Until last week, I was under the impression that when trees grew too close to a power line, the homeowner needed to call the utility company to have the line dropped, so that a private tree contractor could safely remove the tree(s).

tree cutTrue — as long as the power line is between the home and the alley.

However, when the power line is in the alley and instead runs parallel to the home (connecting to neighboring homes), a different rule applies.

Namely, tree contractors can’t get within 10 feet of the power line.

Closer than that, and it’s the power company’s obligation to remove the tree(s).

P.S.:  Thanks to Yetzer Tree Services for that money-saving (and safety-related) tip.

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Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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