Tree Cabling and Bracing


Tree Cabling and Bracing

Installing cables and braces on living trees is a highly specialized tree service that can help to preserve certain trees, to correct their growth to make it more symmetrical, or to train a young tree’s growth in an optimal fashion. Unfortunately, cabling and bracing will not work for every tree in every situation. A professional, experienced arborist, like ours at Quincy Tree Services, will be able to tell if your tree is a good candidate for this type of treatment. 


What is Tree Cabling?

Tree cables are a type of external structural support that can help to prevent weakened branches from falling during storms, and therefore preserving a tree that may otherwise have to be removed. Cabling is a highly skilled process  which involves a certified arborist strategically installing extra strength steel cables into the crown of the tree. The goal is to reduce the amount of movement in the crown during a storm, so that branches are less likely to fail and break. 


Before moving forward with a cabling installation, our professional arborist will conduct a thorough assessment of the tree’s condition to see if the cables will be safe, reliable and beneficial for the overall health of the tree. Some other considerations are the conduction of electricity through the tree in the event of a lightning strike, and the expected future growth or decay of limbs and branches. While cabling can potentially be a life-saver for your tree or your surrounding property, it’s not always the correct solution. Call us today to schedule an inspection and see if this option is right for you! 


What is Tree Bracing? 

Tree bracing works on the union between the tree’s branches and the trunk. A special type of rod is threaded through the weak branch unions to add extra structural support. Several rods may be installed to reduce the amount of bending and twisting that the tree endures during a violent storm. Weak or splitting limbs may be braced and bolted together to distribute weight more evenly, and aid in preventing catastrophic failure of the tree’s structure during storms. When you call Quincy Tree Services for an inspection, a certified arborist will thoroughly assess your tree to determine whether bracing is a good treatment option for you. 


What if the tree can’t be braced or cabled? 

If our arborist determines that your tree is not a good candidate for cabling or bracing, then we may recommend having it removed. Visit our Tree Removal Service page to learn more about how we can help with professional and affordable tree removal. We also offer Stump Removal and Wood Chipping services on-site, so you can get your yard looking like new and ready to plant a new tree!  


Reminder For Tree Cabling and Bracing Clients: It’s important to have your external structural features inspected by a certified arborist every year! Cables and braces can wear out, and things can shift and change as your tree grows. If supports were installed by a careless or inexperienced contractor, you could be on the verge of a tree emergency. Call us today to schedule a follow-up inspection!