April 11, 2016
To help limit weather-related interruptions or outages, BVTC will periodically trim trees that are conflicting with service lines.
Trees are typically trimmed along areal coaxial lines on a four- to five-year cycle. We are granted permission to trim trees under franchise and easement agreements with the communities we serve.
Our crews, which include both BVTC and contracted workers, follow standards to preserve the health and overall appearance of the trees to the best of our ability.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TREE TRIMMING:
Why does BVTC have to trim trees?
Tree limbs and service lines aren't a good combination - especially when severe weather hits. Trees are a common cause of service interruptions and outages, and a damaging storm can disrupt service for extended periods.
In addition, tree limbs and branches extending into service lines can pose risks to public safety even during mild weather.
How often do you trim trees?
Our crews, which include both BVTC and contracted workers, trim trees around our primary aerial coaxial lines on a four- to five-year cycle.
What kind of pruning techniques do you use?
Our professionally trained crews use "directional pruning" methods.
These methods protect the health of the tree while still providing the established minimum safety clearance. Through this method, the tree is trained to grow away from the line, minimizing the need for and severity of future trimming.
How can you trim trees on my property without my permission?
We are granted permission to trim trees under franchise and easement agreements with the communities we serve. We will only trim what is necessary for public safety and reliability of service.
How far do you cut back trees?
Around our service lines, preferred clearance is approximately three to five feet.
Can I have the wood chips or branches for firewood?
Wood chips and/or branches may be available to customers. If you're interested in obtaining these, it is your responsibility to locate the crew and make arrangements.