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    Tree pruning methods

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    Tree pruning methods

    Tree pruning means reliable service

    We understand that tree pruning is a concern to homeowners. However, wind-blown tree limbs are a frequent cause of power outages, which are inconvenient to you and costly to repair. Tree pruning policy

    Tree trim diagram

    AES Indiana's contractor, Wright Tree Service, uses directional pruning methods recommended by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) to preserve the health of the trees and direct future growth away from power lines. For more information about the Tree Care Industry Association pruning methods visit their web site at

    AES Indiana tree personnel remove limbs to provide a minimum of three years clearance for re-growth. Trees are pruned back to the next available limb fork so that no branch stubs are left. Overhanging limbs within ten feet of the power lines are pruned to eliminate the danger of them falling on the lines.

    Any tree, even a healthy one, close to a power line can be hazardous. Because we are concerned about safety and providing reliable power, we may take immediate action in an unsafe situation.


    Tree pruning around the wires coming into your home

    Tree diagram

    The wire or wires that go from AES Indiana’s utility pole to your home is called the service drop. While AES Indiana does not prune trees near these service wires, we understand that you may want to prune or remove a tree that is close to or touching these lines. To safely perform this work, homeowners are encouraged to call AES Indiana’s service department at 317-261-8111.

    Upon request, AES Indiana will send a qualified service technician to disconnect the wire(s) so that you or a professional tree pruner can work safely. When completed, simply call our service department and the technician will reinstall the line. This service is provided free of charge.


    Tree pruning after a storm

    tree diagrams

    Even though our line-clearing activities are intended to prevent service interruptions by trees, these measures may not be enough. The fury of a wind or ice storm can snap heavy branches and topple trees into power lines.

    When your lights are out, AES Indiana crews have two objectives: to correct unsafe conditions and to restore your electricity as quickly as possible. As they work to repair damage, crews may need to clear branches and trees to maintain safe operating conditions and to restore service. Because of the urgent nature of this work, crews will not clean up debris caused by storms and other outages. Removal of the debris is the responsibility of the property owner.

    For more information about pruning trees or to request our Right Tree, Right Place brochure, call 317-261-8128. If you see a downed power line, stay away from it and call AES Indiana immediately at 317-261-8111. Additional details about our tree trimming policies are available on our Project cooperation page.

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