Tree care clears the way for safe, reliable service

For safety and reliability, all electric utilities in California are required by law to maintain clearances for electric equipment. We prune trees near power lines and clear brush to help:

  • Save lives by removing electric shock hazards.
  • Reduce the risk of fire.
  • Prevent power outages.
Learn how SDG&E’s Vegetation Management Program maintains the space that’s needed between trees and electric equipment to help keep people safe, reduce fire risk and keep the lights on.

Vegetation management services

We take care of trees and brush near power lines to help keep the lights on and communities safe. We work year-round with qualified contractors to manage nearly a half million trees. Services performed by certified arborists and vegetation management crews include:

  • Inspection of trees.
  • Tree pruning and removal.
  • Pole brushing (clearing brush around power poles and transmission towers).
  • Quality assurance audits of work performance and compliance after each activity is completed.

Committed to best practices

As part of our Vegetation Management Program, we also conduct community education and outreach, such as tree-planting events at schools. The Arbor Day Foundation® has recognized SDG&E as a Tree Line USA® Utility every year since 2002 for best practices in tree care, worker training and public education.

To protect yourself, never prune trees near electric lines

It’s dangerous to prune trees near power lines, so you should never try it. Remember:

  • It is required by law that any tree pruning within 10 feet of power lines be performed by a line-clearance qualified arborist.
  • If you touch an electric line or an object such as a tool, ladder or tree branch that’s touching an electric line, it can cause a severe shock or death.

Inspections upon request

If you’re concerned about vegetation growing close to a power line or transformer, call our Customer Contact Center at 1-800-411-7343 to request an inspection. If a tree poses a hazard, we’ll prune it on a priority basis, within 24 hours or a few weeks, depending on how severe the hazard is.

Plan before you plant

Before you plant a tree, know where it will grow. You can help prevent power outages and fires by choosing a tree that won’t touch electric lines as it matures. To learn about planting the right tree in the right place:

Vegetation management schedules

Find out when vegetation management  crews are scheduled to work in your area.

Comunidad Vegetation
Management Area
Scheduled
Pruning Time
Allied Gd San Carlos 400 March - April
Alpine 458 February - March
Barett Lake 465 November - December
Barona 453 February - March
Blossom Valley 1 450 January - February
Blossom Valley 2 475 November - December
Bonita 552 October - November
Bonsall 1 383 May - June
Bonsall 2 398 April - May
Borrego 372 April - May
Boulevard 464 September - October
Buckman Springs 1 466 November - December
Buckman Springs 2 479 November - December
Buena Vista 1 654 March - April
Buena Vista 2 670 March - April
Carlsbad 605 November - December
Center City 513 December - January
Chula Vista East 521 September - October
Chula Vista West 520 September - October
Coronado -Imp 527 September - October
Courser Canyon 1 364 October - November
Courser Canyon 2 395 August - September
Crest 455 December - January
Dana Point 1 702 September - October
Dana Point 2 708 September - October
De Luz 1 385 August - September
De Luz 2 389 August - September
Dehesa 454 February - March
Del Mar 601 May - June
Descanso 467 March - April
East San Diego 514 January - February
El Cajon East 414 November - December
El Cajon West 410 March - April
Encinitas North 1 604 November - December
Encinitas North 2 623 February - March
Encinitas South 1 603 December - January
Encinitas South 2 614 December - January
Escondido Central 305 April - May
Escondido North 304 April - May
Escondido South 306 May - June
Eucalyptus Hills 1 451 May - June
Eucalyptus Hills 2 477 May - June
Fallbrook East 1 384 June - July
Fallbrook East 2 390 July - August
Fallbrook West 1 312 July - August
Fallbrook West 2 313 July - August
Fallbrook West 3 314 July - August
Gopher Cyn East 1 382 May - June
Gopher Cyn East 2 387 May - June
Gopher Cyn West 655 April - May
Harrison Park 369 March - April
Hidden Meadows 363 March - April
Highland Valley 353 June - July
Jamul East 463 October - November
Jamul West 460 October - November
Jesmond Dene 362 May - June
La Jolla 215 July - August
La Mesa East 406 August - September
La Mesa West 405 January - February
Laguna Hills 707 September - October
Lake Hodges North 351 February - March
Lake Hodges South 350 February - March
Lake Wohlford 357 December - January
Lakeside 420 January - February
Lemon Grove-Sp Vly 403 April - May
Lilac 1 376 August - September
Lilac 2 396 August - September
Mesa Grande 1 374 November - December
Mesa Grande 2 373 December - January
Mira Mesa 221 August - September
Mission Bay 212 February - March
Mission Hills 510 December - January
Mission Valley 220 February - March
Mount Helix 408 April - May
Mount Laguna 469 March - April
National City 518 October - November
Oceanside North 1 607 October - November
Oceanside North 2 616 October - November
Oceanside South 611 October - November
Ortega 752 September - October
Otay Mesa 553 September - October
Pala 378 September - October
Pala Mesa 380 June - July
Palomar Mountain 2 370 October - November
Palomar Mtn 1 375 October - November
Paradise Hills 519 October - November
Pauma Valley 1 360 October - November
Pauma Valley 2 361 October - November
Pine Hills 1 368 April - May
Pine Hills 2 367 March - April
Point Loma 210 December - January
Potrero 462 September - October
Poway North 310 July - August
Poway South 311 June - July
Rainbow 1 379 September - October
Rainbow 2 388 September - October
Ramona East 1 355 May - June
Ramona East 2 394 May - June
Ramona North 356 July - August
Ramona South 1 354 June - July
Ramona South 2 393 May - June
Ramona West 365 July - August
Rancho Bernardo 309 May - June
Rancho San Diego 412 November - December
Rancho Santa Fe N 1 652 December - January
Rancho Santa Fe N 2 653 February - March
Rancho Santa Fe S 1 651 January - February
Rancho Santa Fe S 2 673 January - February
Rancho Santa Fe S 3 674 January - February
Rincon 366 December - January
San Clemente 701 October - November
San Juan Capistrano 703 September - October
San Marcos 302 July - August
San Pasqual 352 August - September
San Vincente 452 January - February
Santa Ysabel 386 November - December
Santee 416 March - April
Singing Hills 456 December - January
Solana Beach 602 July - August
State College 512 January - February
Valley Center East 1 358 January - February
Valley Center East 2 391 January - February
Valley Center East 3 392 June - July
Valley Center West 1 359 June - July
Valley Center West 2 399 July - August
Viejas 468 June - July
Vista North 1 606 March - April
Vista North 2 624 April - May
Vista South 610 February - March
Warner Springs 371 November - December
Whispering Pines 1 377 April - May
Whispering Pines 2 397 April - May
Winterwarm 381 August - September
VMA Nombre Herbicide
400 Allied Gd San Carlos Jan - Mar
458 Alpine Dec - Feb
465 Barett Lake Nov - Jan
453 Barona Dec - Feb
450 Blossom Valley 1 Dec - Feb
475 Blossom Vly 2 Dec - Feb
552 Bonita Jan - Mar
383 Bonsall 1 Oct - Dec
398 Bonsall 2 Oct - Dec
372 Borrego Oct - Dec
464 Boulevard Oct - Dec
466 Buckman Sprgs 1 Nov - Jan
479 Buckman Sprgs 2 Nov - Jan
654 Buena Vista 1 Oct - Dec
670 Buena Vista 2 Oct - Dec
605 Carlsbad Jan - Mar
513 Center City Jan - Mar
521 Chula Vista East Jan - Mar
520 Chula Vista West Jan - Mar
527 Coronado -Imp Jan - Mar
364 Courser Canyon 1 Dec - Feb
395 Courser Canyon 2 Dec - Feb
455 Crest Dec - Feb
702 Dana Point 1 Jan - Mar
708 Dana Point 2 Jan - Mar
385 De Luz 1 Nov - Jan
389 De Luz 2 Nov - Jan
454 Dehesa Nov - Jan
601 Del Mar Jan - Mar
467 Descanso Oct - Dec
514 East San Diego Jan - Mar
414 El Cajon East Jan - Mar
410 El Cajon West Jan - Mar
604 Encinitas North 1 Jan - Mar
623 Encinitas North 2 Jan - Mar
603 Encinitas South 1 Jan - Mar
614 Encinitas South 2 Jan - Mar
305 Escondido Central Jan - Mar
304 Escondido North Jan - Mar
306 Escondido South Jan - Mar
451 Eucalyptus Hills 1 Dec - Feb
477 Eucalyptus Hills 2 Dec - Feb
384 Fallbrook East 1 Nov - Jan
390 Fallbrook East 2 Nov - Jan
312 Fallbrook West 1 Jan - Mar
313 Fallbrook West 2 Jan - Mar
314 Fallbrook West 3 Jan - Mar
382 Gopher CyNEast 1 Nov - Jan
387 Gopher CyNEast 2 Oct - Dec
655 Gopher CyNWest Oct - Dec
369 Harrison Park Oct - Dec
363 Hidden Meadows Nov - Jan
353 Highland Valley Dec - Feb
463 Jamul East Nov - Jan
460 Jamul West Nov - Jan
362 Jesmond Dene Nov - Jan
215 La Jolla Jan - Mar
406 La Mesa East Jan - Mar
405 La Mesa West Jan - Mar
707 Laguna Hills Jan - Mar
357 Lake Wohlford Dec - Feb
420 Lakeside Jan - Mar
403 Lem Grv-Sp Vly Jan - Mar
376 Lilac 1 Nov - Jan
396 Lilac 2 Nov - Jan
351 Lk Hodges North Nov - Jan
350 Lk Hodges South Nov - Jan
374 Mesa Grande 1 Oct - Dec
373 Mesa Grande 2 Oct - Dec
221 Mira Mesa Jan - Mar
212 Mission Bay Jan - Mar
510 Mission Hills Jan - Mar
220 Mission Valley Jan - Mar
408 Mount Helix Jan - Mar
469 Mt Laguna Oct - Dec
518 National City Jan - Mar
607 Oceanside North 1 Jan - Mar
616 Oceanside North 2 Jan - Mar
611 Oceanside South Jan - Mar
752 Ortega Dec - Feb
553 Otay Mesa Dec - Feb
378 Pala Dec - Feb
361 Pala Nov - Jan
380 Pala Mesa Nov - Jan
375 Palomar Mtn 1 Oct - Dec
370 Palomar Mtn 2 Oct - Dec
519 Paradise Hills Jan - Mar
360 Pauma Valley 1 Dec - Feb
368 Pine Hills 1 Oct - Dec
367 Pine Hills 2 Oct - Dec
210 Point Loma Jan - Mar
462 Potrero Nov - Jan
310 Poway North Jan - Mar
311 Poway South Jan - Mar
379 Rainbow 1 Dec - Feb
388 Rainbow 2 Dec - Feb
355 Ramona East 1 Dec - Feb
394 Ramona East 2 Dec - Feb
356 Ramona North Dec - Feb
354 Ramona South 1 Dec - Feb
393 Ramona South 2 Dec - Feb
365 Ramona West Dec - Feb
309 Rancho Bernardo Jan - Mar
412 Rancho San Diego Jan - Mar
652 Rho S Fe N 1 Dec - Feb
653 Rho S Fe N 2 Dec - Feb
651 Rho S Fe S 1 Dec - Feb
673 Rho S Fe S 2 Dec - Feb
674 Rho S Fe S 3 Dec - Feb
366 Rincon Dec - Feb
701 San Clemente Jan - Mar
703 San Juan Capistrano Jan - Mar
302 San Marcos Jan - Mar
352 San Pasqual Dec - Feb
452 San Vincente Dec - Feb
386 Santa Ysabel Oct - Dec
416 Santee Jan - Mar
456 Singing Hills Dec - Feb
602 Solana Beach Jan - Mar
512 State College Jan - Mar
468 Viejas Oct - Dec
606 Vista North 1 Jan - Mar
624 Vista North 2 Jan - Mar
610 Vista South Jan - Mar
358 Vly Center East 1 Dec - Feb
391 Vly Center East 2 Dec - Feb
392 Vly Center East 3 Oct - Dec
359 Vly Center West 1 Dec - Feb
399 Vly Center West 2 Dec - Feb
371 Warner Springs Oct - Dec
377 Whispering Pines 1 Oct - Dec
397 Whispering Pines 2 Oct - Dec
381 Winterwarm Nov - Jan
400 Allied Gd San Carlos Jan - Mar
458 Alpine Dec - Feb
465 Barett Lake Nov - Jan
453 Barona Dec - Feb
450 Blossom Valley 1 Dec - Feb
475 Blossom Vly 2 Dec - Feb
552 Bonita Jan - Mar
383 Bonsall 1 Oct - Dec
398 Bonsall 2 Oct - Dec
372 Borrego Oct - Dec
464 Boulevard Oct - Dec
466 Buckman Sprgs 1 Nov - Jan
479 Buckman Sprgs 2 Nov - Jan
454 Buena Vista 1 Oct - Dec
670 Buena Vista 2 Oct - Dec