Saturday, April 14, 2012

Lightning Damage to Trees

As I hear the rain pelting the house and watch the lighting cut through the night sky, it is the perfect day to talk about lighting damage to trees.

Hurricanes and tornadoes are usually accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning, weather conditions that can cause their own damage to trees.

Because of their height, trees are a favorite target of lightning. Lightning-strike damage varies- there may be no damage, if the electricity is conducted along the outside of the tree, there may be scarring where bark is tom off the tree, or there may be trunk shatter, in which the lightning charge penetrates into the tree's stem, turning moisture into steam and causing the tree to explode.

Oaks, elms, poplars, and pines are most commonly struck, but are also the trees most commonly found in isolated positions. Beech trees seem less susceptible than would be expected; when wet, the smooth bark may conduct electricity outside the tree. High-value trees can be protected by installing a multi-pointed lightning rod (one that extends from several major branches) connected solidly to the ground with a heavy copper or aluminum cable. Otherwise, fives can simply be pruned for safety, and given regular care to promote health.

If your tree gets damaged from lighting, it is best to contact a tree service who specializes in tree removal and possible dangerous tree removal. 

If you live in the Chicagoland area, Trees "R" Us, Inc. is the right company to complete this type of work safely and accurately.  We specialize in emergency tree removal as well as dangerous tree removal.  Our team of professional tree service workers are highly trained in safety so you can rest assured that your damaged tree will be removed with no risk to you, your family, and your home.  We can be reached through, or via email at, or via the phone at 847-913-9069.

Thanks for reading, 

1 comment:

  1. Trees "R" Us is pretty catchy! Its ridiculous how many trees have been brought down and destroyed by lightning storms in my area.

    -Tony Salmeron
    Charlotte Tree Service