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What is Tree Cabling and Bracing?

Tree cabling and bracing is the installation of flexible steel strand cables and braces in trees to reduce stress damage from high winds, the weight of ice or snow and heavy foliage. As certified arborists, Quinlan Tree Service, goal is to help strengthen weak branches or limbs so that they are better able to withstand severe weather.  Also, to improve the trees life span and reduce potential risk.

Weak limbs are not always obvious, so contact us to assess your trees. We can help you identify particular weak points and examine bark or large codominant stems, which can be signals of tree weakness that need tree cabling and bracing.

Maintenance following tree cable and brace installation is minimal but also important, and the hardware should be inspected periodically.

Does cabling hurt a tree?

No, it does not.

Tree support systems are a tool used by qualified arborists reduce the risk of tree failures and aid in the successful establishment of new and old trees.

Yet, improperly installed systems can increase the risk of tree failure, in turn increasing the potential for personal injury and property damage. Working with a qualified professional will increase your satisfaction with the services performed and protect your trees and property.

Can a broken tree branch be repaired?

A storm can leave trees looking like there is no tomorrow. Major limbs may be broken or damaged, foliage can be shredded or stripped, or the bark may be torn or gouged. But what at first glance may look like mortal wounds are not necessarily fatal to a tree. Trees have an amazing ability to recover from storm damage, after have tree limb supports installed.

If damage is relatively slight, prune any broken branches, repair torn bark or rough edges around wounds, and let the tree begin the process of wound repair. If a valuable tree appears to be a borderline case, resist the temptation to simply cut the tree down and be done with it.

Cabling a large branch so that it can heal is sometimes the correct thing to do, but you should seek the advice of a professional tree care provider.

Tree supports, cabling a tree in Commerce, Michigan
Running cables to support a split trunk tree.

Three Financial Reasons to Have Your Trees Supported.

  • Reduces Property Damage and Personal Injury

Weakened or damaged trees without cabling and bracing support can easily cause expensive property damage to nearby structures such as businesses, homes, vehicles, equipment, fencing, and utility lines. The threat for damage and injury is even higher during storm season when strong winds and storms can further threaten tree stability. In addition, trunk or limb failures can also lead to major personal injuries or even death, exposing the property to major financial liability.

However, tree branch supports can significantly reduce the likelihood of a tree’s structural failure, and prevent devastating damages or injuries.

  • Promotes Long-Term Health of Trees

Trees are important assets to any residential or commercial property, and protecting mature shade trees with cabling and bracing services can prolong the health and lifespan of these valuable assets. Cabling and bracing protects tree stability and tree health, allowing the tree to thrive for many more years. Property owners are spared the expense of tree removal and tree replacement.

  • Lowers Future Energy Costs

Healthy and secure shade trees will grow to provide valuable shade for residential and commercial property owners. In Oakland County, Michigan, tree shade reduces cooling and energy costs for property owners, and can also increase the beauty and property value of the land for potential buyers. This is especially critical in Michigan’s competitive real estate market, where healthy and stable trees can make a huge impact in the value and sale of a commercial or residential lot.

If you have a tree or branches that you want to save, give Quinlan Tree Service a call and we can evaluate your tree.  Giving you the best options on what can be done.


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