Keeping Your Trees in Shape with Tree Cabling

Tree Cabling Support

Before the damage happens!

At some point during a tree's life, it may grow in a way where it can no longer support its own weight. Some trees may have multiple trunks and some may split after a while due to their size. If you don't do something about it, then the weight could be too much for the tree to handle. You could risk injury to yourself or someone else, property damage or an unhealthy tree as a result. Before it gets to that point, consider tree cabling as a method to keep your trees in shape before an incident occurs.

What is Tree Cabling?

Tree cabling is where you install cables in different parts of the tree to help redistribute the weight and stress of the limbs. When properly installed, a combination of tree cables and bracing rods can help tree branches and trunks recover from splitting and strengthen the tree's structure overall. Tree cabling can also improve your tree’s growth, allowing it to live longer, and generally help your yard to look much nicer.

When to Cable Trees

There are very few reasons to cable young trees, so the process is usually done when trees have a chance to mature. How your tree grows depends on a variety of factors, so it's hard to tell at an early stage whether tree cabling will be necessary. Generally, if your tree branches out in the shape of a "V" rather than a "U," then you'll need to monitor it as a potential candidate for tree cabling.

A v-shaped tree branch or trunk can be problematic when it matures because it's simply not strong enough to hold the canopy as it gets wider. As more branches grow, splitting could occur, so cabling them at the first sign of splitting is best for the health of the tree and your safety. Many trees never stop growing, and may need cabling to help them better support their weight as they continue to expand.

Types of Trees to Cable

Any type of tree can be cabled since it just depends on the growth and size of the tree. If you have a tree with multiple trunks, it's likely going to need cabling at some point. These trees have to compete with each other for canopy space, so they tend to grow wide instead of tall. This can force the majority of the weight to one side of the trunk, which can cause structural failures. 

Some trees will split for a variety of reasons. If this happens, you need to address the issue immediately. The tree could split completely at any time, but simply cabling it could allow it to live a long and healthy life. 

Tree cabling is something to take very seriously since the health of your trees and your safety depend on it. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, rather than waiting until the problem escalates beyond repair. If you aren't sure what action needs to be taken, a professional tree service in your area can help you determine whether tree cabling is the solution.

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