Proactive tree trimming work helps prevent tree-related outages, especially during severe weather. Directional pruning removes entire branches and limbs back to the main trunk. This helps direct future tree growth away from electric lines. Pruned trees may look odd at first; however, in the long run, such trees are less susceptible to decay and dropping branches during storms. First Energy's contractor, Asplundh Tree Service is currently in Highland Hts., and the Hillcrest area, trimming trees. This trimming program could last until the end of the year.Individual homeowners will only be notified of planned service if the contractor needs access to power lines in rear yards. In that case, they should leave a door hanger advising you that they will be working in the area.