Many urban trees suffer from structural problems, such as co-dominant stems, which can result in weak branch unions and limb failure.
Cabling and bracing techniques protect and improve the structural integrity of the tree, and can provide clearance of pathways, prevent safety issues and property damage, and prevent the loss of the tree. These systems also offer added support during extreme weather, such as strong winds, heavy snow and ice.
Bracing rods are mostly used to support a crotch or branch union that has split.
Cabling systems are flexible, and are used to provide supplemental support to tree parts in times of high load, such as storms. More than one cable is often needed to properly support the weight of the limbs. Our dynamic cabling systems allow stretch and movement of the supported limbs. For proper installation, cables should be place two-thirds the distance between the base of the crotch and the top of the tree.
As cabling and bracing is applied to growing trees and exposed to outside elements, the hardware can move positions and degrade over time, and requires regular inspection. We can set up a long-term management and inspection plan for your trees and their reinforcements.
Cable and brace supports are highly technical services that are best planned, installed and monitored by our certified arborists.