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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Invest in the future: Plant a tree

Libba Wolfe

Maybe you started reading my last column about utility line tree planting and thought, “Don’t need it” and turned to the funny pages.

Maybe you live in a new neighborhood where all the utility lines are buried.

Or maybe you’re considering a new tree in the back yard or the lower 40 where overhead wires aren’t a concern.

There still are many factors to consider when planting a tree. The first one, and I should have mentioned it last time, is a call to Miss Utility, (800) 552-7001 or simply 811. Planting a tree isn’t like slipping petunias in. You’re dealing with a big hole and big roots.

The utility companies will mark your lines within seven days of your call. So much easier than digging into your gas line. Also, 10 years down the road, when your water line needs repair and your tree has to be uprooted, you’ll wish you had called.

When I called Eric Wiseman, urban forester at Virginia Tech, I wanted to talk about trees to plant under utility wires. And we did. He’s a real “tree man” and I picked up all kinds of tips on tree selection.

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