Is Bracing Or Cabling A Good Solution For A Structurally Insecure Tree?

Brace rods and cables are supports used for trees that have weak branches, compromised structure, or multiple trunks in order to reduce the risk of failure. When a tree is leaning, it can pose potential risk, especially in stormy weather. In other cases, a tree can grow in a way that its structure can no longer support its own weight. This is the case, many times, when tree have multiple trunks and large canopies. Risk can mean several things. Are structures, utility lines, or people in danger if the tree falls? If the tree poses potential harm, you may want to get an evaluation from an arborist or tree service in Dublin to see if cabling or bracing is a viable option for that tree. Cables will help to redistribute the weight and stress while bracing rods will help provide necessary support. A professional can determine whether installation of cables and braces will benefit an at-risk tree.

There are several reasons a Dublin tree service will suggest bracing or cabling a tree:

● Risk prevention from a leaning or damaged tree
● In the case where the tree is a valued asset on your property and has suffered structural damage, the cabling and bracing of a tree can extend its life.
● A tree with long or heavy limbs can be braced and pruned to alleviate stress
● Young trees where the root ball is not large enough to sustain the height

Systems used to cable and brace trees are often complex and dependent on the size and structure of the tree. A brace rod will be threaded onto a tree’s structure depending on where it needs the most support. Rods can become a permanent part of the tree and it will grow around the hardware. Cabling apparatuses restrict the movement of a branch with dynamic or static cables that are anchored in place. Dynamic cables, typically made of synthetic fibers, allow the tree to move in a more natural way. Static cables, traditionally made from steel, will restrict movement where needed.

Since cables and braces are out in the elements, it’s important that they be inspected annually. A visual inspection should be made by a Dublin arborist or tree service professional each year in order to make sure the hardware is still secure and properly maintaining the integrity of the tree. Not all structural defects can be corrected using these support systems so a professional’s advice is important.

If you have a tree that may pose a risk of failure, call the Dublin tree service experts at ArborWorks, Inc. Our team of professionals have over 40 years of experience with tree health and corrective measures.

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