Cabling and Bracing
Tree Service Trenton
Professional arborists serving Trenton, Ontario and the Bay of Quinte region
Tree Cabling And Bracing
While there are several ways to join two trees together, the most common method is to use cables and braces. Cables are made of steel or other strong materials, and they’re used to support the weight of the trees. Braces are made of wood or plastic, and they’re used to hold the cable in place.
This method of joining trees is often used to create a stronger tree, to improve the appearance of the tree, or to change the shape of the tree. Cabling and bracing can also be used to prevent a tree from falling over in high winds or heavy storms.
Cabling conjoined trees
Two trees joined at the ground by their trunks are called conjoined or grafted trees. Conjoined trees really only have half of a root system for each trunk, and one half of the tree split and fall in a windstorm. Joining two conjoined can create a stronger tree and preventing the tree from splitting at the base where the trunks are joined.
How are tree cabling and bracing done?
Tree cabling and bracing are typically done by a professional arborist or tree surgeon. First, the arborist will assess the trees to be joined and determine the best way to proceed. They will then install the cables and braces, making sure that they’re secure and won’t cause any damage to the trees. Often the cables are installed about halfway up the tree and will require a professional arborist and the right equipment to accomplish the job safely.
Are there any risks associated with tree cabling and bracing?
There are some risks associated with tree cabling and bracing, though these are typically minor. The biggest risk is that the cables or braces could fail, causing the trees to fall over. However, this is unlikely to happen if the cables and braces are installed properly by a professional arborist.
Another risk is that trees joined together in this way could grow too close to each other, causing damage to their bark or branches. However, this can be avoided by regularly trimming back the branches of each tree.
If you have trees that are at risk because of conjoined trunks or weak branches, give us a call at Tree Service Trenton. We will assess your trees and provide a free quote to have the problem dealt with and bring you peace of mind.