How to Brace Your Tree For High Winds and Storms

Have you ever lost a tree or branches perhaps in the spring’s strong winds? Reports from some of the most reliable sources indicate that tens of hundreds of trees across the town fall over, uproot, or lose large limbs due to sweeping storms accelerated by poor pruning and soil heaving. It is also important to understand that more often than not, trees face challenges that have the latent to affect their health. It could be structural integrity or naturally weak branches that may result in limp failure in case of a massive storm putting property and people at risk.

¿Alguna vez ha perdido un árbol o ramas tal vez en los fuertes vientos de la primavera? Los informes de algunas de las fuentes más confiables indican que decenas de cientos de árboles en la ciudad se derrumban, arrancan o pierden grandes ramas debido a las tormentas de barrido aceleradas por la mala poda y el levantamiento del suelo. También es importante entender que la mayoría de las veces, los árboles enfrentan desafíos que tienen el latente para afectar su salud. Podría ser la integridad estructural o ramas naturalmente débiles que pueden resultar en una falla de cojera en caso de una tormenta masiva que ponga en riesgo a las propiedades y personas.

While it is not easy to notice structural defects, especially when the tree has an abundance of leaves, it can increase threefold tree failure risk during adverse weather conditions when left uncorrected. Therefore, it is always essential to keep inspecting your tree for such signs such as storm damage, cavities in the branches, split in the trunk, leaning tree, and so on and so forth. If these signs present, then there are excellent techniques to secure your tree –called bracing and cabling technology. Both are processes used by arborists to provide a tree additional structural support. This article, therefore, explains in detail how to cable and brace a tree for a storm.

What is cabling?
As its name suggests, cabling is the process of installing galvanized or steel support cables from one branch to another to strengthen and reinforce the upper canopy ensuring that the limbs do not break or fall off the tree during adverse weather like strong winds, snowstorms, or ice.

How to cable a tree
We have already mentioned that cabling involves attaching a flexible steel cable in between branches to limit or regulate limb motion besides reducing stress on crotches or branches. The support cables are installed in the top one-third of a tree. One cable is always sufficient, but if necessary, you may use more!

What is bracing
Bracing a tree is typically installing a steel (solid) support systems or rod(s) in the lower section (about one-third) of the tree. Unlike the previous process, bracing works well near the tree’s trunk, and usually within the trunk itself. This technology helps prevent unnecessary movement between limbs.

How to brace a tree
If you want to install a bracing system rightly, you have to start by drilling a hole through the tree. After that, insert a rod into the hole and bolt to the tree. As you can see, this technique is more invasive compared to the cabling system. It arguably provides the much-needed support to compromised trunks as it prevents further cracks or splits from expanding.
Will tree bracing and cabling help your tree survive strong winds and storms?

The answer is yes. Both systems provide safety benefits in times of strong winds and storms besides reducing significantly the risk(s) of property damage and even death of death of your lovely tree from severe storm damages. It also improves the storm worthiness of canopy trees. To get the best out of these systems, it is vital to ensure that a reputable and certified arborist provides the service.  If you have a tree that you need to brace call us today: MY Tree Service Round Rock

Conclusion
An appropriately and adequately installed bracing and cabling system has a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years, after which you are required to consider re-installation. In between, occasional inspections of the systems are required to ensure the support mechanisms are integral and to confirm whether their integrity is still solid or otherwise.