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Cable and Bracing Damaged Trees

Can my tree be saved? I am often asked this question when a homeowner discusses a crack in a large branch or trunk of their tree. Some can be saved and the hazard minimized with the help of cables and braces.

The solution starts with a call to a certified arborist to evaluate the tree and feasibility of installing a tree support system.

Cables and braces are the usual means of support. Steel cables anchored into two areas on a tree are used to brace large branches in risk of failure. For example, two upward trunks with a V shape connection at the base are subject to breakage. The cable adds support, reducing the risk.

Braces are rods placed through branches or a trunk with a visible crack. Cables may also be used for additional support. Once installed, these should be inspected every few years to make sure they are doing their job.

A bit more information: Visit the Trees are Good website to find a certified arborist in your community. These tree care professionals are trained and experienced in the field of arboriculture, have passed the International Society of Arboriculture certification exam and participate in continuing education to maintain their certification.

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