My Safety: Tree Trimming and Planting
Never attempt to trim a tree close to or touching a power
line. If you see one, call PNM immediately: (888) 342-5766.
We're constantly on the lookout for trees that interfere
with power lines. If we see one in your yard, we'll prune it safely for you for free.
To prevent future power line problems, removing tall growing
trees and replanting with low-growing varieties provides
the best long-term solution.
For tips and tools to make your home safer from wildfires, which can occur when trees interfere with power lines, go to Firewise.org.
Before you plant a tree, shrub, or garden plants, make
sure you know where your underground lines are.
Before You Dig" — dial 811 statewide —
and we'll come to your home within two days and mark utility
line locations. It's smart, safe, free and it's the law.
It's also important not to plant near utility underground
switchcabinets — those green boxes sometimes seen
in residential areas.
When considering planting a tree near
a power line, the tree's mature size must be at least five
feet shorter than the line.
See diagram for suggestions
on tree species and planting guidelines