TREE CABLING AND BRACING
Tree cabling and bracing is the installation of flexible steel strand cables and braces in trees to reduce stress damage from high winds, the weight of ice or snow and heavy foliage. As authorized arborists, our goal is to help strengthen weak branches in order that they are better able to face harsh weather and to improve their longevity and lessen potential risk.
Weak branches are not always recognizable, so it is important to have a certified arborist to check your trees. We can help you identify particular weak points and examine bark or large co-dominant stems, which can be signals of tree weakness that need tree cabling and bracing.
Tree cabling is used to support a tree that has a structural defect, such as co-dominant union, crack, cavity or other aggravating factor. When wind pushes alongside the upper portions of the roof it indicatively increases the amount of force and stress on the delicate area, and could cause it to fail. Cabling stops the increased force by attaching the portions of the tree to others.
Bracing is often done in close proximity to the crotch or union. It is a simple process. The first procedure is to choose the size and number of the rods needed to perfectly support the weight of the stressed parts. If the tree has a major amount of separation a come-along or other tensioning device will be used to close the crack. As soon as it is done, holes will be drilled completely through the trunks. Cabling is usually done in conjunction with bracing.
If you notice that your tree is a candidate for cabling and bracing please do not think twice to contact us.