Trees can add a certain elegance and beauty to your Florida property. It doesn’t matter if they are towering oaks or beautiful magnolias, it’s important to know the best ways to keep them looking great and staying healthy. One way to do that is with a Tree Inspection from Dusty’s Tree Service. With a professional tree services company on your side, we can help you to protect your trees from whatever may come.
One thing that Crystal River, Dunnellon, and surrounding Florida residents have to consider is the storm threat. Whether it’s a summer-afternoon thunderstorm or even a hurricane, you have to know what to do when it comes to your trees and lightning. This can cause a lot of damage and danger if you don’t know what to do ahead of time.
Direct Lightning Strikes To A Tree
First, you may wonder what causes lightning to strike a tree in the first place. You may have seen some wild storms in your time that never once hit a tree near you. Other times you may have seen it hit trees all around.
So, what causes lightning to strike a tree? Lightning is seeking out the path of least resistance and tall objects. Trees are the perfect target. The sap, moisture, or resin in a tree makes it easy for electricity to move as it offers the least amount of resistance. The more resin or sap a tree has, the more of a target it becomes.
Trees Targeted By Lightning Include:
• In an open field or area with nothing else around.
• Near bodies of water.
• On the edge of a group of trees.
• Close to a building.
• Having electric lights strung from the tree itself.
When a direct lightning strike happens, it can take one of two pathways down the tree. For example, if you’ve had a lot of rain and the outside of the tree is damp, the lightning will travel down the outside of the bark causing less damage to the inside of the tree.
If the inside of the tree is damp, the tree can explode if hit by lightning. Sometimes a tree may catch fire. In other cases, a tree may continue living for years to come. The life of the tree depends on how severe the damage was.
An indirect lightning strike happens when it hits a tree within 60-feet of your home or business and the current shuts down your electricity. It’s important to realize that a lightning strike on a tree doesn’t stop when it hits the tree. It travels a distance and can cause damage to other areas of your property.
Lightning can travel down the tree and destroy electronics within 60 feet. It can cause electronics to fry, power to go out, and even cause fires. It’s important to call in authorities whenever you’ve had a home struck by lightning whether directly or indirectly.
Protect Your Trees From Lightning
Can you protect your trees and home from lightning?
Working with trained and certified professional tree service experts can help. We can install a copper system in the tree. The system consists of a copper wire that runs down the length of the tree, into the ground. The wire directs the lightning away from the tree. However, this isn’t always a cost-effective way to protect your property.
It may not be feasible to install this type of system on your entire property. If there are trees that are close to the home, that is historical or very old, or of some other significance, you may consider installing them. This will help protect those trees that are significant and that may cause issues with your home or buildings on the property.
Working with a professional tree removal service can help you to understand the dangers to your property of lightning strikes and how best to protect your home and your family. Lightning can cause massive damage and loss of life in some instances. Being ahead of the game and preparing now is a great way to prevent tragedy down the road.
Calling the experts at Dusty’s Tree Service helps you to learn the safest way to protect your home from lightning strikes. Remember, just because you don’t see the damage right away doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Call a Trained Professional
Protect your home, your property, and your family today by working with certified arborist to get your trees taken care of. Make sure they are healthy and ready to face whatever Florida weather throws your way.