Tree Bracing & Tree Cabling

If you have a tree on your property that you are concerned about, you may be wondering if you should invest in a tree bracing or cabling system. These systems can be very helpful in preventing damage to trees during high winds or other extreme weather conditions. Every tree is different and therefore its bracing/cabling needs will be dependent on the application and/or tree scenario along with the desired results.


Tree Cabling

Dynamic Cabling Vs. Static Cabling?

Dynamic cabling is performed in situations where more “support” is needed or recommended to improve a tree’s overall safety.  This is typically done as a preventive measure to give additional assurances during high winds and inclement weather.  It is not a guarantee that the tree will not fail but sometimes the only option at improving tree stability and safety. Trees that have very large branch unions and multiple tops are the most common application and reason to choose dynamic cabling.  

Static Cabling on the other hand is usually recommended after some kind of structural failure has occurred. At this point, a static cabling system is recommended so that the repaired area remains “static” with very little movement if any. 

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All Around Arbor utilizes only the best for our Cabling applications - Cobra® Tree Cabling System.

Key benefits include:

  • Fast installation without any tools and damage to trees
  • Can be used dynamically and statically
  • Long service life thanks to the material aging well
  • High quality, maximum safety
  • Easy to control
  • Available with 2 Ton, 4 Ton and 8 Ton load strengths.

Tree Cabling
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Tree Bracing

Tree bracing is used to provide support at a failed/cracked union or crotch of a tree. It is typically performed by installing a threaded rod through the affected part.  We like to recommend bracing in small to medium-sized trees that have had a branch union crack.  With the installation of a threaded steel rod, the tree can usually heal and be saved.  It is not usually utilized in situations when safety is a big factor as bracing does not come with any guarantees.  More-so it is used to help support and preserve a tree that poses little risk to its surroundings.

If you have any questions surrounding the health and integrity of your tree, or already know you need tree cabling or bracing, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 503-730-3632

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Frequently Asked Questions about Tree Bracing & Cabling Systems

If you have a tree on your property that is valuable to you, or that you are concerned about being damaged in a severe storm, then investing in a tree bracing and cabling system may make sense for your tree. These systems can help to protect your trees from damage, and they can also increase their lifespan.

The cost of a tree bracing and cabling system will vary depending on the size and type of tree, as well as the complexity of the installation.

Yes, it is best to have a tree bracing and cabling system installed by a professional. This type of system requires special tools and equipment, and it can be dangerous to attempt to install it yourself. A professional arborist will be able to install the system properly and ensure that it is secure.

Yes, cabling can be used to support a dead tree and help prevent it from falling. However, it is important to have the tree evaluated by a certified arborist before deciding whether or not to cable it. The arborist will be able to determine if the tree is structurally sound enough to support the added weight of the cables and if cabling is the best option for the tree.

Cables and braces can be removed if the tree has recovered and is no longer in danger of falling. However, it is important to have the tree evaluated by a certified arborist before deciding whether or not to remove the support. The arborist will be able to determine if the tree is strong enough to stand on its own and if removing the support will not put the tree at risk of falling.

If you decide to remove the cables or braces, be sure to have it done by a qualified arborist or tree service. They will know how to properly remove the support without damaging the tree. Once the support is removed, regular inspections could be necessary to make sure the tree is still stable.

No, the Cobra cable system involves no injury to the tree. The system is designed to broadly distribute pressure to avoid strain on the tree. In fact, tree cabling can actually help to extend the life of your trees by preventing them from falling and being damaged.

The cables are only meant to provide support and stability to the tree, they will not be able to change the direction in which the entire tree trunk is growing. Depending on the tree, there may be better options. Contact us to assess your tree and provide a free quote for the best solution. 

Tree cables don't require a lot of maintenance but an annual inspection from a certified arborist is often important to ensure that they are still in good condition and doing their job.

This will help to extend the life of your trees and prevent them from falling and being damaged.

Cables last for many decades but should be inspected during regular maintenance to to make sure they are still doing their job. Tree cabling can last for many years if it is properly installed and maintained.

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