Tree Braces & Support Systems
We can save your tree. If your tree is leaning or splitting and in need of general support, we have a remedy. Tree braces and support systems are a great way to help trees thrive. The goal is to limit branch movement, protect branch architecture and support weight. The tree will let us know exactly what it needs and which techniques to employ. To support a long horizontal limb whose weight is too heavy for the tree to bear, we will install a prop for support. Cabling and bracing are two of the more popular techniques utilized in tree support systems.
There are a variety of treatments we can employ for a loved and ailing tree. If you have a co-dominant tree that is in danger of splitting or fracturing, cabling is the ideal technique to employ. Our experienced team of arborists will install the cabling in the tree and branch parts. When fractures occur in the stem or the branch, we will use bracing to mend it. Guying is a strategy used for new saplings or trees that are partially uprooted. This procedure straightens and stabilizes trees. To support long and heavy horizontal limbs, we install a prop to help the tree bear the weight.
Frequently Asked Questions
The primary question that people ask is, “do these procedures hurt the tree?” Braces and support systems do not hurt the tree. Trees are very intuitive and recognize that we are assisting in its growth. Although we are drilling directly into the center of the trunk or limb, a healthy callus will form over the hardware and you won’t be able to notice it in a couple of years. Clients also want to know if every tree can be saved. Unfortunately, every tree cannot be saved. There are times when damage and disease has destroyed a tree to the point where no amount of bracing and support will suffice.
How Long Does It Last?
Tree braces and cabling can last for the tree’s entire lifespan. Keep in mind that we install these support systems to move and sway with a tree’s natural rhythm. As the tree matures, it will callus over any braces or rods installed. Once the installations have been made, the tree should be completely healed in 2 to 3 years. A dedicated arborist will return to check on your tree and the system. If she doesn’t notice a drastic improvement, adjustments will be made to shore up the tree. Trees have a very long life cycle. Humans must be patient and give them space to heal in their own time. With that said, sometimes fertilization also is required to achieve your goals.