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JULY 15, 2016 - Bracing and Cabling

Written By: Twelve Oaks Tree Service Inc.

The best way to strengthen a weaker tree is called bracing and cabling. Bracing and cabling is an alternative to tree removal.

Using the Cabling and bracing methods will help you keep your tree structurally sound for a longer period of time and reduces the risk of accidents. Cabling helps to support the weak limbs and bracing provides fixed structural support with the use of steel rods.

After you have had a cable or bracing procedure done on your tree it is highly recommended to have it inspected yearly ensuring everything is still in a safe condition. Bracing a tree is the process of attaching fasteners to a tree and then using heavy duty ropes and chains to apply tension to the weakened limbs. Cables are attached to the trunk of the tree and then connected to the fasteners. The bracing and cabling process provides support to a tree and eliminates possible danger an unstable tree can cause.

The relatively simple process of bracing and cabling should be left to the professional arborists as it requires technical skills, and knowledge. Do not try to brace and cable a tree yourself, as this could be very dangerous. When the process is completed by a trained professional arborist the braced tree will be able to better withstand poor weather and other environmental uncertainties.


Why should I choose bracing and cabling?

  • Cabling and bracing is a more cost effective option when there is potential hazard. This procedure allows a diseased or weakened tree to remain in your yard, and not pose a threat of collapse or danger from falling limbs.

Does it hurt the tree?

  • No, bracing and cabling will not hurt it. Each anchor must be drilled in place, but this does not hurt it at all.

How long does it last?

  • The answer to this question will vary. The longevity of this method is dependent on the overall condition of the existing tree and the effect of the disease it has as well as the splitting overall stability of the tree.


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