DTE Tree Trimming Program

Fallen trees are responsible for nearly 70 percent of the time DTE Energy customers spend without power.  Tree trimming is a common sense solution to prevent outages from happening in the first place.  DTE  Energy's process for trimming trees is designed to foster communication and collaboration with customers every step of the way.

DTE is committed to communicating with you each step of the way through the tree trimming process.

What to Expect

  1. Before trimming begins, a Pre-Tree Trimming Notification Letter (PDF) will be sent letting you know DTE will be in the area.
  2. Shortly after, planners will assess your neighborhood and create a trimming plan.
  3. If trimming is needed on your property, DTE will knock on your door and leave a door hanger describing the necessary trimming.  Your planner will leave his or her contact information to answer any questions you may have regarding the work planned for your property.
  4. If a tree poses a serious hazard to the power lines, and/or if trimming will damage the tree's health, it may need to be removed.  These trees will be marked with two white dots.  In this instance, DTE's planners will make every effort to contact you to discuss the removal.  After your Tree Removal Permit (PDF) is signed, planners will mark the tree with a white "X" indicating it is ready for removal.
  5. Due to many varying factors, tree trimming schedules are sometimes changed or delayed.  In this event, DTE will do their best to inform you of those changes

More information about the tree trimming program can be found at DTE's website.  The Tree Trimming Map (PDF) shows this year's DTE tree trimming program coverage area for the City of Westland.