Mar 23

Cabling and Bracing Trees

Cabling and Bracing Trees

Have you ever wondered why trees fall apart? Over grown trees are especially prone to the development of structural weaknesses. Although not always initially obvious, weaknesses can progress as the tree grows over time. Such trees are commonly damaged during storms.

Weak crotches can break sending entire limbs to the ground. This can result in the harm of a person or pet, and can also result in expensive property damage if the limb lands on your house or car. Therefore, it is very important to have your trees inspected annually to ensure their health and structural integrity.

Finding damage does not necessarily mean that the tree or limb must be removed. Properly installed cables can stabilize tree limbs and prevent them from splitting away. This is especially important for large trees around houses, outbuildings, and other high-value “targets.”


Cables and brace rods are supplemental structural supports intended to reduce the risk of failure of weak branches and multiple stems. Cables generally consist of extra high strength steel and are attached to bolts installed in the upper crown of a tree. They are intended to limit the movement of the supported branches so they are less likely to fail during storms. Braces are thread rod that are installed through unions of weak branches and multiple stems to provide more rigid support from torsional (twisting) forces that can occur in violent weather

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