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Bracing and Cabling Your Denver Trees

Did you know trees can grow to be so big that they can no longer support their own weight? This happens most commonly with trees that are multi-trunked with open canopies. Failure of a trunk or branch can result in personal injury, tree injury, or property damage. Luckily, you can add cable, bracing rods, or both to a tree to make sure this doesn’t happen. 

Cables and bracing rods can be installed to redistribute structural stress and can provide support to weak branches. Your Denver arborist will be able to determine if your tree will benefit from installing cables and bracing rods. They can help your tree in a number of ways:

•    Save trees with weak branches
•    Stabilizes trees that have abnormal curves
•    Protects and adds strength during sever weather
•    Prolongs life of the tree
•    Reduces chances for branch failure
•    Less chance for property damage or personal injury

When a tree requires cabling, the cable is attached to the upper crown of the tree between the branches and held with bolts. This makes it so the branches have limited mobility and helps in severe weather conditions. The branches remain stable and will not fall or break. 

While the cabling method uses steel cable, bracing uses steels rods. The rods are used to support two or more co-dominant trunks where there is risk of splitting. When a crack appears, a brace may be needed along with cables to prevent further splitting. 

Denver tree cabling and bracing should be inspected annually since they are exposed to the elements. When the branches of a tree move, they can actually cause the cables to wear which reduces the load carrying abilities. Annual inspections are especially important when cable failure could lead to property damage or injury. As the tree continues to grow, additional cables may need to be added. 

Although your tree may be damaged, removal may not be the answer. Finding damage doesn’t necessarily mean that the tree or limb must be removed. When cables are installed properly, they can help stabilize tree limbs and stop them from splitting away. 

As supplemental structural support systems should only be installed after a thorough inspection of the tree structure by your Denver certified arborist. American Arbore Care will make sure to identify weak points and examine bark or large dominant stems which can be signals of a tree’s weakness. Making sure your tree is properly supported will prolong its life and give you peace of mind.  Contact us to schedule a consultation for Denver tree cabling and bracing today!