Tree cabling is the use of carefully placed cables, braces, and anchors to keep a tree from toppling over into structures. It’s used when a tree has grown lop sided, or soil subsidence or other physical factors have thrown it off balance so it is no longer growing upright and in the way you want.
What it is not used for is keeping a dead or dying tree in place – if the tree is already dead or on the way out then it needs cutting down, not cabling.
We are experts in deciding when and where cabling can save the day and implementing it efficiently and in a way that lasts. Cabling can be preventative and a way to ensure a loved but no longer stable tree continues to live long and prosper, or it can be a restoration process helping haul back a tree that has suffered storm damage for instance and putting it back on the straight and narrow.
Do I Need Tree Cabling?
Things to look out for in trees that might benefit from cabling include cracks in the trunk or major branches since without care these will only get worse and eventually lead to falling timber where you don’t want it. V-crotch stems; while most trees have a single trunk growing out of the ground that then branches into a crown the growth pattern can sometimes have a v-shaped split near the ground with two competing trunks rising from that crotch.
As the weight of the growing trunks increases there is the risk that the V will be pulled apart and become a weak spot likely to split. Leaning trees are an obvious sign that cabling will be needed to stop it falling and perhaps manage to pull it back to an upright, much like braces on teeth. It takes an expert to decide if a leaning tree can be saved by cabling or is past the point of no return but our qualified arborists will be able to tell you immediately.
This is the tried and trusted steel cabling you’ve probably seen most often. It’s as solid as you’d expect from steel and in the hands of a certified arborist it will lock a tree trunk firmly in place and help take the weight and strain. Steel isn’t a flexible material though, so increasingly there are other options springing up, the most common being dynamic cabling.
The idea of dynamic cabling is that it can move with the tree so that where high winds are an issue it allows the tree to move forwards and backwards rather than have it fighting a steel leash. It uses fabric and synthetic cabling rather than steel and incorporates deliberately engineered movement zones to allow a set amount of slack into the system.
As well as cables there are some cases where bracing is the best option for trees. Bracing involves a number of techniques, including inserting threaded rod into a branch to help it hold up and prevent further cracking or leaning.
We keep trees in check, but as arborists we do so in a way that promotes their healthy growth. Just taking a chainsaw to a tree growing in a way you don’t want is a recipe for problems further down the line. For example where once it was considered perfectly acceptable to ‘lop’ trees by cutting down parts of the main stem to leave stubs we know now that this can stunt trees, or encourage decay and fungi that can spread to other trees.
We don’t lop trees, we prune by taking out the right amount of the crown at the right points, and at the right time of year. That way you get the tree shape that you want, but with healthy tree growth going forward. That approach underlies everything we do, including work like tree removal and stump grinding. We always aim to preserve your property but also do right by the trees themselves – because we believe it’s in everybody’s interests.
It’s always sad to see a tree go but there are times when there is no other option and it’s a job you want handled by the professionals. Dead trees that have fallen are one clear example (although even there we would encourage you to keep small areas of dead wood to encourage wildlife).
Seriously damaged or dying trees that pose a risk of falling are another example of trees that must be removed. And of course some times trees have to be removed because of construction work or replanting. In each case the work needs to be done in a controlled fashion to minimize damage to other plants and to ensure the timber is removed safely.
Trees may need trimming because they are getting too close to property or utility lines, they may need trimming because they are unsightly or growing lopsidedly. They may also need trimming to promote their growth (pruning) and and to give better headroom underneath (crown raising).
We know exactly how to trim every type of tree you’re going to find in Florida so the shape is right for you and the growth pattern is right for the plant.
Tangled undergrowth, fallen trees, stumps and rocks can make land unusable and unsightly. Before you can lay that patio, build on it or simply enjoy that lawn, you need the land cleared by our team of enthusiastic and environmentally conscious land clearing specialists.
When a tree is cut it leaves a stump and the roots beneath it. While the roots can usually be left in place (unless you need to plant another tree on the same spot) the stump will prove an eyesore, a trip hazard, and a building obstacle even if it was cut to be as close as possible to ground level. We grind out stumps to below ground level so that you can have a perfectly smooth surface where they used to be.
If trees need support to withstand the weather, stop them from threatening property, or perhaps grow back up straight (think of cabling as like teeth braces for trees) then we can use a variety of cabling and bracing to support and direct your trees as well as steer them back on to the straight and narrow.
Ask us about the difference between static steel bracing, and the possibilities of flexible dynamic bracing to allow your trees to move with wind and storms without risking them falling.
24-Hour Emergency Tree Service
Trees don’t respect working hours when it comes to problems. Storm damage needs to be dealt with immediately and if you think a leaning tree or heavy limbs are a likely threat to your own life and limb then there’s no way you can wait. Which is why we offer a full emergency tree service around the clock, every day of the year.
If it’s a tree emergency then call us now on this number. If you think you may have problems with your trees that will only get worse then call us now on this number. Even if you think your trees are just fine then at least make a note of it but our feeling is that if you have trees then the best thing to do is have them checked out so we can tell you where things may need work.
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