Tree Cabling & Bracing

Tree Cabling & Bracing
on March 10, 2016 in Tree Care Advice

Support cables and/or bracing rods are installed in trees that have potential for splitting, or to reduce stress in trees caused by high wind, heavy snow, or ice. Trees can sometimes grow irregularly; cabling or bracing can improve and restore the structural integrity of the tree by limiting the movement of the supported branches or reducing the risk of failure of weak branches. Cabling or bracing can be used to prolong the existence of a damaged tree or to reduce the hazard potential (to provide clearance above a walk, drive, or roof). A combination of cabling and bracing can successfully improve already existing splitting limbs and trunks.

Cabling and bracing can be done to young, mature, multi-trunked, split, or large open-canopy trees without affecting its aesthetic appeal.

Only professionals should be installing cabling or bracing. Our arborist can provide a FREE detailed tree structure evaluation to determine the safest and most beneficial way to install the proper equipment (materials and techniques must comply with industry standard) for controlled growth and development.

If your tree has lightning protection systems, the conductor must be attached to any support cables in the crown. Cables and braces should be inspected annually. A visual inspection by our arborist is usually all that is necessary.

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