Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tree Power

Electric customers can save money on cooling costs with a free shade tree. Sign up now or call 874-7325.

What is Tree Power?

Tree Power promotes energy conservation through energy-efficient landscaping. When you sign up for the program, Columbia Water & Light will visit your property and suggest the best places for shade trees. You will receive a packet with the planting diagram and a coupon for a FREE 6- to 10- foot tall shade tree. There is a limit of one tree per electric meter. See what varieties of trees are available through this program

Where do I pick up my tree?

Once you have your coupon, please pick it up at Superior Garden Center (Rost Landscaping), 2450 Trails West Avenue. DIRECTIONS: 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.

Where should I plant my free shade tree?

The packet you receive will have a diagram of your property with suggested planting locations. Deciduous trees and shrubs (those that lose their leaves in the winter) should be planted to shade south walls and windows. In our area, plant trees in a direct line from a west-facing window or wall at a 75° angle clockwise from due south. Shade trees planted in direct line, drawn at the same angle from the southwest corner, will effectively shade that corner of the home. Coniferous trees (evergreen cone-bearing types) should be grouped on the northern and western sides of the house to help block winter winds.

What else do I need to know about planting my free tree?

  • Choose a site based on what the tree will look like when it is fully grown
  • Make sure your tree has plenty of room to grow, both above and below the ground
  • Plant trees away from overhead power lines, 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 1-800-DIG-RITE (Missouri One Call) to have the location of all utilities marked before doing any digging in your yard. Sewer and water lines will only be marked on the city side of the meter. Lines running from the meter to a home are not located by the utility.
Visit our Trade-A-Tree page for information about replacing trees growing near power lines with small, ornamental trees—for free!
Columbia Ordinance for this program: Chapter 27, Section 27-165


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