Top Tips for Planting Trees on Your Property

By Fabi R. Gomes | July 1st, 2019

In addition to boosting curb appeal and purifying the air, planting the right tree in the right place can help you save energy, reduce costs, and provide necessary shade. However, trees can also create serious hazards if not properly maintained.


Save energy by planting trees that shade your house on the east and west sides in the summer, and then shed their leaves in the fall to allow heat gain from the winter sun.

In order to protect your landscaping investment, be aware of basic tree-planting procedures. For instance, did you know that when branches or roots touch overhead or underground electric equipment, it could cause a power outage? Pay close attention to utilities around your house when planning to add large shrubs or trees.

Proper planning will help to protect the safety and reliability of your electricity over time. Reduce tree-trimming costs, minimize tree-related outages, and ensure reliable electric service in your area by choosing the right types of trees to plant, and where to plant them.

According to CPS Energy, they “encourage every citizen to increase our tree canopy and maximize its benefits by selecting recommended trees for the San Antonio region and planting them in the appropriate location.” In order to keep our residents well-educated as they choose appropriate landscaping for their homes, City Public Service has released a complete guide to the selection, planting, and care of trees in the Greater San Antonio region.

10-25′: Planting in this area is not recommended. If you choose to do so, plant low growing trees and shrubs. 25-50′: Trees in this zone should be less than 35′ tall at full maturity. 50’+: Any large trees that reach 35′ or more feet high at full maturity should be planted at least this far away from power lines.

If you have any questions in regards to current or future landscaping in your home, contact one of our CBHarper agents. Our agents have long-lasting relationships with industry-relevant third parties—such as certified arborists and landscape designers—who can provide an educated opinion and ensure all trees in your community are properly trimmed with enough clearance to maintain safety standards.