Lightning

Lightning, Lightning Damage

Lightning damage to tree in Makeevka Ukraine 2008 2 by Russian Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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A tree with lightning damage
Lightning damage to tree in Makeevka Ukraine 2008 2 by Russian Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Lightning damage is pretty hard to miss. Small plants are sometimes hit, but this is rare. Likewise, any trees planted in groups are less likely to be hit. Not all trees hit by lightning need to be felled. However, trees in gardens should be for safety precautions. Damaged trees may become unstable in the longterm, as well as being more prone to disease and pests.
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Symptoms

In worst cases, the tree can be completely shattered.
Severely damaged trees may lose branches or fall completely.
Trees may become 'scarred'.

Prevention

Lightning conductors are only necessary if the tree is of high value or too close to buildings.
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