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Old 03-09-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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A 100+ year old oak in front of my house had a long strip of bark blown off by a lighting strike. I know I will have to wait to see if the tree will survive but is there anything I can do to help it? Maybe feeding it or covering the exposed wood? It's a street tree among several others and I would just hate to lose it. The missing bark (well it's not missing, it's laying around my yard) is about 10 inches wide and goes from the ground up about 10 feet or so. A narrower strip continues another 6 feet or so and there is another narrow strip about 8 feet missing from the opposite side. A few long stips of wood about 1/2 inch thick were blown off also. thanks

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Not a whole lot for you to do but wait and see. I would call a local tree care co and have somebody( professional) look at it.

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You can install a lightning rod to prevent further damage.

Your area gets more strikes than my area.
http://ecmweb.com/mag/electric_lightning_strikes/
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Does your city/municipality have an arborist? They will come and tell you what is up for free.
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Does your city/municipality have an arborist? They will come and tell you what is up for free.

There you go In my past life, this was my profession, it was many years ago, but I doubt anything has changed with lightning damage.

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Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, we get lots of lightning here especially this time of year being tornado season. The strike in question also blew out PVC water mains in 4 places around my house. Had backhoes and city trucks all over the place. I saw a couple of the breaks before going to work. It just blew out large pieces of the PVC. Lightning does strange things. Only other damage was a couple of broken windows from the bark hitting them from about 50 feet away. And, it fried an outside GFI outlet and maybe my Netgear router.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, we get lots of lightning here especially this time of year being tornado season. The strike in question also blew out PVC water mains in 4 places around my house. Had backhoes and city trucks all over the place. I saw a couple of the breaks before going to work. It just blew out large pieces of the PVC. Lightning does strange things. Only other damage was a couple of broken windows from the bark hitting them from about 50 feet away. And, it fried an outside GFI outlet and maybe my Netgear router.

Most likely fried the tree also if it did all that damage

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