Right Tree – Right Place

Planting a tree? You'll have many choices to make about what kind and where to put it.

A small sapling could grow to 12 metres or more. If planted too close to power lines, its branches can interfere with those lines. Consequences can range from:

  • misshaping the tree as a result of drastic pruning requirements;
  • having to remove the large tree;
  • fires and explosions caused by contact between the branch and power line.
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Bellingham Carolina & Grant St Tree Fire Explosion

See what can happen when trees make contact with power lines. Video taken in Bellingham, Washington, USA.
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Play video: ORIGINAL! Bellingham Carolina & Grant St Tree Fire Explosion 10.03.09. (4:47)

The booklets below can help you make good long-term decisions. Wherever you live in Manitoba, we can help you plant the right tree in the right place.

Right Tree – Right Place (PDF, 1.6 MB)
This guide provides details for 39 different species of trees that are popular in Manitoba. It will help you choose the safest trees for your location, based on proximity to power lines and hydro poles.

Landscaping around electrical equipment (PDF, 421 KB)
Whether above or below ground, electrical equipment and natural gas lines are part of every home's landscaping. They should be considered before any work is done.

The Tree Care Guide (PDF, 783 KB)
Proper planning, planting and maintenance are key for growing flourishing trees that will provide long lasting enjoyment.

Call or click before you dig is a free service to locate Manitoba Hydro-owned underground electrical and/or natural gas lines. Be safe and always arrange for us to check and mark your property before digging.

For more information call 204-480-5900 in Winnipeg or 1-888-624-9376 toll-free.