​​Tree Planting Guide

When trees grow and extend into power lines, they can cause power outages and safety hazards for you and your neighbors. Prevent these problems by planting the “right tree in the right place,” and you won’t have to worry about us trimming or removing your trees once they grow.

Benefits of Trees

Trees help Houstonians in many ways:

  • Energy efficiency – help homes and buildings keep cool by providing shade. They also reduce wind and temperature fluctuations in your home.
  • Cleaner air – reduce Houston’s air pollution.
  • Beauty – enhance the appearance of our homes and communities.
  • Privacy – obstruct views of neighbors, traffic and more.
  • Peace & quiet – tree foliage serves as a noise buffer from city noise.
  • Fun – kids love to play, climb and swing on a tree.
  • Wildlife – provide a habitat for birds and other animals.
  • Food – produce a variety of fruits and nuts.

But not every tree is right for you and your yard. Follow the steps below to ensure you have a tree that meets your needs, fits your space and doesn’t create problems with nearby power lines.

Steps Before Planting

  1. Determine Available Space
  2. Identify nearby power lines and their type:

    Also look for nearby electrical equipment, like pad mount transformers or smart meters. Don’t plant trees, shrubs, plants or other vegetation where it can damage equipment or interfere with CenterPoint Energy’s ability to access it.

  3. Choose a Tree
  4. Knowing your space limitations, determine what tree species you want to plant.

  5. Call Before You Dig
  6. Homeowners must call 811 before digging to avoid hitting underground utility lines.

More Tree Resources

Helpful websites:

Still have questions? Call CenterPoint Energy at 713-207-2222 or 1-800-332-7143 to arrange to speak with a forester.