Cabling and Bracing Can Preserve Tree Health and Prevent Potential Damage
The oak tree is commonly used as a symbol or emblem of strength/endurance and it has even been selected as the national tree of several countries including England, Germany, Poland, and the United States. In fact, references to an oak tree are often preceded by the word ‘mighty’.
Of course, the ‘mighty oak’ symbolizes that something is solid, unfailing, or invulnerable. Unfortunately, this perception or imagery is not reality for all species of trees or for trees of all ages. Sometimes, trees need some type of man-made support to help preserve their health and/or protect them from potential damage or injury.
There are a number of internal and external factors that can compromise the health or structural integrity of any tree. These factors will include the following:
- Type of wood
- Poor structure
- Weight of branches
- Lack of care
- Improper pruning
- Wind or storm damage
- Disease/insect infestation
Based on one or more of the above circumstances, trees can demonstrate the following signs that their health or strength is at risk:
- Broken or sagging branches/boughs
- Cracks in the trunk/at branch junctions
- Partially uplifted roots near ground level
- Listing to one side (uneven weight distribution)
- Swaying during high winds (top-heavy crowns)
- Creaking/cracking sounds under weighty snow/ice
When such situations exist or become evident, a professional tree services provider like DreamWorks Tree Services can apply cabling and bracing techniques for purposes of tree health preservation and/or damage prevention. The utilization of one method versus the other can be delineated as follows:
- Commonly used in the canopy of tree
- Steel cables are installed between major branches
- Structural stress is redistributed among these branches
- Helps reduce potential damage from severe weather conditions
- Most often applied in the lower portions of a tree
- Solid steel rods are inserted above/below damaged areas
- Helps fasten/secure cracks in the trunk or at branch junctions
- This method is customarily accompanied by the use of cabling
It is important to keep in mind that cabling and bracing should only be applied when it is determined that the tree is healthy and can indeed benefit from such structural reinforcement moving forward.
A Certified Arborist Can Assess Whether Cabling and Bracing are Viable Options
There are ultimately three prime reasons for the use of cabling and bracing techniques to reinforce or fortify a tree:
- Damage Mitigation
- Damage Prevention
- Restoring Structural Integrity
The decision on the potential effectiveness of either or both of these methods is best left to the discretion of a certified arborist, a trained professional who can determine if these are viable options or whether the health/integrity of the tree has been compromised to the point where that tree should/must be removed. If their decision favours cabling or bracing, the arborist can also provide the required services in a most capable manner.
If you suspect that the health or structural integrity of trees on your property have been compromised, call the tree care professionals from DreamWorks Tree Services today at 647-261-2627 to arrange for a free consultation with a certified arborist.