Tree Trimming in Lakeside

Posted on December 20, 2019

Starting Friday, Dec. 20, FirstEnergy will be tree trimming. An important part of providing reliable electric service for Lakeside is clearance between electric wires and trees.

Tree work is being scheduled now to help prevent outages and related problems. This tree work will be done at no expense to homeowners and will be completed by professional tree contractors using proper arboricultural pruning practices.

Please note: wood too large to be run through the chipper will be cut into manageable lengths and left on the property.

For more information about tree work performed by FirstEnergy, visit For questions, call (724) 672-1852.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will trees be pruned?
A: A method called "Natural Directional Pruning" is used. This method is recommended by the International Society of Arboriculture and the National Arborists Association as the most desirable pruning method and will require less pruning in the future.

Q: Will the crew clean up when finished?
The trimmings are fed through a chipper. These chips are available to our customers, free of charge, when we are working in your area. These chips are available only by the truckload, which is approximately 10 cubic yards and will cover an area 10' x 100'; 3"-4" deep. Wood too large to be run through the chipper will be cut into manageable lengths and left on the property.

Q: Do you cut down trees?
A: From time to time, due to the type of tree, its condition, or location in proximity to our wires, a tree may be removed. If a tree is cut down, we will leave the wood in manageable lengths for your use and the remaining brush will be cleaned up. We will not remove the stump. However, with you permission, we will treat the stump with an EPA approved herbicide to help promote the nature decaying process.

Further information: Before you plant trees near our power lines, consult your local arborist, nurseryman, Co-operative Extension agent or one of our forestry staff for information and assistance.