Corrective Cable Bracing
Over time, trees – especially those that have not been properly pruned from a young age – develop structural weaknesses that need correcting and additional support. Cabling is a method of bolstering the structural integrity of trees with weak areas. This can help prevent trees from failing or splitting apart. Cabling also prevents branches from moving excessively causing further breakage, especially in the case of severe weather or storms.
There are several possible reasons that a tree would need corrective cable bracing. Some of these causes include codominant branches, overextended tree limbs, and weakly anchored trees. There are ways to prevent such problems, primarily through consistent and proper pruning of your trees from a young age. If this is not done proactively, though, corrective cable bracing may be your only option aside from removal. Cable bracing is a reliable way to protect your trees, property, and people from branch failure.
Cables are installed across weak crotches (where two codominant branches split) or along overextended branches to limit branch movement and provide additional support. Often, multiple cables are needed during installation in addition to bracing rods. Cable systems include cables, anchor systems, and the accompanying hardware to keep the materials fastened properly. There are several cable configuration patterns that can be used to support weak spots on trees. These configurations largely depend on the location, size, and severity of weak areas. It is also standard for an arborist (usually, the business that instals the corrective cable bracing system) to periodically inspect the bracing system to make sure that it is still doing its job and reducing risk of failure.
Arborists have the expertise and training to make decisions about when and how to install corrective cabling systems. If you are interested in installing any configuration of corrective cable bracing systems for your tree branches, give us a call over at Dynamic Arborist. Our team of professionals is incredibly talented and highly trained in services like installing proper cabling systems for trees. Give us a call or check out our website to learn more about our services and how we can serve you.