Container plants on a ElectricCo box in yard

davehertle(7)July 3, 2011

I would like some feedback on ways to hide two large electrical transformers on both front corners of my yard. They are each about 2' high, 6' long and 1.5' wide, pale OD green in color. I want to smear some camo paint on them, but that got vetoed by the front office inside the house

Right now I am having some success surrounding them with daylilies and azaleas, but had a new thought.

The electric company has the easement to the boxes, but I thought I could build a shallow box that I could sit right on the transformers, then place container plants in the box that would spread out and cover the transformers. The purpose of the box would be to hide the outline of the transformer and to hold the containers on top so they don't get blown off during a storm. Everything could come down in a couple of minutes to allow access to the box.

I know I should check out what the Electical Company will demand, but in nearly 20 years, they have never visited these.

I am in Mid-Atlantic, zone 7a, and this is a full sun site. I am thinking I could have some shallow pans to hold water resting on the top of the transformers, also hidden by the box. Since this is above ground, this will be an early spot for warm roots to thrive, getting lots of heat and sun early in the spring.

I also know that come winter, I will need to put everything away, so annuals work. Right now I am thinking of Vinca Minor and Petunias, but would be open to suggestions of a flowering vine annual and would tend to grow out and down.

Has any one seen an attempt to make one of these transformers disappear from a yard?

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We planted shrubs completely surrounding our box. You can't even see it. Every now and then we get a notice, but my husband ignores it. In over twenty years, no one has ever gotten into the box. If something happens and we have to pull a couple out we will, but so far so good.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2011 at 4:59PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

I would contact the electrical co. first. It has to be readily accessible to them in case of emergency. A couple of minutes could cost someone their life or home!

Also fertilizers are highly corrosive and could damage the transformer. And covering it will interfere with heat dissipation which can cause it to fail, sometimes with an explosion! You may be held liable for the damage.

There is very high voltage going in to the transformer, it is dangerous! I am an electrician and over the years I have saw many transformers explode, it is not a pretty site.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 1:06PM
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wertach zone 7-B SC
    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 2:17PM
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Belgianpup(Wa/Zone 7b)

Yeah, don't interfere with the performance of the transformers. They may be eyesores, but if something goes wrong, it's your home they'll probably affect first!

But I did see something that looked rather nice a year or so ago. The people bought some of those pre-made picket fence panels (30-36" tall, 6-8 ft long) (Lowes, Home Depot) and put them around the electrical boxes, and planted petunias at the base, all around. It looked like they left a foot of space all around the box.

It would also make sense to leave one side movable, so the box could be accessed.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 3:18AM
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