The snow storms that we experience here in Wisconsin are both beautiful and hazardous. In the same regard, snow building up on trees is something that can cause serious issues to their structure. In addition, structural failure of branches, trunks and roots can lead to bigger problems like property damage and injuries to people.
What causes a tree’s structure to become weak? There are a few cases in which this can happen:
- Limbs that are cracked or split
- Areas of decay
- Insufficient root system
- Branching inconsistencies
- Improper pruning
If a tree experiences one or several of these symptoms, there is always a risk of structural failure. Leaving these warning signs alone can result in large branches, trunks or entire trees plummeting to the ground. Anyone and anything in their paths can suffer significant damage. While you can determine some of these issues yourself, it’s best to call in an arborist to evaluate the extent of the issue. They can then determine what’s needed to restore their structural integrity.
Certified arborists use cables and bracing rods to provide additional support to a structure that’s weak. For example, cables that are strategically placed between limbs can assist in distributing the load of the weight more evenly. Bracing rods are used to bolt splitting limbs together. Though cables and rods provide additional support, this does not eliminate the possibility of a tree coming down due to a weak structure.
Bracing doesn’t only apply to adult trees that have become weak. New trees in which are naturally more vulnerable are protected during harsh weather conditions by cabling and bracing. Wachtel’s team of certified arborists will come and inspect your trees for the proper structural assisting. Once they’re in place, tree cabling and bracing hardware should be inspected every year to ensure your trees structure remains stable.