Lightning strikes can damage and weaken trees, creating a hazard and potentially causing serious problems for your property, especially in the event of another storm. Lightning protection systems are an excellent way to mitigate that risk.
Because trees are often the tallest objects in a landscape, naturally, they are more vulnerable to being struck by lightning. Electrical current seeks the path of least resistance, passing through the trunk of a tree and through the roots before dissipating in the ground. Major unseen internal and root damage may occur, weakening trees and making them more susceptible to disease.
Lightning protection systems are not designed to attract lightning or even to prevent strikes from occurring. Instead, they are designed to be the preferred path of least resistance, directing the current away from the tree directly into the ground.
Wonderland Tree Care + Landscapes follows the ANSI A300 Standards for safe installation and maintenance of lightning protection systems.
We recommend protecting the following:
Trees within 10 feet of a structure
Trees of historical significance
Trees with sentimental value or add aesthetic value to the property
If one of these scenarios applies to you and you’re interested in a lightning protection system for a tree or trees on your property, contact us to set up a site visit for an estimate.