Tree Cabling For Sturdier, Healthier Trees
One of the best things about trees is their unique growth patterns. But as trees get bigger and age, large limbs or leaning trees become more vulnerable to high winds, heavy snows, and just plain old gravity. Tree trimming and pruning can help alleviate some weight on trees but it can only do so much.
Trees can grow in some pretty strange ways and sometimes lean too far in one direction which could be catastrophic to the tree during the right thunderstorm and even worse for the house underneath it. What’s more, you’re left with a dead tree and a stump to remove.
Cabling is the use of steel cables prevent damage from high winds, ice or snow, and help stabilize the tree by transferring weight to other parts of the tree. Cabling can also be used for tree limb support for oversized or weak branches that could cause considerable damage to the tree and property if it breaks. Tree cabling is extremely dangerous work and should only be performed by a certified arborist or tree removal company.
Cabling Vs. Staking
Don’t confuse tree staking with tree cabling. They are two very different methods of correcting a tree’s growth.
Tree Staking – provides temporary support to young trees to ensure they are anchored well and grow straight. After the tree is established the stakes are removed.
Tree Cabling – is to provide permanent stability for the rest of the tree’s life.
Benefits Of Cabling Trees
If you are considering having your trees cabled take a look at the reasons why you should:
- To prevent damage to healthy trees from natural forces.
- Preserve the aesthetic appearance of a damaged tree
- To protect people and property from falling trees or limbs.
How Cabling Is Performed
First, a certified arborist will assess the tree and determine which method is best for the situation.
The first step is for a professional arborist to assess the tree and determine the most appropriate hardware.
Then the arborist will drill a hole into the tree trunk or limb and insert a cable to help support it. Usually, the weak limb will be anchored to another limb to help relieve the weight.
The Cable is then tightened by a come along which is pulled tight it to bring the two limbs closer together.
The cable should not be too tight or too slack. If it’s too tight it will put too much stress on the tree. If the cable is not tight enough then it will not be doing its job.
Cables should be checked by a qualified arborist at least once a year. Adjustments to the tension will be made if needed and they’ll check for damage.
Hire A Professional Arborist
If you have leaning trees or afraid that a large branch might break, ruining the appearance of your tree, then call the professionals at PPM Tree Service. We provide tree cabling, trimming, and removal.