There is no reason to lose an important tree due to lightning strike. Trees are struck far more often than other objects, in part because of their height, but also because of their moisture content. Central Kentucky is home to a great number of historic and valuable trees on residential properties, commercial properties, universities and estates. Professionally installed lightning protection can provide both protection and peace of mind.
FAQ: Is my tree a candidate for a lightning protection system?
If your property has trees that are historic, very tall, or placed in close proximity to buildings or structures, then you may want to consider lightning protection. Although it may be impractical to install lightning rods in all of your trees, you can narrow down the list of trees that must be protected by considering: 1. The species of tree – some trees are more or less susceptible because of their unique characteristics. 2. Height of the tree and its proximity to your home – would a lightning hit to your tree endanger your family or damage valuable property?
FAQ: What if my tree has already been hit by lightning?
Call us to schedule an ISA Certified Arborist to fully inspect the tree as soon as possible, preferably while the wounds are still fresh. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may be necessary to remove at least the portions of the tree whose structural integrity have been compromised. Damaged and stressed trees are also susceptible to opportunist pests such as the ambrosia beetle, so preventative treatments may be warranted. Large trunk wounds take a very long time to heal, so a compost tea or organic fertilizer program is also recommended to increase tree vigor.