Tree cabling and bracing is the installation of flexible steel strand cables and braces in trees to reduce stress damage from high winds, the weight of ice or snow and heavy foliage. As certified arborists, our goal is to help strengthen weak branches or limbs so that they are better able to withstand severe weather and to improve their longevity and reduce potential risk.
Weak limbs are not always obvious, so you should contact your local professional arborist to assess your trees. Your local tree doctor can help you identify particular weak points and examine bark or large codominant stems, which can be signals of tree weakness that need tree cabling and bracing.
Maintenance following tree cable and brace installation is minimal but also important, and the hardware should be inspected periodically by a professional arborist.
Types of Support Systems
Tree cabling is used to support a tree that has a structural defect, such as a codominant union, crack, cavity or other aggravating factor. When wind pushes against the upper portions of the canopy it significantly increases the amount of force and stress on the weak area, and could cause it to fail. Cabling prevents the increased force by securing the portions of the tree to others.