Our vegetation management team works year-round to help reduce the impact of vegetation on power lines. To ensure safety and reliability of electric service to our community, NGEMC contracts with a team of certified arborists, professional tree trimmers and even a helicopter tree trimming company. NGEMC utilizes a five-year, tree-trimming and herbicide treatment cycle to maintain more than 6,000 miles of electrical line in seven northwest Georgia counties.
Trees, plants and electricity don't mix
- Before you plant vegetation, know what’s below ground by calling 811 or by visiting georgia811.com before you dig. Contacting 811 notifies local utilities, who will locate and mark underground utilities at your planting site.
- When planting trees, avoid the potential for future conflict with overhead power lines by checking the mature size of the tree you are considering.
- Never plant trees under or near overhead power lines.
- Never attempt to trim vegetation growing on or near overhead power lines. Call NGEMC to report any vegetation that is within the power line right-of-way.
- To be safe, do not dig around or near power equipment.
- To help NGEMC crews avoid delays during maintenance, repairs or power restoration, do not plant flowers and bushes within five feet of meters, pad-mounted transformers or utility poles. Pad-mounted transformers are green electrical boxes seen in or near the yards of many members with underground electrical service.
- Get answers to common questions about vegetation management.
- Georgia 811: Know What's Below. Call Before You Dig.
- Where Are Crews Working? Click here to see areas where vegetation management crews are working.
- Who is responsible for trimming vegetation that is interfering with the service line between the transformer and a member's home? According to NGEMC’s Service Rules and Regulations, our vegetation management team typically does not remove trees that affect the service line from the transformer to the house. However, when vegetation is making contact with the service line, we will disconnect the service line so the member can remove the vegetation. We will, in turn, re-connect the service line once the work is complete. To request the disconnect service, please contact your NGEMC office. If you have questions about vegetation along the service line, please contact us and request that a forester come to inspect it. These services are provided to our members at no cost.
- Right Tree/Right Place: Tree site and selection tips.
- Proper Tree Planting
- Tree Care Information
- Tree Resources for Teachers
- Arbor Day Foundation
CONTACT US: If you need additional information, please contact our Vegetation Management office or call NGEMC at 706.259.3394, Extension 1209. Please include in the email or message the name on your account, your account number, your service address and phone number.