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Old 06-02-2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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Large tree hit by lightning this weekend......now what?


I really have no luck with trees and landscaping in general. If its not termites or carpenter ants, then it's lightning

This weekend we had a big lightning storm. I wasn't home at the time, but apparently lightning hit this large (oak?) tree that's 10ft from the back of my house. Tree is easily 100 yrs old.

The (visible) damage is limited to pieces of bark blown off....vertical chunks in different areas of the tree. After work yesterday, I noticed ants were already checking the area out.

It's the same with the other 2 trees I had to drop last fall (notice the wood stack in the background)........I'd hate to see it go. So am I basically stuck just letting it work itself out, or can I mortar some of the areas with missing bark?


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It should heal itself over time. You may want to spray some insect/disease control on it to keep it clean while it heals. Do a weak solution if you do that.

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Those wounds look fairly trivial in terms of the tree surviving. The branch/trunk off the right of the picture could be a problem depending on how much bark is left on the side of the tree not shown.

When looking at bark on a tree you want to note how much bark is left around the circumference of the tree (i.e. if there was a ring of missing bark you're tree would likely die). As it stands your main bole/trunk will almost surely survive, unless it's health is already compromised. That branch/trunk to the right though might not get the required water/nutrients because the ring of bark missing might be as much as 50%.

Don't wax it, or paint it or anything. It looks clean, just monitor that branch on the changing of the seasons, if that branches leaves come in slower in the spring, or turn sooner in the fall then bring in an arborist to look at it.
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Those wounds look fairly trivial in terms of the tree surviving. The branch/trunk off the right of the picture could be a problem depending on how much bark is left on the side of the tree not shown.

When looking at bark on a tree you want to note how much bark is left around the circumference of the tree (i.e. if there was a ring of missing bark you're tree would likely die). As it stands your main bole/trunk will almost surely survive, unless it's health is already compromised. That branch/trunk to the right though might not get the required water/nutrients because the ring of bark missing might be as much as 50%.

Don't wax it, or paint it or anything. It looks clean, just monitor that branch on the changing of the seasons, if that branches leaves come in slower in the spring, or turn sooner in the fall then bring in an arborist to look at it.
Thanks. That takes off some of the worry. Here are a few more pics I took yesterday.

http://imgur.com/5tVyf.jpg
http://imgur.com/ykX0w.jpg
http://imgur.com/Pd53d.jpg
http://imgur.com/JXlh5.jpg
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Looked at the rest of your photos, all looks like it should be fine. Like I said, I'd just watch what the branch does relative to the rest of the tree in terms of leaf out / leaf turn as that will be the first sign of trouble for that branch.

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