Tree Braces & Support Systems
If you’ve ever noticed, many larger trees will often have what’s referred to as ‘co-dominant’ branches that tend to shoot out from the tree’s main stump in an opposing direction. These are called co-dominant branches because they often carry the same girth and weight as the tree’s standard stump, making the tree uneven of off-balanced. To correct this, the use of tree braces and support systems help keep the trees intact and balanced to avoid tipping or falling due to the extra weight.
While clients are sometimes unsure if and when their trees may need support systems, it is always best to consult with a professional arborist. Removing a co-dominant branch doesn’t always solve the problem of imbalance in the tree and may actually do more harm than good. Therefore, professional tree care experts should help to troubleshoot where the imbalance in the tree is, if at all. Braces and cables can help redirect the excessive weight and redistribute it to other areas of the tree, making it more stable than before. Each tree case is different and may often require both forms of balancing support.
Tree bracing is the practice of bonding tree branches with wire-like braces to provide surrounding support to one another. Adding braces to such branches is done when some are weaker than others or protrude in odd directions. Adding braces helps keep the trees in a protective form, while also ensuring that they are not prone to breaking or cracking. When a branch is overly exposed or deformed, it becomes vulnerable to such damages and can lead to cracking in the main truck or other damage to surrounding trees. By adding braces to vulnerable or questionable branches, you can be assured that the branches won’t negatively affect one another, but rather provide support.
If a tree is deformed or has small defections, tree cabling is often the solution to realigning the tree to maintain balance. Cabling is achieved by inserting metal and wire cables to the center of the tree’s dominant branches and placed with screws and bolts to hold. The wires and cables are attached to opposing dominant branches with the same method so each branch is held with equal parts support. If the tree’s existing branches are unable to provide the needed support to each other, then the cables and wires can be fastened into the ground for extra support.
The techniques required to brace and cable trees should only ever be performed by professional arborists. This is because the methods needed take much time and skill to achieve, and if done incorrectly, could result in damage to the tree. It can lead to ground damage as well, or force your tree to crack unnecessarily. Therefore, it is important that braces and cables are attached only after consultation and approval from a trained arborist, as the methods don’t necessarily ensure that the trees will be evenly balanced afterwards. Check out our fertilization services.