There are times when a structural defect in a mature tree cannot be resolved by pruning alone. If this should occur to one of your trees, the installation of a cable or brace may be warranted to reduce the probability of the limp breaking and causing damage or injury.
Cabling and bracing are the two most common forms of structural support for trees. The process involves installing a “soft” cabling system, which allows the tree to move and flex in the wind, which is an important motion to build strength in the tree over time. All cabling or bracing will comply with industry standards (ANSI A300 Part 3)
How do I know if my tree needs cabling or bracing?
It is important to have a properly trained and Certified Arborist assess the tree to determine the best solution.
The three major uses of cabling and bracing:
– Prevention: This is done to reduce the chance of a limp or large portion of a healthy tree with some structural issues from causing damage to people or property.
– Restoration: If you have a tree that has been damaged or is ailing, bracing and cabling can help maintain the healthy structures of the tree and protect it from further damage.
– Mitigation: This is done when you have healthy trees that are in areas where considerable damage to people or property could occur.