The Nashville and Middle Tennessee areas have already seen plenty of severe summer thunderstorms. Heavy rainfall, wind and lightning are only a few major parts of these storms. We’ve already discussed emergency flooding and how that can affect your lawn and landscape, but how might trees be threatened when a major storm rages through the metro area? Trees are incredibly susceptible to lightning and should be monitored regularly by the Parke Company’s certified arborists.
Trees can easily be struck by lightning because of their height. Trees isolated on hills, near water, vast lawns, landscapes or in fields are even more susceptible to strikes. Depending on the severity, lightning strikes can completely destroy your tree. However, there are times when trees get struck and it’s hard to see the signs. That’s why it’s important to call a certified arborist who will be able to assist you with proper tree care and guide you in a treatment plan for the affected tree.
Signs of Damage:
- Trees die within a few days, weeks or months
- Cracks develop down the trunk
- Trees lose their leaves
- Sunken dead spots appear along the trunk and/or branches
Ways to Protect:
Because trees are so susceptible to lightning, it’s important to consider protection for high-valued trees, for example the Witness Tree at Richland Country Club. Installing these protective devices can decrease the likelihood of damage from a lightning strike. This is especially important if trees are near your home or business. These are complex systems in your trees and nearby structure and are not for the Do-It-Yourself worker. In order to ensure long-term protection and correct installation, call the Parke Company and speak with a certified arborist about installing one in your landscape.
Tree care doesn’t just stop with check-ups and evaluations. If you notice that your trees have symptoms of damage or begin to die quickly, call the Parke Company to discuss 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.