Tree Cabling and Bracing
Trees make a great addition to any yard or garden, and often they have a lot of sentimental value to homeowners, so when your tree starts to grow on an odd angle or looks like it's going to break, you want to do what you can to keep it safe and in one piece. As trees grow they can sometimes start to split, resulting in the trunk separating into 2, looking like a "Y" shape. This is called Co-dominant stems and often leads to one of the trunks getting too heavy and collapsing. Cabling and bracing can help to resolve this, adding support into the tree to prevent any falls and damage.
When a tree looks like it's going to fall, the most important first step is to inspect it to work out what is causing the problem and how best to fix it to prevent any issues arising. There are many different reasons for a tree to fall, and each one needs to be handled differently, so an inspection is essential to work out the best course of action. Our experienced team can come directly to your home with all the necessary equipment and have a thorough look at the problem tree, diagnosing the issue and working out the best way to repair it.
Cabling a tree involves fastening a cable between critical points in the tree to help strengthen it, attaching unsupported sections to the stronger areas of the tree so it can help to keep the tree up with its own strength. Cabling is quite a tricky process and can sometimes be like a very complex physics equation, working out the strongest and weakest load points and connecting them with the cable. Our contractors will make short work of the cabling process and have your tree fully supported in no time, stabilizing the tree and preventing any limbs from falling.
Bracing is quite similar to cabling but instead uses solid steel rods to connect the weak points to the stronger areas of the tree. The rods provide more structure and strength for the failing tree, as they are threaded through the timber and permanently secured to provide a huge amount of strength and stability to the tree. The hardware used for bracing a tree is often left there permanently to aid the tree in its growth, helping to guide it as it grows in the right direction, preventing the hanging limbs from getting any worse or less stable.
When a tree gets braced or cabled, a good tree technician will plan out the growth pattern and try to think ahead, making sure the placement of the cable and rods are going to help it as it continues to grow. As the tree grows it's advised that the cables and rods are inspected to check that they are helping to stabilize the tree and encourage growth in the right direction. As it grows, additional support may need to be added to ensure it remains safe and secure, but they generally need much additional support through the lifespan of the tree.