San Diegans to participate in Arbor Day by planting trees: SDG&E suggests correct trees for planting

Utility to particpate in tree planting

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

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.

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