Some trees have a very heavy limb structure - or they are very weak. Cabling and bracing is often required to prevent these limbs from breaking, falling, and causing injury to humans - or the tree. These systems need to be examined yearly, especially after wind storms and heavy snow. We come out to your home or business each year to make sure everything is still intact and able to withstand another year of use.
Tree trunks and limbs are connected with steel fasteners and high tension cables to provide much-needed support to weak limb structures or over-extended limbs. Trees with V-shaped crotches or crotch formations where the bark is "included" are mechanically weak and should be inspected to see if they need to be cabled.
Cables are supplemental structural supports, intended to reduce the risk of failure from weak branches and multiple stems.
Braces are thread rod that are installed through unions of weak branches and multiple stems to provide more rigid support from torsional (twisting) forces that can occur in violent weather.
All existing tree cables need that yearly inspection. The trees themselves should continue to grow vigorously so they are producing new wood to help secure the anchors. It is vital to install cables at the correct point. It is equally as important to use the correct hardware. You need to trust an expert Arborist to do the job. G&V Tree and Landscaping Services is your best bet.
As stated before, the "Tree Braces" must also be routinely inspected for wear. The integrity of the anchoring wood needs to be evaluated by a professional. Although the braces that we install typically last from 10 to 20 years, once a brace has been in a tree more than 5 years, we advise to have one of our Arborists climb the tree to make sure.