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 support.
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.