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Unfortunately trees often grow with structural defects that may result in splitting or trunk failure. When a trunk splits or branch breaks, it could cause property damage or injury (maybe even death) to a person. The good news is that these high-risk defects can be mitigated by tree cabling, tree bracing, or both. These cable and brace support structures are used to strengthen individual branches or entire trees.
At Golden Leaf Tree Experts we are trained at identifying structural defects with a high risk of failure, such as a weak junction between codominant stems or overextended branches. More importantly, we know the cabling and bracing solutions necessary to fix these defects.
Moreover, we are also comfortable recommending less invasive procedures when appropriate. For example, selective pruning can sometimes lessen the chance of structural failure by reducing the weight on a tree’s limbs or trunk. This is particularly true for young trees, which often do not need extensive cables and braces and should be pruned to remove codominant stems and structurally weak branches.
The materials and techniques we use are compliant with ANSI A300 Standards, which are recognized and accepted by arborists across the country. Cabling, which is marginally invasive, is used to stabilize a branch or branches by running a cable from a stable limb to a less stable limb. There are a number of acceptable cabling structures such as a triangle, box, and hub & spoke. Bracing, on the other hand, uses heavy-duty rods to mitigate the risk of two or more leaders (the main trunks of the tree) from spreading further apart from one another or from moving sideways relative to one another (twisting). Without proper bracing, these leaders can split at the junction, causing a high risk of failure. Bracing can also be used to repair a branch or crotch that has already split. Braces are typically accompanied by one or more cables for added support.
As with any cabling or bracing solution, support systems have a limited service life. Traditional steel cables can last up to 40 years with regular maintenance from a qualified arborist. Without regular maintenance, cabling and bracing systems will not last as long. As such, we encourage periodic inspection of the tree support systems. Contact us today and we will send one of our educated arborists to meet with you!
Tree Cabling & Tree Bracing