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When a tree gets hit by lightning, anyone in a nearby building experiences the intensity of the bolt and the instantaneous crash of lightning. The hit tree may then bear a mark, one that testifies to the tree’s endangered position. The owner of the property where the endangered plant is rooted in the ground must decide what action is needed.

The immediate actions that should be taken

• Remove any hanging branches.
• Arrange to have the tree examined by a professional arborist.

The arborist will look for any of these signs of damage:

• A crack or slit in the trunk
• A place where the bark has been stripped off
• Places where the leaves have wilted
• Areas of the bark that appear burnt or blackened.

Those signs can be used to answer this question: Did the lightning strike on one or both sides of the tree? Arborist in San Jose knows that a tree’s chances for surviving are greater, if it was struck on only one side. Still, those chances are rather slim.

Possible actions to take before a storm fills the skies with thunder and lightning:

It is possible to invest in a system that protects trees from lightning’s effects. While not every homeowner will be able to budget for such a device, that protection system might be a sound investment for an apartment owner. A renter can get shocked by the experience of seeing an intense light and hearing a thunderous roar at the same time.

It is doubtful that any renter would move quite soon after having that experience. Still, the shocked individual may start looking for an alternative apartment, one that would be available once the lease has run out. If the trees near the building are protected, an apartment owner does not have to worry about that possibility.

When a family’s budget eliminates that logic of buying a protective system, a homeowner can still keep a tree healthy. That serves as a type of natural protection. A tree’s health has been insured, if that tall plant is well-watered, properly-fertilized, and provided with a mulch covering at its base.

That combination of benefits should work to encourage the creation of new growth. Only replacement of the lost and damaged parts can work well towards achievement of a satisfactory repair process. After all, nature acts to repair a damaged plant in much the way that it acts to repair an injured human.

The cells must divide and make more protein. The protein-making process demands energy. Plants use water and nutrients to create protein, and to make the chemicals that can energize the growth process. Of course, only a healthy plant can carry out that series of events, and ensure completion of the needed, life-giving process.