The Vegetation Management Department at Hendricks Power Cooperative performs several different tasks, primarily the trimming and removal of trees around power lines. Often, trees or tree limbs come in contact with power lines, and can result in a power outage. These service interruptions are not only inconvenient for our customers, but are many times costly to the cooperative as well.
In 2013, we will be trimming trees along power lines in the following:
- Stilesville Substation
- Belleville Substation
- Danville Substation
- Prestwick Substation
- Avon East Substation
We are currently working in the Belleville Substation area. Asplundh will attempt to notify property owners prior to working in their areas.
Our goal is to manage the power lines' rights-of-way in the most efficient and cost-effective way available, providing our customers with the best service possible.
If you have any questions, please contact Frank Guthrie at (317) 718-7630.
Tree Trimming FAQ
Who will trim my trees?
Tree trimming professionals contracted by Hendricks Power Cooperative will perform all tree trimming. These crews are equipped with modern tree trimming equipment and are trained in the latest ANSI A300 pruning standards.
Will I be contacted before trees are trimmed on my property?
Yes. Members are contacted by mail and in person. If no one is home, a doorknob card will be left by the contractor working in your area. We also keep our website updated with the locations where we will be working.
How much will my tree be trimmed?
How fast your tree grows by species and proximity to the power lines determines how much clearance is necessary. Fast growing trees such as soft maple, white pine and willow require more clearance than slow growing trees like hard maple, hackberry and spruce.
If my trees were topped before, will they be topped again?
System wide, we are encouraging customers to consider directional pruning rather than topping. This does give the tree a different appearance but research has shown that this type of trimming is healthier for the tree.
Will service lines to my meter be trimmed?
Yes. We require minimal clearance on service lines. We will remove any limbs that are contacting the line.
How often does HPC trim trees in my area?
Currently trees are trimmed in each substation area on a three year rotation.
Will the debris be cleaned up?
Yes. All branches and leaves created from the trimming of your trees will be removed.
Can dead trees close to the lines be cut?
Possibly. If there is a dead tree on your property that you feel might endanger any nearby power lines, call us and we will come out and make an evaluation.
Can I receive wood chips from the trimming operation?
Yes. Call 317-718-7630 for availability.
Is help available for choosing the right tree to plant close to power lines?
Yes. Small trees, or trees with a mature height of less than 20 feet, are acceptable. These include redbud, flowering dogwood, crabapple and viburnum. If you have a specific tree in mind, call for information. No trees should ever be planted in the utility row and you should always locate underground lines before planting trees. These publications from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources may also be helpful - Power Friendly Trees & The Right Tree for the Right Place.
Are there options other than trimming my trees?
Maybe. Call for information.
Can bushes be planted close to underground transformers?
We do not advise vegetation of any kind be planted near underground transformers or any other utility equipment. The access doors need to be clear of any obstructions for the maintenance and possible restoration efforts of your service.
For more information, please contact Frank Guthrie at Hendricks Power, at 317-718-7630.