Most trees are strong enough to carry their own weight, but when this is not the case, sometimes tree cabling is the best option. Tree cabling can help distribute the weight of falling branches, or redirect branches that are growing in undesirable directions, and save your trees from massive breakage, or help to repair a split trunk. Cabling is especially useful in the fall months when excessive pruning can expose your trees to harmful spores which can have negative effects on the trees overall health.
There are some telltale signs that cabling may be the best option for your tree:
If there is visible breakage, or weakness in large branches, especially when they are extended over your home, or frequently used walkways pose safety hazards for your family, and guests.
If you see two large branches that protrude from the same part of the trunk, bracing may be the best option, especially in older, more developed trees. These sections, also know as "V-crotch" sections, form without the necessary tissue to maintain their weight. In younger trees, these can often be taken care of by pruning one of the two branches that form the "V."
Overextended limbs also pose a risk, especially during Montana winters, when snowfall can add to the weight your tree must carry.
Tree cabling can also be used to correct the general direction a tree is growing, especially in instances where future growth may start to pose a threat to your home.
There is a lot of technical knowledge necessary to properly cable a tree, and therefore it is highly recommended that a professional arborist is hired to handle the task.
The process starts by drilling holes, and attaching anchors to the main trunk of the tree, as well as the branch(es) in question. A flexible cable is then affixed to the sections, and secured. Proper cabling can not only save your tree, but also any structures that are in the immediate vicinity. Unlike tree staking, tree cabling is all carried out above ground, and usually on older, more mature trees, who already have established root systems. While staking is used to provide temporary support, and redirection, cabling is a more permanent solution.
Don't wait for an emergency to call our tree doctors, pick up the phone and get one of our arborists out to assess the need (or not) for cabling today.