SAN DIEGO - San Diegans who plan to celebrate Arbor Day Friday by planting a tree should make sure they don't conflict with overhead power lines or dig into underground cables, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.
SDG&E said residents should pick trees that will fit under overhead lines without heavy pruning. They should also call the Underground Service Alert phone number -- 811 -- so that below-ground lines can be marked prior to planting.
The utility's vegetation management teams monitor more than 425,000 trees each year to look for vegetation that might pose a hazard or reliability concern, said David Geier, vice president of electric operations for SDGE.
SDG&E also has a "Right Tree, Right Place" program in which customers can receive free removal and replacement of incompatible trees.
Information about the program can be found online at sdge.com/safety.
SDG&E said employees will participate in an Arbor Day celebration Friday at 10:30 a.m. The event will be hosted by Friends of Balboa Park and take place on Quince Street near Sixth Avenue.