Line Clearing Program
Trimming is a Job For Professionals
OUC trims tress along our distributions lines on a regular maintenance cycle employing trained, highly skilled professionals who use the proper tools and safety practices. We trim only those trees on our easements and rights-of-way or trees endangering our power lines and equipment. This may include removal of invasive tree species of less than six inches in diameter that endanger our facilities. It may also be necessary to remove an old/dead tree that has become hazard to the public or our electrical system. Please not that OUC does not trim trees that interfere with streetlights.
OUC estimates that 20 percent of all outages are caused by falling trees or limbs that come in contact with electrical lines. Please never attempt to trim a tree near electrical wires yourself.
That's why OUC contracts with the Davey Tree Expert Company to provide tree trimming services that use an environmentally sound method recommended by the U.S. Forest service and the International Society of Arboriculture. This will help prevent power outages and dangerous downed lines while promoting healthy, natural growth for our precious trees.
Once a line has come into rotation for regular trimming:
- OUC will notify you and your neighbors two to three weeks in advance by leaving a notice on your doorknob.
- When trees are being trimmed, make sure to look out for the OUC logo on our vehicles.
- As a further service—and at no cost to you—OUC will trim trees that encroach on the service entrance cable to your home.
- If you'd like us to perform this work, please call 407-423-9018 in Orlando/Orange County and 407-957-7373 in St. Cloud/Osceola County or complete the Request Tree Trimming services form so that we can schedule this service while we are in your neighborhood.
DIY: Preventive Pruning
Pruning trees near electric wires is very dangerous and should only be done by a licensed contractor. Here are a few tips to prevent trees and other vegetation from becoming an issue:
- Make sure to regularly trim trees on your property that are NOT near power lines. Not only does this protect power lines, but it also lessens the chances of home damage from flying debris in strong winds.
- OUC uses an approved pruning method when trimming trees. The illustration below shows how to prune a branch while leaving the branch collar intact.
- Additional pruning information is available from the Orange County Cooperative Extension Service.
While we perform our routine line clearing in your area, you may be eligible to receive free mulch left behind after trimming. Once our professionals are finished clearing threatening vegetation in your area, they can grind the trimmings into wood chips that and make them available to you free of charge. Because the chips are comprised of many different types of trees, they may not add to the aesthetics of your property; however, they can serve other purposes, such as:
- Reduce soil compaction – which can stunt root growth
- Reduce weeds and other invasive vegetation
- Return nutrients to your soil through the natural decomposition cycle
- Maintain soil temperature and moisture level
For more about mulch availability, please call 407-423-9018 in Orlando/Orange County or 407-957-7373 in St. Cloud/Osceola County.