Trees and shrubs can help beautify your home and save on energy costs. But you want to make sure to choose ones that won't interfere with utility lines.
Planting evergreens can create a winter windbreak for your home, and planting trees which lose their leaves in the fall can provide shade in the summer while allowing the sun to shine through on short Alaska winter day.
If you are thinking of planting, choose the appropriate tree or shrub to minimize conflicts between trees and utility lines. And remember, planting in the utility easement can make it difficult for Chugach or other utilities to gain access and to maintain their facilities. The result could mean your landscaping might need to be moved or trimmed.
Chugach is certified by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Line USA utility. Chugach works with an arborist who is available to help customers determine what type of plants and trees should be planted near utility rights of way. Call Chugach at 762-7660 for more information.