Contrary to popular belief, trees can grow weak and vulnerable. They fall victim to diseases, pest infestations, and unusual growth. This is what makes them dangerous and hazardous to work with. While tree removal may seem to be the only probable solution, cabling and bracing have proven to be a safer and cheaper alternative.
Cables and rods add structural support to trees that are too weak or too damaged to support their weight. They are installed to evenly distribute the weight of certain branches. When there’s a clear sign of cracking or splitting, we install rods to keep them intact. They are not a permanent fix mind you and should be inspected by a certified arborist once every few years.
When do Trees Need Cabling and Bracing
- Excessive or heavy limbs. You can easily spot unnatural growth when branches do not complement the size of their trunk. These are issues that need to be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent accidents and injuries.
- Overextending limbs. They tend to interfere with other structures, including electrical wires, poles, and other buildings. Even their weight may put pressure on the other end and could potentially break, causing harm to unsuspecting pedestrians.
- Tree canopy is favorably leaning on one side. When the majority of its weight on one side, it can only mean a failing structure. It needs to be taken care of immediately as it comes with many safety risks. This can be solved by putting pressure on the opposite side to even out their weight.
- Branches and foliage move around too much. This is an indication that they are too frail for safety concerns. It would be best to add structural support to lower the chances of it breaking.
- Signs of splitting. As soon as splitting is noticeable, have it inspected by a certified arborist. Ignoring it for too long may mean irreparable damage, ultimately leading to tree removal which is a lot more expensive.
- Adverse weather is common in your area. Nature can be unforgiving and could cause serious damage to trees, no matter how tough they are. It would be better to prevent these damages, rather than treating them after disaster struck.
When dealing with failing structural support, workers need to know that the job is twice as dangerous compared to dealing with healthy trees. They need to consider the possibilities of falling limbs and weak footing. That is why it is highly discouraged for inexperienced homeowners to deal with it themselves. It is best to hire professionals who have the skills, experience, and the necessary equipment in getting the job done. If you’re looking for a reliable company to install cables and rods on your trees, Central Tree Service Lancaster is just a call away.
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