Save Your Old Tree with Cabling and Bracing
Having a big old tree in your yard is a great asset. But time and weather can threaten it.
If your tree looks vulnerable to wind or damage from heavy snow, cabling or bracing can help
save it. These techniques should be left to a professional. You don't want to climb up and put
cables and braces in your tree branches.
Cabling is a technique that ties branches together with a wire rope. This helps support them
by reducing strain. Your arborist screws eye bolts into weak branches and secures the wire rope
to them. Some trees have numerous cables running between their branches.
If your tree has a branch that is in danger of splitting, your arborist might use a
technique called bracing. With bracing, a threaded steel rod is sent through the entire branch
near its weak spot. Nuts and big washers are tightened onto the ends to give the branch extra
A Job for the Experts
Take a close look at your trees to see if there is any damage. You can also call an arborist
to come out and look at them with you. Either way, let the pros do the repairs this time.