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A Beginner’s Guide to Tree Cabling – Understand The Basics

Learn everything there is to know about tree cabling

Most people know the importance of strategic pruning for their tree’s healthy growth. However, if your tree has weak branches, structural defects, and V-shaped stems then pruning might not be beneficial. You should consider getting your trees cabled. Tree cabling is a support system to help your trees stay healthy and prevent damage in the future. We have written a beginner’s guide to get you to know more about it. Read about it below: 

What Is Tree Cabling?

  • Using high-strength cables to support weak branches and promote their healthy growth is called Tree Cabling. Sometimes a tree is simply unable to support its own weight. At other times, the branches need correction so that they grow properly

Weak branches pose the risk of snapping especially during thunderstorms and thus damaging your property. Weak branches can also hinder your tree’s healthy growth. In all such situations, cabling the tree can effectively help your trees flourish better and keep everyone safe. 

Tree Cabling As A Support System

Tree cabling acts as a support system for your trees in a variety of scenarios. The three main reasons are: 

  • Preventing Structural Issues: A healthy growing tree might develop branches that can pose a problem in the future. Tree cabling can help fix these branches in time, while they are still growing.
  • Restoring A Damaged Tree: A tree may be damaged due to natural disasters or human intervention. In order to restore its health and promote healthy growth, tree cabling is used.
  • Minimizing Risks In Healthy Trees: A healthy tree is growing without any noticeable defects. To prevent it from developing weak branches or structural problems.

Visual Inspections For Warning Signs

  • It is very important to conduct visual inspections of your trees regularly. This helps you spot any warning signs that can prompt you to get it cabled. Most people cable their trees to make sure they are growing in the right direction. If you spot cracks in the bark of your tree stem or branches, it could point towards a structural weakening. If you notice two or more stems growing in a V-shape from a common point, this could indicate a potential weak spot. Similarly, branches that are growing upwards in a V-shape also require cabling. 

One of the most common warning signs is if you notice your tree leaning towards a certain side. If a thunderstorm or a severe windstorm occurs, your tree has the potential to be uprooted. Cabling will help prevent that from happening.  

Types of Tree Cabling Systems?

  • what is tree cablingGenerally, all tree cabling systems require bolts, cables, and brace wire stops. There are two main types of systems. The dynamic system allows the branches some freedom of movement while preventing them from splitting. These are also very discreet and often blend in with the branches. 

Steel and rod systems utilize extra high-strength cables that restrict flexibility. They offer a better support system for trees that have serious structural issues and are at greater risk of causing damage. 

Hire A Professional Service

  • Tree cabling is not as simple as it looks. It involves drilling holes in the tree bark and passing the cables at a calculated angle. This angle helps the cable exert useful pressure on the tree and thus increasing the overall positive effect. An improperly cabled tree is just as dangerous as a tree without any kind of support system. 

It is highly recommended to call tree maintenance professionals also known as arborists. American Tree Experts Inc. is a team of highly qualified and skilled arborists. We provide services to New Jersey. You can call us up to book your free tree assessment. Our experts will explain and suggest what tree cabling system is best suited for your trees. 

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