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100 yr. old Oak Tree struck by lightning
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Imogene    Posted 06-12-2003 at 16:29:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone know what to do for a 100 yr. old Oak Tree that has been struck by lightning. The lightning stripped the bark off all the way down the trunk (about 10 inches wide) on both sides of the tree.

DHunter n NOLa    Posted 06-13-2003 at 04:08:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Click on the link below. It's pretty informative and explains a lot about lightening striking trees.

Imogene    Posted 06-13-2003 at 09:03:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks !

DeadCarp    Posted 06-12-2003 at 21:13:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Depends on the extent of injury and the tree's ability to remedy itself. Trees get their moisture from the cambium layer under the bark so if that's not totally disrupted (ie: the tree's ringed) it has a chance. Kinda watch the sides of the wound and see how it's healing. Take pictures to refer to if you can. Have you tried an online search for similar problems?

Imogene    Posted 06-12-2003 at 22:03:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It did cut into the inner bark and the wood (phloem and xylem). It is probably 3" deep. The worst damage is where the limbs begin at the top of the main trunk and I don't have a ladder big enough to climb up to see the extent of the damage , but will in a few days. No , I haven't tried to search intensly over the internet yet. There were some people about an hour away who trimmed all the old oaks for us one time but I don't know if they are still in business. That was about 10 years ago. These people were amazing. They climbed those old oaks with a rope and steel cleats, then with only ropes (regular ropes) swung from limb to limb trimming the limbs and the chain saws were attached to their bodies with ropes. When they were swinging from limb to limb the chain saws were still running. They never cut them off. Once in a while one would cut off. They would restart it right where they were. I have a hard time starting the weedeater on the ground , much less in a tree. It was truly amazing. People were stopping just to watch. Anyway, I appreciate your advice !

Randy    Posted 06-12-2003 at 18:44:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A tree at a customers also had the same problem. I asked the tree guy to come and look at it. When he gets back to me I'll post here. I was taught NOT to use wound heal or tar etc. when pruning, maybe the same holds true here.

Imogene    Posted 06-12-2003 at 20:15:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've heard not to use tar or wound heal , and I have heard to use tar or wound heal. I am confused and really want to save this tree. I appreciate any information you may be able to provide me. It may die in the end......but at least I would have tried.

Juliana    Posted 06-12-2003 at 18:39:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hope the tree makes it. If not, you can sell or use it for the fire place.

Imogene    Posted 06-12-2003 at 22:20:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks, I hope it makes it also. It is probably the oldest living tree in our town. I hope we won't have to cut it down, if we do, I thought of making coffee tables or even tables of slabs cut from the trunk. I'd have to learn how to do that , but they probably would be beautiful.

williamf    Posted 06-12-2003 at 17:15:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sometimes lightning will kill a tree outright, but not always. If you put something (pruning spray, some other remedy) on the damaged part to help protect from bugs and drying out, it may have a chance. Good luck.
We had a tall pine that finally was in the way of the house that had been struck fifteen or twenty years ago. It had a terrible scar down one side, sortof spiraling. Other than never healing up all the way, it kept on.

Imogene    Posted 06-12-2003 at 20:20:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, that is what I've heard. We have a lot of bugs here (N.Alabama) and that is what I'm afraid will happen and they will kill the tree.

Clod    Posted 06-12-2003 at 17:46:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember people used to put tar where they sawed limbs off.But if that split goes to the top I would just hope for the best.

Imogene    Posted 06-12-2003 at 22:09:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Clod, that is what I've heard. I have used tar on our pecan tree when we cut small limbs off and it worked pretty good.(I know , they are supposed to prune themselves, and they do but we have a lot of tornado weather and some of those limbs were hanging over our house). I guess I am just too anxious over this and want a perfect solution.

Clod    Posted 06-13-2003 at 18:00:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I never knew exactly why this was done.Tar on tree wounds.But I was told it keeps bugs out.

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