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Cabling & Bracing

Cabling and bracing refer to utilizing cables to strengthen weak branches.  Just like the old saying about a chain only being as strong as its weakest link, the same can be said about a tree and its branches.  Most of the time, trunk branch breaks happen when stormy and windy conditions put too much stress on a weakened area of the tree.  An overgrown canopy can add to the load that the branch is supporting and just the right conditions will cause a failure.  In addition to keeping your trees trimmed so the branches aren’t under such heavy loads, you can also use cabling and bracing techniques to reinforce branches and trunks.  This helps to buttress the branches and add stability to the tree.  Bracing new saplings is also a common practice that keeps them growing properly until they can withstand nature’s elements on their own.  Call Garden Grove Tree Service for questions about cabling and bracing, tree trimming, or stump removal.

Cabling and bracing done to weakened and cracked branches on a tree in Garden Grove, California.

Tree cabling and supporting is a creative technique for securing weakened branches (and appendages) from harm. This works as a supplemental structure to help resilience to winds and storms and lessens the chances of branch failure.

Cabling and supporting might be required by:

    1. Especially old or significant trees
    2. Trees with co-prevailing stems (two fundamental trunks)
    3. Trees that have been damaged before

How does cabling and supporting work?

Appropriately placed woven cables help bolster your trees during wind events in any season. They limit the movement of the upheld branches so they are less inclined to break when the strength of the winds exceed the branch's normal resistance.

Only a specialist should install cabling and a support framework, so if you think you have some weakened branches in your tree, it's smart to have a certified arborist evaluate it. They will quickly recognize problems and offer options to help.