Tree/Vegetation Management

The first thing you, as a member, should know about MTEMC's tree pruning program is that we have trained specialists in place to address any tree pruning issue that you may have. Call (877) 414-7685.

Did you know?...
  1. Trees cause 80 percent of power outages.
  2. Your tree could knock out power to hundreds of your fellow members.
  3. MTEMC has a legal and moral responsibility to keep power on for all members and to keep lines clear of trees for safety's sake and reliability. 
  4. MTEMC's tree pruning methods are approved by arborists.
  5. MTEMC is willing to replace trees in members' yards if the trees are too near power lines.
  6. MTEMC has a designated phone number for your tree issues - (877) 414-7685.

Click here for answers to common questions about our tree program.

What our Tree Crews Do
Middle Tennessee Electric's tree pruning crews follow the guidelines of urban foresters and experts from the National Arborist Association and the International Society of Arboriculture.

Tree Replacement
If it becomes necessary to remove a problem tree on residential property, a replacement tree may be provided free of charge. Middle Tennessee Electric recommends the following trees for replacement of a removed tree. They are all proven performers for our area and, when properly planted, will not interfere with the power lines.

Trees appropriate for planting in/near Rights-of-Way
When planning landscaping, it should be understood that some trees have no place near power line rights-of-way or underground electric equipment. Some other tree types however, can be safely planted within and near rights-of-way. MTEMC has a list of recommendations.

Vegetation Management Specialists and Certified Arborists

If you have questions about tree pruning, MTEMC has trained people in place to help you. They are certified arborists whom we call Vegetation Management Specialists. They are familiar with a wide variety of tree species and proper tree pruning practices, and they coordinate our actual tree pruning efforts performed by the contractors we hire throughout our service area. But most importantly, they're here to serve you.

For any information about MTEMC's tree pruning program, call (877) 414-7685 or e-mail