KUB takes our responsibility to provide safe, reliable power seriously. Our Vegetation Management Program seeks to prevent problems through ongoing maintenance of more than 5,000 miles of line pruning along approximately 1,000 miles of that line each year.

Pruning is an essential part of electric safety and reliability, and as we prune, we make it a priority to maintain the health of the trees as well. KUB's Vegetation Management Program was established based on input from the Tree Trim Policy Review Panel made up of Knoxville-area residents.

KUB's Pruning Process

KUB informs customers with a letter approximately two weeks before crews show up to inspect tree lines. If crew members find a tree that requires pruning, the tree will be marked with paint and a door hanger will be left on the door with pruning information.

Trees are pruned using the lateral pruning method recommended by the Arbor Day Foundation. KUB prunes trees in the utility maintenance zone, not trees interfering with individual service lines. See more about vegetation management responsibilities here and service repair responsibilities here.

Click here for information about pruning on your property.

Have a Potentially Dangerous Tree?

Give us a call at 865-558-6658 Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. or email trees@kub.org. If you have an unrelated utility emergency, please call 865-524-2911.

For more detailed information about KUB's Vegetation Management Program, click here to view our pruning guide or here for frequently asked questions. You can also use our Tree Pruning Map to see if crews will be working in your area.