Cabling & Bracing

Trees can grow in strange ways and odd shapes. As trees mature, increasing the amount of wood and the weight that needs to be supported, they can develop structural weaknesses. This is particularly common in multi-trunked trees and weak-wooded species. Failure of a large branch or main trunk can result in property damage, personal injury or the deterioration of a tree’s health. Cables and bracing rods are devices arborists use to improve the structural integrity of trees.

Installing cables and bracing rods, along with pruning to reduce weight, can reduce the probability of structural failure. Properly installed cables help transfer disproportionate weight and bracing rods can provide support to failing branch attachments considered weak. A combination of cabling and bracing can help secure existing defects and weaknesses in the trunk and branches. With Shreiner Tree Care, an ISA Certified Arborist will inspect and determine whether your trees would benefit from cabling and bracing.

Cabling and Bracing Multi-trunked Trees

tree-cabling-bracing-splitsAs a result of how they grow, multi-trunked trees are susceptible to failure. Each trunk competes for growing space, the limbs and leaves grow away from the center of the trunks placing the weight load farther away from each trunk. This results in the frequent failure of multi-trunked trees. Failure of any singular trunk can create a crack at the base that heals slowly. This wound is now a haven for disease and insects to take control. Cabling can substantially reduce the probability of failure. Every cable installation is different and specific to that tree. A Shreiner Tree Care ISA Certified Arborist will determine the best cabling arrangement for multi-trunked trees.

tree-cabling-bracing-exampleTrees with trunks and branches that have narrow or V-shaped attachments may develop vertical cracks which result from physical stress and storm damage. When these types of splits are noticed, immediate attention is required to prevent complete failure of the tree. Your Shreiner Tree Care ISA Certified Arborist will advise you whether the tree is beyond help and should be removed or if cabling and bracing is an option. Selective pruning, the installation of cables, and the proper placement of bracing rods can years of life to a damaged tree without affecting its aesthetic appeal.