MERRILLVILLE – This month, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) will provide over 60 trees to several area community projects. These trees will provide energy conservation benefits, aid communities in increasing their total urban canopy coverage goals, provide numerous environmental and economic benefits and demonstrate “Right Tree, Right Place” planting practices.
Planting sites include:
• Humane Indiana Animal Shelter – Munster
• Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District Office – Crown Point
• Kosciusko Community Hospital – Warsaw
• Schererville Parks and Recreation Department – Schererville
“This is a great time to plant trees,” said John Stout, manager of vegetation management for NIPSCO. “Cool temperatures and rain mean roots have time to establish in warm soil before the ground freezes. We’re glad to have a chance to provide these four organizations with trees that will improve their landscapes for many years.”
NIPSCO, honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a TREE LINE USA Utility, regularly provides funding to community tree-planting projects in northern Indiana. NIPSCO is one of two utilities in the country to be a successful member of this program every year since its start in 1993. The TREE LINE USA award recognizes NIPSCO for professionalism and environmental stewardship in vegetation management practices. To find out more about NIPSCO’s Forestry Operations department or its planting programs, please visit NIPSCO.com/Trees.
Tips for Selecting the Right Tree
Choosing the right tree is a very important decision. Determining the right tree and the right spot to plant it helps ensure that that your tree doesn’t come in contact with any overhead electric lines.
1. Always decide in advance what you would like your tree to do for you. Do you want shade, framing, accent color, screening, energy conservation, wildlife habitat or something else? Keep in mind the type of tree and its foliage.
2. Always consider the height and spread of the tree once it reaches maturity. Never select medium or large trees for planting near overhead utility wires.
3. Always choose a tree that will thrive. Remember to look for a tree with a strong main trunk that is well suited to your climate and soil conditions. Avoid trees with shipping and handling damage such as trunk scrapes, broken limbs or torn roots.
4. Always call “811” to have locates performed on your planting site. With at least two full business days notice, all underground utilities on your property will be located so you may dig safely. The call and service is free—and it’s the LAW!