Tree Cabling and Bracing

Trees can often be compromised by poor structure or damage. In these cases, cabling and bracing strategies are the only alternatives to removal. Many factors are involved in the decision to add hardware to a tree or to remove it completely. The process is like a crutch, it will extend the life of the tree but should not be relied upon to solve any major problems such as decay or old age.

Cabling is used in the upper canopy to provide support for limbs that would
otherwise break off or split the leader to which they are attached.

Bracing is a more invasive procedure that is commonly used to
fasten together splits in the trunk and larger wood.

Tree Cabling and Bracing does not guarantee to eliminate any
serious structural problems, only to improve the structure of a
tree. A professional Certified Arborist should be able to confirm
if your tree requires the process from examining it from the
ground; however, climbing it may be necessary to make a close
up inspection.

Tree Cabling and Bracing is recommended for heritage or rare
species trees, but can be done on any tree.

At TreeTech Canada, we prefer to extend the service life of the tree
as an alternative to removal, but only if it can be done safely.