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What should I do before planting trees?

Before you plant, be aware of the location of any utility lines, including those underground. To locate underground lines such as electric, cable, telephone and gas lines, "Call Before You Dig" at 713-207-4567, statewide at 800-669-8344 or 800-545-6005, or nationwide at 811. Please call at least three days before you plan to dig.

Also, know the growth potential of your trees and place them an appropriate distance from residential power distribution lines. Click here for an approved list of compatible vegetation or contact a CenterPoint Energy forester at 713-207-2222 or 800-332-7143.

When high voltage transmission lines are nearby, never plant a tree within or directly adjacent to the transmission line right-of-way.

Planting the right tree in the right place, away from power lines, will help replenish local urban forests with quality trees and reduce CenterPoint Energy's need to trim or remove trees.