Cables and braces are installed in trees to provide extra support by limiting the movement of limbs. When used wisely, they may reduce the risk of failure and extend the life of the tree. In determining whether cabling is warranted, ArborNature takes the condition of the tree into consideration. If the root system is not structurally sound, or if the tree contains excessive decay, removal of the tree may be preferable. Hazardous trees cannot be made safe by the use of cables. Therefore, the situation must be assessed carefully when deciding to install supplemental support systems, to prune potentially hazardous or decayed limbs, or to remove the tree.
Cabling is installed in trees to limit movement of limbs judged to have a weak connection or to support heavy limbs by connecting two or more limbs together. Additional support may be needed due to split or decayed crotches, crotches with included bark, or the inherent danger of weak-wooded trees. Multi-stemmed trees are susceptible to breaking under the stress of wind or the weight of accumulated rain or ice. Branches that pose a potential threat to property or people may be candidates for cabling.
Bracing is the use of steel rods in limbs, leaders, or trunks to provide rigid support for a tree. Bracing is used to reinforce weak or split crotches, or to strengthen decayed areas. In most cases, bracing is used in combination with cabling, not as a substitute.
To learn more about ArborNature's cabling and bracing services and how it can help to extend the life of a damaged tree, contact us online or call ArborNature today.