When taking care of a tree, there are different things to remember to make your tree healthy and keep yourself and others nearby safe. One thing you can do is have your tree cabled. Some basic reasons for cabling include:
1. Prevention – It is possible for limbs on an otherwise healthy tree to fall due to structural weakness. You can avoid damage by using cables to keep stress off the limbs. The weight of limbs can also place stress on a tree’s trunk, especially in the case of mature trees whose branches have grown. Cabling can help distribute the weight more evenly.
2. Conservation – Cabling can also help keep trees live longer. Keeping limbs whole and healthy can prevent the tree from infection. Cabling can also help if you want to maintain aesthetics, and keep a tree from becoming lopsided.
3. Injury Mitigation – A falling limb can cause damage to anything below, especially if a tree is located near a house or sidewalk. Cabling your tree’s limbs keeps them from weakening and falling on property or people.
4. Lightning protection – During storms, trees may attract lightning, which can damage the tree badly enough to kill it. A system of copper cables from the top of the tree beyond its drip line can redirect lightning away.
You may ask, “Why not prune the tree instead?” Cabling has additional benefits:
- Keeps the tree from being wounded – Large-scale pruning can involve the removal of entire branches from a tree. This may leave a wound that can be an entrance for germs and parasites.
- Lower chance of breakage – Falling branches can be catastrophic, causing serious injury to people or pets. You can avoid any negative consequences of failing by cabling your tree’s limbs instead.
Cabling is best done by a certified arborist who takes into account the tree’s age, species, and specific details. Contact Timberlane Tree Service at (905) 778-9438 in Newmarket, or (416) 878-2108 for Toronto properties. We can help preserve your trees.