Why do arborists employed by cities and municipalities here plant tall growing trees under/beside high voltage powerlines, are they just stupid or is there a reason? It makes work for me, but it is a waste of money in that there are better places to plant trees and money that could be spent on other utility treework.
Our utility, B.C. Hydro, gives out a publication about planting trees around powerlines. It suggests planting low growing trees or bushes, never tall growing trees. I have seen it many times, I am sure they have too.
So, these trees they plant get pruned back for clearance so they don't grow into the lines, then we are called hacks for doing essential pruning, And no, you cannot make a tree look good when it is growing in this spot. Does this happen in the U.S., or are your arborists smarter?