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Tips for Tree Cabling and Bracing

Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 06:02 PM  posted by admin

February Tips for Tree Cabling and Bracing

It’s important to know when a tree needs cabling and bracing. However, not everyone is qualified to know how to properly spot problems and get the job done. Cabling and bracing both involve installing hardware, and anytime hardware is installed in or on a tree, there’s always a risk the tree can suffer damage and decay. When properly done, bracing or cabling can extend a tree’s life.

Decayed and split tree unions, embed bark in a tree’s crotch, and dominant stems are a short list of things can that can cause tree damage that results in a weak structure. It takes a tree expert to understand all the nuances. Trees that pose a threat to themselves and animal or human life can be made 100% safe when cables and bracing are used. However, before any tree receives cabling or bracing, it should be pruned properly. That may also require the expertise of an expert arborist. Arborists have met the standards and practices set forth by the ANSI A300. These professionals know trees inside and out, and they have the tools to get the job done regardless of how big or small the tree.

Signs Your Tree Is a Hazard

Trees are living entities and they need to be cared for like all other living things. Trees without proper care can be harmful to property, humans, and animals. They can also become susceptible to disease and pathogens. Ailing trees give off warning signs that can include one or more of the following.

  • 1. Ailing tress tend to lean. Not all tress that lean are an indication that something is wrong. Trees that are diseased or stressed, and leaning, do pose a threat. You can always check to make sure the lean is natural by checking soil around the tree for protruding roots. Cabling and bracing can help homeowners avoid potential hazards.
  • 2. Keep a close look out for deadwood. Deadwood will eventually come crashing down to the ground. If you see any, remove it immediately. Be careful when on ladders.
  • 3. Tree cracks of any kind represent some type of structural weakness. There are some cracks that can’t be sealed, and some that are beyond repair. Consult with a tree expert if you’re unsure how to proceed.
  • 4. Fungi that’s found between wood and bark can be a sign of cankers. Cankers have a tendency to cut off nutrient supplies to both bark and wood. Check for sunken areas in the tree’s anatomy. This can be a telltale sign of cankers.
  • 5. It there are trees in your yard with multiple trunks, it’s time for an inspection. Trunks, if multiple, should grow in proportion to each other. Otherwise, the heaviest trunk may break away from the lighter trunk. Remove the trunk that poses the greater hazard.
  • 6. Decay and wood rot aren’t that difficult to spot. You can spot decay in roots, branches, and stems. You can tackle the branches if you choose to, but a decaying trunk may need the attention of experts.

It’s always best to trust the professionals where structural damage is found or of concern. There could be a lot more damage than what appears to the visible eye, and these professionals know what to look for.

Cabling is the process of installing flexible strand cables and braces. They’ll protect against strong winds, the weight and damage of winter ice, and the stress of heavy foliage. When your trees need cabling and bracing attention, call the experts at Wauson Tree Service. We have over 50 years of experience, and we can get the job done at prices that you can afford. Give us a call today at 214.450.8720, or email us at walt@wausontreeservice.com.