There will always be situations when bracing and cabling of trees become necessary for their health and their safety, as well as the safety of the people exposed to these trees. Putting braces and cables would be a better alternative than entirely removing the tree. We should remember that growing a tree is not easy and that it takes a tree so many years to grow. It is important for a tree owner therefore to be alert for situations wherein cabling and bracing may solve the problem before it becomes dangerous to the tree and the people. Cases where bracing and cabling may become necessary include the following:
The tree’s structure may not support its weight.
Especially for mature trees wherein limbs become extended and which may be damaged by winds, storm, or other factors, the weight may be too much for the tree that breaks or split may result. This is particularly true for trees where the attachments have formed a “V” shape instead of the “U” shape that is usually associated with younger trees. Neglecting those breaks or splits may attract pests and critically affect the tree’s health.
Situations like this would be satisfactorily addressed by putting cables or braces, depending on the situation. Ideally, the bracing and cabling should be done once it is observed that the tree may be in danger of breaking. Rectifying the situation earlier may save the tree and prevent it from deteriorating.
The tree may have multiple trunks.
Trees with multiple trunks will always be in danger of breaking because of its basic structure. This happens since the weight tends to concentrate on the sides of the trunks increasing the risk of splitting or breaking. Another factor that may increase the risk is the competition of root space. Wounds may appear that will attract insects and pest that may expose the tree to diseases. Cabling for this type of problem would largely depend on the type of damage and the specie of the tree.
Young trees may need support and protection.
Young trees which have not achieved maximum structural strength are always at the risk of suffering damages caused by storms, winds, and other factors. These elements may cause trees to have cracks, breaks, or even splits for certain types of trees. To ensure that they are not exposed to dangers, these young trees may be better off having braces or cables as the case may be.
Saving a tree will be worth it.
Thanks to cabling and bracing, a lot of trees have been saved and have served owners and helped the environment instead of causing hazards to the surroundings. But this type of task is not an easy one and may require skills and knowledge. To be assured of a proper work, it would be best if the experts are made to undertake the bracing and cabling of your trees.