Cabling and Bracing
Cabling and bracing systems are installed into trees for increased safety and, ideally, prolonged
tree life. We install these systems into trees to prevent storm damage and secure weak or
stressed limbs.The hardware and the procedures involved in proper installation are usually
expensive and time consuming, so they are generally reserved for high-value trees only.
Cabling procedures permanently connect two or more high-level limbs with specialized
cable material. The cables provide support to weak or potentially dangerous limbs. Branches
subject to cabling are those that pose a threat to property or people, e.g. where wind stress or
accumulated snow loads may cause primary branches to break and fall to the ground.
Bracing procedures utilize steel rods to provide rigid support for a tree. The rods are typically
installed in the lower (larger) portions of the tree and reinforce weak or split crotches and
strengthen decayed areas.