Cabling and Bracing Systems: How They Can Protect Your Trees
As tree specialists, we understand the importance of keeping older trees healthy and safe. One of the ways we do this is through the use of cabling and bracing systems. Trees experience many kinds of weather patterns in their life time and will grow in a wide variety of conditions, these environmental factors will influence the way that they respond. As trees mature limbs can become prone to weather damage from high winds, more so if they have not developed strong enough unions.
We can identify weak limbs and attachment points and prescribe suitable tree restraint systems.
What are cabling and bracing systems?
Cabling and bracing systems are a way of supporting trees that may have structural weaknesses, such as multiple trunks or large branches that are at risk of breaking off. The systems are made up of cables and braces that are installed high up in the tree, and are designed to redistribute the weight of the tree and provide additional support.
How do they work?
Cables are installed high up in the tree and are attached to the branches or trunks that require support. Braces, on the other hand, are installed between the trunks or branches to provide additional support. The cables and braces are secured tightly and are designed to withstand the weight of the tree and the force of the wind.
The unique tree restraint system consists of a cable that stretches to allow the branches to flex naturally. The system utilises a special splice loop around the tree branches to avoid girdling and grips tightly under load.
Tree restraint systems contribute to preserving valuable trees inexpensively and to minimise risk. The restraint systems are only designed to support branches from falling if they break.
Please note: Bracing systems require regular (annual) checks as the loop needs to be able to grow with the tree and doesn’t grip too tightly when underweight.
What are the benefits of cabling and bracing systems?
Cabling and bracing systems can provide a number of benefits for your trees, including:
- Increased safety: By providing additional support, cabling and bracing systems can help prevent large branches or trunks from breaking off and causing damage to property or people.
- Extended tree life: Trees that have structural weaknesses can benefit from the additional support provided by cabling and bracing systems, which can extend their lifespan.
- Preservation of historic or valuable trees: Some trees are of significant historical or cultural value and cannot be replaced. Cabling and bracing systems can help preserve these trees for future generations to enjoy.
- Cost-effective: Cabling and bracing systems are a cost-effective way to support trees with structural weaknesses, compared to removing the tree entirely.
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