Hendricks Power uses herbicides to manage vegetation along overhead conductor corridors that has the potential to grow too close to the lines, causing unsafe and unreliable electric service. Read more below on basics of herbicides and how we use them.
Herbicides enable control of the entire plant and often only require one application every few years. This eliminates the need for much more frequent mechanical treatments, like tree trimming and mowing - meaning you’ll see our crews less often. Research has shown that herbicide used on rights-of-
ways can create optimum wildlife habitats while promoting low-growing plant communities.
We evaluate sites prior to conducting vegetation management operations - ensuring that the right mechanical tool or herbicide product is used. We spot spray brush when possible to preserve desirable plants, and practice precision herbicide application techniques by using buffer zones between treatment areas and your property. The result is power lines and rights-of-ways that are clear of hazardous vegetation with minimal, if any, effect on adjacent or nearby properties.
We only apply herbicide products that have been approved for use on utility rights-of-ways by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. All herbicides used on our rights-of-ways are applied by Indiana State Certified Applicators.
Learn more about our Vegetation Management department, and how you can help!
WOOD CHIP REQUEST
Hendricks Power will deliver wood chips accumulated during the normal course of right-of-way clearing to any member requesting them (when available). Please read the information below, and complete the request form.
Wood chips are a by-product of our maintenance line clearance tree trimming work. Desired delivery sites must be clearly marked. The site must be easily accessible for a large truck. Hendricks Power may refuse to deliver the wood chips if it feels the conditions at the site may jeopardize the safety of employees, the general public, or cooperative equipment.
Once the chips have been delivered to the specified site, it will become the responsibility of the member making the request to redistribute the wood chips. Hendricks Power makes no guarantee to the quality, load size, type of condition of wood chips available.
Please note: Every attempt will be made to accommodate your request BUT Hendricks Power cannot guarantee time, date or delivery of wood chips.
- Average size load contains approximately 12 cubic yards, which is about 3.5' high x 8 'wide x 12' long.
- The mulch is full of green leaves and is in a compost stage from about April - October.
- Green mulch takes approximately 4-6 weeks to deteriorate. Using mulch in the green state may severely damage garden plants and shrubs because it is in a compost stage.
- During warm weather, green mulch may attract stinging insects.
- During the deterioration process, the mulch may have a strong odor like rotting grass or leaves. It can become extremely hot and may ignite due to spontaneous combustion.
- The mulch will kill grass under it, and stain a driveway.
- The mulch will probably contain stringy material such as small sticks.
- Do not burn wood mulch in any wood-burning stove, fireplace, furnace, etc.
- The mulch will mold and mushrooms may be present.
- Children should not play in the mulch.