Tree Cabling & Bracing

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Our Tree Cabling & Bracing Process

Cabling and tree bracing are the two most common forms of structural support for large trees. It involves installing flexible cables or rigid rods to reduce the chances of failure of defective unions. Cables are installed high in the tree, at least 2/3 the distance from the defect to the crown. Rods are installed much lower, just above and/or below the defect. Cables are always stronger than rods because of their greater leverage. Cables can be used alone, but bracing is always supplemented with cables. Other, less common forms of structural support are guying and propping.

When would you use such a technique? There are three major uses of cabling and bracing:

  • Prevention -To reduce the chance of failure on a healthy tree with structural weakness. Example: a specimen bur oak in good condition but having large limbs with “V-crotches”
  • Restoration – To prolong the existence of a damaged tree. Example: a large sugar maple that lost one of its leaders in a storm, leaving the others suddenly exposed and vulnerable to further damage.
  • Mitigation – To reduce the hazard potential of a tree. Example: a picturesque multi-stemmed hickory that towers over a picnic shelter.

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