Tree Cabling and Bracing Hull

Are you worried about a tree which is about to fall, call Tree Service Hull for a solution

Securing a Tree Hull

Trees do fail, irrespective of whether we want them to or not. There are different reasons why trees fail. It could be as a result of a structural defect, decay, environmental factors, or even because of the tree’s inability to support its weight. In a bid to prevent this failure and prolong the lifespan of a tree, we employ tree cabling and bracing systems. These systems can also be applied to new planted trees to support them until they are strong enough to care for themselves.

These tree cabling and bracing systems can provide supplemental support to a tree that could potentially fall. Tree limb support is very important as it averts property damage, personal injury, or even the death of the tree. In most cases, tree cabling and bracing systems are used in conjunction with other pruning methods for maximum results.

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When does a Tree need Cabling or Bracing

In this section, we will talk about some of the signs to look out for to help you determine whether your tree needs cabling and bracing.

  • Weak Sections

You may notice that some parts of your tree may begin to show weakness or begin to split, especially in the tree crotch and trunk areas. Tree cabling and bracing can help to keep these weakened sections together.

  • Overextended Branches

Sometimes, tree branches grow and become so heavy that they can no longer support their weight and they begin to put stress on the trunk. Tree limb support becomes necessary in reducing the stress on the trunk and helping the branch support its weight.

  • V-Crotch Stems

V-crotches or co-dominant stems form when two stems grow from the same trunk section. This usually results in a V shape at the junction where the two stems meet. The V shape means that there is a competition between the two branches and that there is little to no adhesive wood at that junction. Tree cabling and bracing are great for helping these stems stay put, by providing the much-needed rigidity at the junction point.

Tree Cabling Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It prolongs the lifespan of a tree.
  • It reduces the risk of a tree’s branch falling.
  • It improves a tree’s structural rigidity.

Cons

  • The cables need to be inspected periodically.
  • Tree cabling can cause more harm than good if poorly done.

Types of Tree Support Systems

There are different types of tree limb support systems. They each excel at specific applications, but most times, they are all used in combination with one another.

Cabling
This basically involves the use of a steel cable to provide support to defective parts of a tree. There are two types of cabling; static and dynamic cabling.

Static Cabling
Static cabling is used to prevent any form of movement. Using this method, high strength steel cables with the help of an eye bolt or lag hook is used to hold the defective tree parts in place.

Dynamic Cabling
Dynamic cabling provides support by utilizing an elastic form of cable that allows the tree to move freely but not so much. This movement allows the tree to naturally build strength.

Bracing
Bracing is most times used in addition to static cabling. It is usually done by inserting steel rods through the junction where a branch comes in contact with the tree trunk or at a tree crotch.

A branch of a tree which is supported by steel poles
A tree trunk being supported by cables
A tree trunk which is supported by wooden planks
Tree bracing performed on a new planted tree

Contact Tree Service Hull

You can trust our expert tree surgeons to help you with your tree cabling and bracing needs. We will help you determine the best method of support to use for your tree or whether to completely remove the tree altogether. We are just a call away, do get in touch.