.

Posted by Steve Goetz on November 24, 2011 at 9:16 AM

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