Trimming trees near power lines helps maintain the reliability of the electrical system. Each year, our vegetation management team identifies work areas throughout the province where we will manage tree growth near high voltage power lines and equipment.
In addition, we sometimes receive customer requests to trim trees on and around customer properties. To provide the best service possible, we focus on trees that pose an immediate risk of affecting power lines and service reliability. Requests that do not qualify for this program, will help us to plan our annual vegetation management. To learn more about our vegetation management work, click here.
When to Submit a Tree Trimming Request?
Emergency situations require our immediate attention. A tree laying on a power line can cause flickering lights in the home or damage to a utility pole and equipment. If you see this kind of situation, please call us immediately on our 24-hour power outage line at 1-877-428-6004.
Non-emergency situations are determined if there is no immediate threat to power lines, refer to the diagram below to learn more about trees that are within Nova Scotia Power’s responsibility or yours as a homeowner.
We sometimes receive customer requests to trim trees on and around customer properties. To provide you with the best service possible, we focus on requests for trees that are near dangerous power lines to ensure you are kept safe.
NOVA SCOTIA POWER RESPONSIBILITY
These wires are high voltage and dangerous. It is Nova Scotia Power’s responsibility to maintain safe clearance around these wires for the health of the electrical system. If you see a tree near these wires, please Request a Tree Trim in MyAccount or call us at 1-800-428-6230.
Emergency situations require Nova Scotia Power’s immediate attention. A tree laying on a power line can cause flickering lights in the home or damage to a utility pole and equipment. If you see this kind of situation, please call us immediately at 1-877-428-6004.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITYThese wires require a local contractor to complete the tree work needed around them.
A low-voltage service wire brings electricity from the street power pole through to a mast on your house, which belongs to you. Trees around service wires could damage your mast and cause a power interruption to your home. Trimming is your responsibility. Qualified contractors are able to work around service wires. Find a local contractor here.
Communication wires (with black insulation around them) are the lower wires that run along the street and into your house, transmitting phone, cable and Internet signals. These are not electrical wires. Trees around these wires do not threaten the electrical system.
Support cables provide physical support to utility poles. These are not electrical wires. Trees or bushes around these wires do not threaten the electrical system.
Tree Trimming Contractors & NS Operating Areas
These contractors are approved by Nova Scotia Power to work near our power lines for the purposes of tree clearing, and are available to perform tree work on your property as well.
Tree Planting Advice
The right tree in the right place.
There are lots of great benefits to having trees in our communities. That’s why we work with you to find trees that work well near power lines. We want to make sure your family stays safe and avoid unnecessary power outages. To help you choose the right trees, we and our partner Landscape Nova Scotia created the Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place program. Together, we’ll help you find safe ways to use trees when landscaping near power lines.
Many trees are safe to plant near power lines:
- Young’s Weeping Birch
- Weeping Siberian
- Catalpa Umbrella Tree
- Globe Maples
- Service Berry
- White Fringetree
- Toba Hawthorn
- Purple Weeping Beech
- Tree Form Hydrangea
- Kwanzan Cherry
- Newport Plum
- Weeping Mulberry
- Weeping Goat Willow
- Japanese Maples
- Japanese Stewartia
- Golden Chain Tree
- Emerald Cedar
- Holmstrup Cedar
- Unicorn Cedar
- Moffet Blue Juniper
- Skyrocket Juniper
- Ontario Green Juniper
- Spartan Juniper
- Dwarf White Pine
- Dwarf Ohlendorffii Spruce
- Dwarf Serbian Spruce
- Nest Spruce
- Montgomery Blue Spruce
- Pink Spires
- Prairie Fire
- Indian Magic
- Weeping Flowering Crab
- Red Splendor
- Dr. Merrill
- Royal Star
- Susan Lenard
- Messel Saucer
- Kousa Chinensis
Making the right tree choice offers great benefits.
- You’ll help prevent safety hazards and power outages. You’ll also reduce the need for tree and limb cutting around power lines.
- Trees screen and buffer utility lines in residential areas and have a direct effect on the environment by removing carbon dioxide, generating oxygen and capturing dust and smog particles.
- Trees have cooling effects through providing shade during the hot summer months and reduce energy costs for air-conditioning and water use.
- Large trees promote wildlife habitats in our communities.