Customer Requested Tree Trimming
We sometimes receive customer requests to trim trees on and around private property. For these requests, we focus on individual trees that pose an immediate risk to power lines.
Our planned vegetation management program commits to our longer term maintenance of trees near service and transmission lines across the province to help ensure overall system reliability for our customers. To learn more, 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.
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.
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.
HOMEOWNER RESPONSIBILITYThese wires require a local contractor to complete the tree work needed around them.
A lower-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.
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.
Does my tree qualify for the NS Power trimming program?
For non-emergency tree trimming requests only.
For emergency situations, please call us immediately on our 24-hour power outage line at 1-877-428-6004.
Do you require tree trimming to allow your contractor to safely work on your property?
Where is the tree?
Is the tree impacting the line that runs pole to pole or pole to house?
What line is affected?
Please ask the property owner to visit this page and answer these questions.
NS Power is not responsible for trimming these trees. A lower-voltage service wire brings electricity from the street power pole through to a mast on your house, which belongs to the home owner. Trees around service wires could damage your mast and cause a power interruption to your home.
Please call a NS Power approved contractor eligible to work on your private property.
To complete this work safely, contact us for a Tree Assist to temporarily disconnect your electrical service during this maintenance.
|LUCAS TREE EXPERTS
Operating Areas: Northern, Western and South Shore of Nova Scotia
|ATLANTIC ARBORISTS LTD.
Operating Areas: Western Nova Scotia
Operating Area: HRM
|GPF TREE SERVICES
Operating Areas: Northern Nova Scotia
|ANDREW MACDONALD LANDSCAPING
Operating Areas: Cape Breton
Trees around bottom wires do not threaten the electrical system. Please contact your telecommunications provider.
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.