Lean on Our Bracing & Cabling Experience

At Image Tree Service, Inc., most people cannot identify a potentially hazardous tree until it’s too late. Our trained professionals however, our experienced staff is adept at identifying and providing the necessary preventive maintenance needed to secure trees and limbs that run the risk of being potentially harmful. After identifying the potentially hazardous species, we will recommend either installing one or more tree cables, braces and/or tree supports.

Bracing and cabling helps to minimize the risk caused by the most common structural issues with trees:

  • Structural weaknesses
  • Storm damage
  • Mechanical injury
  • Rubbing limbs
  • Long, heavy limbs

Cabling involves installing steel cables between major limbs to reduce the strain and help support the tree. Cabling also helps to reduce stress damage from high winds, so that when a limb or section of your tree fails, cables help to prevent them from falling into, on or around your structures and property, thereby reducing the risk of further damage.

Through-bolting is typically the remedy for trees with large, weak, or split crotches. Through-bolting is used to give direct support and alleviate the strain caused by twisting.  A metal rod is inserted through the crotch and two more cables are placed above it, to create stability and integrity to the tree.

Properly installed cabling systems are unobtrusive and are largely non-visible to the untrained eye. However, “out of sight” can never mean “out of mind,” and that’s why cabling systems should be professionally examined once a year and again after each major storm. An experienced climber should inspect the system every five years while visual ground inspections will suffice in the years between.

Tree supports are installed most commonly to add support for low-hanging limbs or for parts of the tree where there is excessive weight and/or trees with a heavy lean. Our techniques prevent you from needing to remove the tree.