Just because it’s April doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be concerned with severe summer storms yet. As a matter of fact, we’ve already had a few episodes of threatening weather, including tornados and flash floods. But one of the biggest threats during this kind of weather is lightning. Trees are especially susceptible to lightning, which is why it’s important to regularly monitor your trees and call for any necessary tree care and damage repair.
Trees isolated on hills, near water, and in vast lawns or fields are even more susceptible to strikes. So what can you do when a storm comes through Nashville and wreaks havoc on your trees? Trees are resilient but preventative measures can always be taken, especially if the tree is a historical landmark. If the tree is struck and it needs to be assessed, there are a couple things the Parke Company can assist you with.
Here are just a few ways Parke can help with lightning:
Because trees are susceptible to lightning, it’s important to consider protection for older and highly-valued trees, like the Battle of Nashville tree. Installing these protective devices can decrease the likelihood of damage from lightning. This is especially important if trees are near your home or business where severe damage could occur. The lightning devices are complex systems and should not be installed without the help of a certified arborist.
Emergency tree care
As with all weather, lightning is unpredictable. If lightning hits a tree and the tree falls as a result, damage is a real possibility. If the tree falls over a roadway, on your property or on a power line, the Parke Company’s emergency team should be called immediately. The arborist will be able to address the problem quickly and remove the tree safely and efficiently. Just remember, the Parke Company’s existing clients are addressed first. If you’ve never used Parke’s tree or landscape services, call today to get your name in the books for tree care or landscape. That way, if something disastrous happens on your watch, Parke’s arborists have you covered fast.
Depending on the severity, lightning strikes can completely destroy your tree. However, there are times when trees get struck and you won’t be able to tell right away. That’s why it’s important to call a certified arborist who will be able to assist you with proper tree care, as well as guide you in a treatment plan for the affected tree. Signs of damage to the tree are cracks down the trunk, loss of leaves, sunken dead spots around the trunk or branches and death (immediate or prolonged). If you see any of these signs after a storm, contact Parke to complete a full tree care work-up.
You getting struck by lightning is a rare occurrence, but unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the trees on your landscape. Whether it’s effective preparedness, emergency service or damage repair, the arborists at the Parke Company are readily available to discuss your tree care options. Need landscape or lawn services? The Parke Company is available for that too! Call today to get your name in the books.