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What is tree Cabling?

Cabling a tree is a practice used to provide structural support to trees with weak or compromised branches, especially in cases where the tree's branches are at risk of breaking or causing damage. Cabling involves the installation of cables between branches or limbs to help distribute the weight of the branches and reduce the risk of failure.

It's important to note that cabling should be done by trained and experienced professionals. We will assess the tree's condition and determine whether cabling is necessary or appropriate. Cabling involves selecting appropriate cables, installing hardware, and adjusting tension correctly to provide effective support.

Through the Tree Branch
Tree Lined Path

When to cable a tree?

Here are some situations when cabling might be necessary or beneficial:

  • Weak or Splitting Branches: If a tree has branches that are splitting, cracking, or showing signs of weakness, cabling can help support these branches and prevent them from breaking off.

  • Co-Dominant Stems: Trees with co-dominant stems (two or more main stems that grow upward) are at risk of developing included bark, which can weaken the junction between the stems. Cabling can help reduce the strain on these junctions and prevent them from breaking.

  • Historical Significance: Older or historically significant trees that have developed weak branches can be cabled to preserve their aesthetic and cultural value.

  • Storm Damage: Trees that have sustained storm damage, such as broken branches, might require cabling to stabilize the remaining branches and prevent further damage.

  • Protection of Property: Trees growing near structures, pathways, roads, or other valuable assets might need cabling to reduce the risk of falling branches causing damage.

  • Preventative Measures: In some cases, trees might be cabled preventatively, especially if they have a history of branch failures or if their growth pattern suggests potential future issues.

tree cabling Maintenance

Regular inspections are also essential to ensure that the cables remain effective and that no new issues have developed. Keep in mind that cabling is not a guaranteed solution and might not be appropriate for every tree or situation. Sometimes, it's better to consider other options such as pruning or removal, depending on the severity of the tree's condition.

Give us a call at 603-832-4522 to see if cabling is an option for you!


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