Tree Bracing and Cabling

Tree Bracing and Cabling

When a tree becomes old, weak, infected with diseases, or plagued by pests, it tends to lose its structural integrity. Storm damage, unprofessional trimming or pruning may also damage a tree’s limbs, causing them to fall off at intervals. Now, this can endanger properties and lives in their surroundings.

When a tree loses its structural integrity, arborists may need to examine it critically to be sure what the problem is. In a few cases, they may be left with no choice but to remove the tree. However, in most cases, bracing and cabling would suffice to keep the tree solid enough to withstand turbulences. Bracing and cabling entails the use of rigid rods, flexible steel cables and/or braces, to keep a tree solid and to improve its structural integrity.

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Generally, cabling and bracing is used to address any form of structural failure of a tree’s system. Hence, it is a safety measure meant to keep a tree in place and to prevent any serious injury, property damage and to keep lives safe. However, arborists recognize that it is not a guarantee that a tree would not fall. This is why it is safer to remove any tree if, irrespective of any measure taken to keep it in place, it poses any serious threat to its surroundings.

Besides being used to keep a tree in place, and to protect an environment, bracing and cabling is also a necessary means of prolonging the solidity of a damaged tree. Arborists understand that any completely damaged tree would eventually fall or fail. Hence, they make use of bracing and cabling to keep or hold it together for much longer than it is naturally expected to last. This can be just effective for a couple of months or even over a year, depending on the extent of the damage done to the tree.

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When is Bracing and Cabling Needed:

When limbs and branches begin to fall off too often: It is quite normal for some light pieces of branches to fall off a healthy tree once in a while. However, when this becomes too rampant, or if it involves huge chunks of tree branches or limbs, then the attention of an arborist or a tree doctor may be required. The tree would have to be examined by professionals, who would determine how best to treat it. Cabling and bracing is just the commonly-used approach.

When a crack is noticed on any part of the tree: Cracks on tree stems or branches may be just enough symptom of a tree’s faulty structural integrity. Cracks should be watched out for, especially when they are found anywhere in the tree’s branches. Serious cracks in tree stems may be even more dangerous. However, they may be difficult to spot on tree by non-professionals. This is why it is advised that a tree should be subjected to periodic examination by professionals. Constant tree examination and diagnostic exercises do not only help to keep trees healthy, they also help to keep their immediate environments safer.

Would Bracing and Cabling Harm a Tree:

One of the key reasons why tree bracing and cabling should be handled by professionals is to ensure that the exercise doesn’t further hurt the tree. When a tree is too tightly braced or cabled, it may actually result in the opposite of what it was supposed to accomplish – harm the tree’s structural integrity even further. Similarly, without bracing and cabling a tree firm enough,, it may not accomplish what it was intended to.

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