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sfurfey
Landscaping to hide utility boxes
sfurfey

We have a few big utility boxes, including cable, electric panel, and telephone, at the bottom of our driveway. Any advice on plantings to minimize their appearance would be great. We live in a Boston suburb.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

A few things to keep in mind when planting around utilities.

1 - Shallow roots so that maintenance or removal of the plant does not interfere with cables, pipes, etc.
2 - Do not plant too close to the boxes, leave plenty of space for maintenance access of the utilities, as well as the plants. Two to three feet away on the sides and back, nothing on the front/access side.

I cannot recommend any specific plants, as they're all just green leafy things to me. Talk with nursery folks and/or research on-line for plants with characteristics you are looking for.

keith3267
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keith3267

Many times these boxes will have a decal on them showing the minimum distance requirements for any plantings. You want to use cheap plants as the utility company has the right to dig them up and toss them if they are in the way.

ordjen
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ordjen

Keep in mind that the utility companies have an legal "easement". If you plant something that impedes their repair or replacement of their equipment, they have the right to prune or remove your landscaping.

dj1
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dj1
sfurfey wrote:

We have a few big utility boxes, including cable, electric panel, and telephone, at the bottom of our driveway. Any advice on plantings to minimize their appearance would be great. We live in a Boston suburb.

The relatively small boxes that you mentioned can't be covered, for the reasons mentioned.

Bigger appliances, like A/C compressor, rely on air flow for optimum performance, and should not be covered by close dense plants or walls.

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