When And Why You Should Cable Your Trees
We often imagine the trees on our property growing straight, secure, and healthy. However, sometimes, trees and large ornamental plantings grow erratically. Over time, their trunk and physical structure may fail to support the weight of its canopy and branches. If you notice that your tree is leaning excessively or showing signs of failure, take action! It’s essential to contact a certified arborist to discuss if tree cabling should be considered.
Tree Cabling: What You Need To Know
Cabling is a bracing method used by tree specialists and certified arborists to strengthen and preserve plantings with compromised growth patterns. Your chosen professional may recommend cabling your trees in several specific situations including:
Young trees are often at a high risk to suffer from irregular growth. Before planting your new tree, it’s important to consider the height of the tree itself compared to the circumference of its root ball. If the canopy of the planting is significantly larger than the root system, cabling may prove an ideal solution to prevent unhealthy leaning. Cabling can also help young saplings planted in areas with high winds and drier soil for tipping over as well.
When a tree is young, the burden of its branches on the area of attachment is generally insignificant. However, as the plant ages, its limbs may begin to droop under its own weight. Heavy snow, foliage, and fruit can also impact the tree’s inability to support its branch load. Strategic cabling can adequately redistribute the burden throughout the limbs to prevent a break as well as maintain a specific height or clearance if needed.
Restoring Vertical Splits
Sometimes structural stress or an unexpected storm can cause cracks or vertical splits throughout the tree. Splits can quickly destroy the health of even the sturdiest of trees, making it crucial to immediately contact a professional arborist at the first sign of damage. Cabling can be used to arrest further deterioration of damaged trees and extend their overall life expectancy. When successful, restorative cabling can eliminate the need for removing entire limbs or the tree itself.
Minimize Property Damage
Damaged or leaning trees can eventually break, damaging nearby structures such as sheds, fences, and even parts of a home or office building. Your chosen arborist will be able to determine if a tree’s trajectory may impact your property or assets and create a cabling strategy to reduce your risk.
Reduce Threat Of Personal Harm
Beyond property damage, a compromised tree that breaks or falls over may cause physical harm as well. The threat of injury is exceptionally high if the planting is in a populated space or an area that receives a lot of passing traffic. Cabling can support the impaired tree to help preserve the safety of anyone in the plant’s trajectory.
Contact PPM Tree Service Today
Are you concerned by leaning or drooping trees on your home or business property?
Contact us today for a no-risk consultation with one of our onsite ISA certified arborists to discuss if your plantings could benefit from cabling or bracing.