More than a million trees in the United States are struck by lightning every year. Lightning strikes can immediately kill or weaken trees to the point that they get attacked and killed by insects or other means. Trees that have been struck by lightning often times need to be be removed because of the structural and internal damage caused by the electrical charge. Lightning poses a major risk, not only to the trees themselves, but to nearby structures as well as a stike hits a tree and then jumps to metal objects on the structures, such as downspouts and gutters. If a structure is in close proximity to a tree or trees, they can be at significant risk from this side-jumping. Tall trees are most at risk from lightning strikes and some species are more at risk than others. Mature and historic trees, those in prominent property locations and those close to structures are prime candidates for protection.
A comprehensive lightning protection system can minimize the risk of damage from lightning when implemented properly. Conductors connected to a proper ground can reduce tree damage and dispurse the generated current to the earth. Our systems protect your trees and reduce the risk of a side-flash to adjacent structures. Lightning will rarely damage trees when a system has been installed that complies to the American National Standards Institute A300 Standards, which have been adopted by The Tree Care Industry Association. While it's true that protection from lightning can't be completely guaranteed due to the unpredictable nature of the source, a proper protection system will minimize the potential risk. Once implemented, lightning protection systems should also be inspected annually. These systems will require maintenance to accommodate tree growth through the year.