Small trees to put near power line


February 10, 2007|By Ellen Nibali and David Clement | Ellen Nibali and David Clement,Special to The Sun

Can you suggest a small tree for full sun under power lines? I'd prefer a native tree, trouble-free and not susceptible to insects and disease.

Canadian Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), Choke cherry (Prunus virginiana) and sassafras are possibilities. For additional information and a list of native plant nurseries, go to the Maryland Native Plant Society Web site,

I should have aerated and over-seeded in the fall, but I missed the time frame. Is it OK to aerate and over-seed in spring?

Soil aeration provides good sites for seed germination. It can be done in the spring, though natural frost heaving usually breaks up the soil enough for good soil contact anyway. If you are trying to remedy lawn compaction, however, by all means go ahead. Watch the soil moisture level. Working with too-wet soils damages soil structure. After autumn, the second best time to seed is late February through early April. Keep in mind that spring-sown grass will struggle through the stresses of summer, and you may need to seed again in the fall.


Fruit plants and trees, with the exception of peaches, can be pruned now.

Prune out dead raspberry and blackberry canes that fruited last summer.

Ellen Nibali, horticulture consultant, works at Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center, and David Clement is the center's director. The center offers Maryland residents free gardening information. Call the center's "hotline" at 800-342-2507 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.) or e-mail plant and pest questions through the Send a Question feature at

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.