Protecting Your Trees From Lightning
Lightning is certainly mother natures powerful destroyer of property. When a tree is struck by :Lightning, a path is created along which sap boils, cells explode, wood splinters, bark is stripped and the lightening passes through the root system of the tree into the ground. This can cause the tree to die instantly or it can cause severe damage to the tree’s structure, stability and vitality. Even when the tree survives areas where the bark is peeled provide an entry point for pests and disease.
You can’t prevent lightening strikes from occurring some trees are more at risk than others. This could be because of their location, size or species. If you would like at risk trees identified an arborist can help.
When a tree is struck by Lightning it often acts as a conductor for the electrical surge. A tree Lightning protection system is designed to reroute that surge from the tree by building a system that attracts the electricity and disperses it. Conducts are designed to draw the lightening and transmit it into the grounding system where it can then be safely dispersed. The tree is saved and the risk of damage or injury from the side flash is avoided.
Lightning damage is a lot easier to prevent than it is to repair so the installation of a lightning protection system is highly recommended. However, if it is too late and you have had a tree hit by Lightning, you should call in your tree care professionals to determine the extent of the damage. If the tree cannot be saved you will have to consider have the tree cut down. If the tree is lucky enough to be saved, it may need some nurturing, bracing, and other help to give it a chance at survival. Anytime a Lightning struck tree poses any danger it should be removed.