Lakeland Electric has a comprehensive vegetation management program to keep the power lines clear. By trimming the trees in your neighborhood every 3 years, our customers experience fewer power outages. This sensible schedule, to trim the tree just prior to when the branches approach the power lines, prevents momentary outages can affect the sensitive appliances in your house. Our strategic program keeps all of the utility equipment clear of vines and overgrown vegetation can obscure conductors. This is especially important during storms. Repairs are expedited when the power lines can be quickly assessed and vegetation does not impede access to our equipment. Tree trimming is essential for safe and reliable electric service.
Tree limbs that are pruned for the power lines are chipped into wood chips that make an excellent ground cover for driveways and parking areas. If you have a use for wood chips, we have an abundant supply.
In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, Lakeland Electric offers our customers free trees. This year, we had 300 trees reserved by our customers. By planting the right tree in the right place, you can reduce energy use by up to 20% each year. Just make sure to avoid power lines and plant the trees in the sun!