Tree Cabling and Tree Bracing
Have you ever seen a tree split from age, a severe storm or heavy snow? It probably caused severe damage that could have been avoided.
Unfortunately trees can sometimes grow where their branches aren't structurally stable. This can cause them to split and cause their trunks to fail to support their massive weight. When heavy tree branches, limbs and trunks split, they can cause severe property damage, injuries and even death to people and pets. To avoid this, processes are used called tree cabling and tree bracing.
When is Tree Cabling and Tree Bracing Are Necessary?
Tree cabling and tree bracing are ways to install flexible steel cable strands into trees. This reduces some of the stress caused by the weight of ice, snow, high winds and heavy branches from uneven growth.
At Belles Tree Service, our staff and ISA Certified Arborists are trained in how to identify defects and structural areas in trees that can cause damage. We look for weak junctions between stems and with over extending branches that may not be able to support their own weight.
With tree cabling and tree bracing in place, we can help to strengthen damaged and weak limbs and prevent further damage from occurring. Whether you live in the Lehigh Valley or surrounding areas, we have efficient tree experts who can help you with tree cabling and tree bracing.
How Tree Cabling Works
With tree cabling, we use sturdy cabling structures like boxes, triangles, spokes and hubs, while bracing requires strong rods and cables to tether or anchor the weight of weak branches for added support. The support can keep the branches from spreading further and minimize the splitting or fracturing from weak and heavy branches. As tree specialists for over 30 years, we work with our ISA Certified Arborists to look for ways to keep trees structurally sound and will use cabling as a minimally invasive approach to help the trees, while also protecting the surrounding property and its occupants.
Tree cabling can last for a number of years, but will require regular maintenance as the tree continues to grow. All cabling and bracing should be checked after severe storms and harsh weather to ensure the supports are still in place, hence the need to routinely inspect tree support systems.
Further Options to Explore
Aside from tree cabling and tree bracing, there are other options that home and business owners may wish to consider.
For example, pruning can help to lessen the structural failure associated with weak tree limbs. This less invasive approach can minimize the weight that a trunk or the tree itself has to support. We find this method is helpful for younger trees that should be pruned regularly to help promote a solid trunk and sturdy stem to support its growing weight.