Cabling and Bracing
Belleville Tree Service – professional arborists serving the Bay of Quinte region
Cabling and Bracing
Cable and bracing techniques are used by Belleville Tree Service to give supplemental support to trees that have partially failed or show characteristics prone to failure.
Static systems hold trees rigid and restrict movement to lessen the possibility of failure, while dynamic systems encourage tree movement and allow for the tree to compensate for its structural weakness. An invasive system refers to the hardware being implanted within the tree’s wood while a non-invasive system uses a secure attachment method.
In general, cable and bracing systems are used when the tree is not stable enough to support its own weight, and it is at risk of failing. These systems can be used to increase the stability of a single branch, multiple branches, or the entire tree. Depending on the size and age of the tree, each system will have different strengths and weaknesses. If the tree is very large, it may not be practical to use cable and bracing systems.
Static Tree Bracing Systems
A static system is one in which a cable or bracing is permanently installed into the tree’s wood. These systems are commonly used on younger trees that show characteristics that are prone to failure. Examples of these characteristics include weak wood, poor soil conditions, or improper root development. Static systems are typically installed by a certified arborist.
Tree Cable and Bracing
This system is installed through the trunk or larger branches using steel cables or a combination of steel cable and wood brace. This system will restrict movement of the tree and limit the amount of bending and twisting it is allowed to perform. The cables and/or braces are secured to the tree with bolts or other fasteners.
Tree Brace Only
This system uses a combination of a wood brace and cables that are installed through the trunk or larger branches. The cables and brace are bolted together and are used to increase stability by holding the tree rigid.
Dynamic tree bracing systems
Dynamic systems are designed to allow the tree to move and bend in response to stresses and environmental changes. These systems are installed by an arborist using a combination of cable and wood. These systems can be used to provide support to a tree that is not strong enough to support its own weight. The strength of a tree depends on the amount of wood it has, its density, the amount of cross-sectional area, and the strength of the branches. These systems are designed to provide additional support to the weakest parts of the tree.
These systems work well together or separately depending on the needs of the situation. Knowledge about trees and their defence, stress levels, and physics is necessary to install these systems properly. After any significant weather event, all support systems should be inspected by a professional to ensure that everything is working properly. At Belleville Tree Service we provide both the installation and ongoing maintenance to ensure that cabling and bracing systems remain effective.