The Varying Types of Tree Cable Techniques & Bracing Techniques
In order to understand the varying types of tree cable techniques and tree bracing techniques, we need to understand the purpose of cable and bracing. At Wachtel Tree Science, our Certified Arborists know that reinforcing tree structure to extend life and increase safety can be a solution for maintaining a tree in the landscape. Tree cabling and bracing is an effective solution for a variety of structural concerns. Tree cabling helps support weak branch unions, improving the safety on your property. Tree bracing also improves safety by providing rigid support for weaker, unstable branches to reduce risk for homeowners.
Tree Cable Management Techniques
Tree cabling is often used to support a structural defect between two codominant branches. Most cabling occurs within the upper canopy of the tree. Cabling uses the counterbalance effect of the branches being cabled and limits the ability of the stems to move apart from each other. By limiting the movement of the stems, it limits the chance for the cabled limb or limbs to separate away from the tree.
Static cabling typically uses extra high strength steel cable to support the branches. The static cable is fastened to the tree with bolts and steel eye nuts or lag bolts. A tree static system is a reliable method to help reduce risk of co-dominant stem failure.
Dynamic tree cabling is another type of a support system using specialty elastic components to allow some tree branch movement. Dynamic cables are systems that can prevent failure, but will not help a tree that has already begun failing and need close monitoring and maintenance to remain effective.
Tree Bracing Management Techniques
Bracing is a technique using metal rods to limit the movement of tree parts to help avoid failure of trunks, limbs, or branches. Most often, bracing is installed where two codominant branches meet in order to reduce the risk of a branch breaking away from a tree. Bracing is typically combined with pruning and cabling to provide the proper protection for a tree. Determining the right size and location for support systems like bracing in your tree is a something that your ISA Certified Arborist will determine for your tree.
Preventative services such as tree cabling and tree bracing can help provide you, your house and your tree a reduced risk from the hazards of damaging winds and heavy rain or snowfall. Our experienced Certified Arborists will provide expert advice on how you can keep your trees in their best condition.