LCEC sponsors Garden Club of Cape Coral as they promote safe tree planting and care

April 20, 2021 – LCEC announced that it will partner with the Garden Club of Cape Coral to sponsor a landscaping project for a Habitat for Humanity’s Cape Coral Women Build home. The Garden Club will work with Lee County Master Gardener Volunteers to create a Florida Friendly landscaping in the hopes of being an example to others in the community. This project will be documented, and a video will be created and by the Lee County Master Gardener Volunteers to educate residents on the Nine Principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping.

“Our decision to sponsor this initiative has to do with the importance of the first principle in the Florida Friendly Landscaping program, Right Plant, Right Place,” said Public Relations Director Karen Ryan. “We are passionate about helping residents in our community understand it can be life-saving to plant vegetation planted safely away from power lines and care for trees properly.”

LCEC reminds all residents that:
• Touching or contacting power lines with tools may cause a powerful or fatal electric shock.
• When pruning trees, all tools and trimmings must remain a minimum of 10 feet away from energized lines.
• Only qualified Line Clearance Arborists may work within 10 feet of energized lines
• Always contact LCEC before performing or contracting tree work near electric lines. LCEC can schedule safe clearing in advance of your tree care or deenergize the line.

LCEC has a strong focus on tree planning and care. Contact with power lines is extremely dangerous, and in some cases, fatal. To learn more about LCEC’s commitment to safe tree care practices, visit