Electric customers that have trees growing into the utility's electric lines can have them replaced with small growing ornamental trees or bushes for FREE. Please fill out our online tree form, call 874-6205 or e-mail us (wlmail@GoColumbiaMo.com) for more information.
If your property has trees growing into power lines, it's likely that you'll experience 'blinks' in your service or a power failure. Most power outages result from trees and limbs falling on electrical lines during storms. This program offers choices for landscaping options that are suitable for planting near electric lines.
The first step in trading your large tree with a smaller one is to notify us and we will inspect the problematic tree to see if it qualifies for our program.
DIRECTIONS TO SUPERIOR GARDEN CENTER: 2450 Trails West Avenue. Head west on Interstate 70. Take exit #121 for MO 240 west/US 40 west toward Fayette. (commonly referred to as the Midway exit) After traveling for 2 miles, take a left at Trails West. Superior Garden Center is on the left side of the road.
See the list of trees/bushes available with this program. Some species listed are seasonal options and subject to availability.
When planting trees, it's important to choose the site based on what the tree will look like when it is fully grown. Make sure that there is plenty of room for the tree to grow above and below the ground. Plant trees away from overhead power lines (see image below), driveways and sidewalks. Remember there are also utilities like sewer, water and electric lines underground. Planting too close to your utility lines can eventually cause problems with your services.
Always call before you dig, it’s the law. 1-800-DIG-RITE (Missouri One Call). Remember, locators only mark utility owned infrastructure, not the connection from the water meter or sewer connections to your home.
Examples of large trees (over 70 feet): Shagbark Hickory, Black Walnut, Austrian Pine, Basswood, Bur Oak, Pin Oak, Pecan, White Pine, Sweetgum and Scotch Pine.
Examples of medium trees (30 to 70 feet): Marshall Seedless, Littleleaf Linden, Norway Maple, Kentucky Coffeetree, English Oak, Pagoda Tree, Sugar Maple, Ash.
Examples of small trees (under 30 feet): Flowering Dogwood, Eastern Red Cedar, Russian Olive, Crabapple, Hawthorn, Redbud.
Examples of shrubs (to 15 feet): Euonymus Manhattan, Beautybush, Wahoo, Burning Bush, Lilac, Rose-of-Sharon, Forsythia, Mockorange, Pyracanthia.