Cabling and Bracing for Stabilization

Age or poor health can cause branches and limbs to become weak. If the tree is not safe, it may need to be taken down. However, our first choice is always to to protect and save the tree. Cabling and Bracing are two options we may use to achieve this.

As certified arborists, we want to stabilize the tree, improve the its longevity and reduce any potential risk. Cabling and Bracing can help extend a tree’s life and can help the tree withstand strong winds and severe weather.

The Difference Between Cabling and Bracing

CABLING: To help redistribute the load of weight, cables ares placed between limbs, allowing them to support each other.

BRACING RODS: In the case of splitting limbs, we support the tree by bolting the limbs together.

How We Achieve Tree Stability

The first step to applying cabling or bracing is to stabilize the tree as much as possible. We begin by pruning it to reduce its overall structure.

After properly pruning the tree, we will assess the need for additional support. Steel support cables and/or steel rods may be the right approach. This procedure can change the dynamics of the tree’s structure. It needs to be applied carefully and as a last resort.

Do you have tree branches or limbs that need additional support?

If you think there is a tree on your property that may be unsafe or need additional stabilization, give us a call at (518) 799-5091 or email [email protected]. We follow the ANSI industry standards. (These systems require annual inspections following installation.) We will assess the situation and offer our advice.

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