There are instances when trees grow in a way that they can no longer hold their own weight. This is generally the case for most matured multi-trunked trees, as well as trees having large canopies. The weight of these trees can eventually result in damages. It can injure people nearby or damage properties surrounding it. Bracing and cabling can help a lot when it comes to strengthening the tree's capacity to carry its own weight.
What is Cabling and Bracing
Proper pruning and trimming can help a lot in preventing any structural failure in any tree. If these are not enough, using of cables and bracing rods can typically do the trick. The weight of the branches should be spread equally throughout the tree. This can be achieved with the use of bracing rods and cables. Through this technique, the issue of weight can be resolved. It is best to call the professionals to handle bracing and cabling on your tree to ensure that it is done properly and with caution.
Bracing and Cabling a Tree
The angle of the limbs and branches in regard to the main trunk determines the strength of its structure. You will be able to determine this as the tree matures. In most cases, the "U" shaped branch is more durable than the "L" and "V" shaped growth. Unlike matured trees, younger trees are not yet bound to any of this branch growth because of the minimal weight of their limbs. As the tree matures, the limbs begin to grow heavier, and the angles become important for the strength of the overall structure. In addition, a mature tree naturally has larger and open canopies that will add to the heavy weight of the branches. Trees with large canopies are vulnerable to the additional weight brought by snow and wet leaves. Placing the cables in the right spot will allow the weight to be distributed evenly so that the limbs can handle its own weight.
Bracing and Cabling Trees with Multi-Trunks
Trees that have multiple trunks are the most susceptible to structural failure. These trunks compete for space for a canopy that in turn will cause the branches to develop away from the middle of the axis of the tree. In addition, even the root structure struggle for space that can cause them to grow wider than needed. This will cause the tree to have a shallow root base. With this situation at hand, great damage can be brought by one simple failure in any of the trunks of the tree. Cabling and bracing with rods can help prevent this from happening. If you see that your tree is under this condition, the best way to handle it is to call a professional arborist to address the problem. Don't try to DIY bracing and cabling because there are risks involved in the process. Each tree is different from another that is why a skilled professional tree service will help you set up the appropriate brace or cable for your tree.