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Arbor Day Trees/Georgia Power Planting Zones

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The Athens Housing Authority holding a tree planting in the Broadacres Community this Arbor Day. 18 large shade trees will be added to the community’s landscape.

Brett Ganas, Director of the Grounds Department at UGA, was among those taking part.

“This is a part of our Tree campus USA certification program,” Ganas said. “We were awarded for the 9th consecutive year and it is a distinguishing honor that the Arbor Day foundation awards to campuses all over the country.”

Ganas helped plant one of three Kousa Dogwood trees.

Georgia Power is urging customers to use caution this Arbor Day. The company is highlighting the importance of planting the right trees in the right place around homes, businesses and power lines.

Georgia Power recommends dividing yards into three specific zones, Tall Zone, with trees 60 feet or higher, Medium Zone, those no taller than 40 feet and Low Zone, trees and shrubs no taller than 25 feet. Those in the Low Zone may be planted 15 feet from electric utility wires.

Georgia Power also reminds customers of the importance of calling 811 before they dig.

The company works every day with Georgia 811 to ensure that projects are safe and comply with the "Georgia Dig Law." The law requires that workers contact Georgia 811 before digging to have all underground utility lines (such as power, communications, gas and water lines) clearly marked. Georgia residents can call the free service at 8-1-1 or (800)-282-7411, or submit an electronic request at www.Georgia811.com.