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Tree Trimming / Pruning

Tree Pruning Means Reliable Service

Tree Pruning Policy
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.

p tree 01IPL'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

IPL 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 Homep tree 02

The wire or wires that go from IPL’s utility pole to your home is called the service drop. While IPL 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 IPL’s service department at 261-8111.

Upon request, IPL 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.

p tree 03Tree Pruning After a Storm

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, IPL 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 a Right Tree, Right Place brochure, call 317.261.8128. If you see a downed power line, stay away from it and call IPL immediately at 317.261.8111. Additional details about our tree trimming policies are available on our Project Cooperation page.