The strong storms we’ve experienced recently are a reminder of the tree damage that can occur during high winds and from lightning strikes. Every strike of lightning may reach more than 5 miles, produce temperatures higher than 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit and an electrical charge of 100 million volts. Imagine that force hitting a tree. If the lightning strikes just one side of the tree it has a good chance of surviving the injuries. But when the lightning passes through the entire tree with damaged wood on both sides, the tree usually dies. Unfortunately the tree may suffer from internal or below ground damage that isn’t immediately evident. If the tree continues to leaf out and produce new growth, its’ chances of recovery are much better. Sometimes the damage only affects tree branches. In this case, pruning may be needed to eliminate any hazards caused by broken tree limbs. It’s important to have a Certified Arborist assess the tree before any work is done. An Arborist can recommend the best course of action with the tree’s health in mind. It can be heartbreaking to lose a tree due to unforeseen circumstances that are uncontrollable for the homeowner. The loss of a large, mature tree can completely change the landscape and look of a home.

In addition to Arborist services, Kramer Tree Specialists offers lightning protection systems that help protect mature, older trees that are very valuable to the homeowner. KTS lightning protection systems adhere to the standards established by The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and the Lightning Protection Institute. It’s important that the lightning protection system is installed before the lightning damage occurs. Call us today for more information!

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