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Improve Your Tree’s Structural Integrity

From seedling to sprout, a tree’s physical structure may be incapable of supporting its growth, leading to structural failure. Trees of all varieties can fail; even those without a structural problem may fail given the right circumstances. Beyond losing a tree due to unstable tree growth, structural failure of large tree branches, trunks, and root systems can cause severe property damage, personal injury, and even fatalities. Professional tree services such as tree cabling and tree bracing from our Gainesville tree specialists can provide support to weak trees, helping you preserve your landscape, your safety, and your trees for years to come.

Contact True Cut Tree Service, Inc. today to schedule a free tree assessment and to schedule tree care services you can count on.

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Tree Support Systems

Tree cabling and bracing installed by a professional tree service, such as True Cut Tree Service, Inc., helps support trees during violent storms and may be provided during emergency tree service. They limit the movement of trees’ supported branches, reducing the likelihood of breakage during high winds, rains, and other weather events. Over time, trees with cabling and bracing develop new tissue and bark that encompass the hardware, providing a strong anchor point that improves the overall durability of the trees’ support systems.

Tree Cabling

Tree cabling, including static cabling and dynamic cabling, is performed to support trees with structural defects, such as a co-dominant union, cavity, cracks, or other types of aggravating issues. Over time, high wind speeds push against the upper portions of tree canopies, increasing the amount of force and pressure on weakened areas and causing the tree to fail. Tree cabling combats this issue by securing weak areas to stronger parts of the tree, preventing harm from wind force and pressure. Contact us today to find out more about the best type of cabling for your tree!

Tree Bracing

Tree bracing is typically performed in close proximity to a tree’s union and uses specially sized rods to properly support the weight of stressed areas of the tree. For trees with substantial degrees of separation, the crack will be closed either with a tensioning device or a come-along device. During tree bracing, we drill holes through the tree’s trunk, install rods ensuring a snug fit, and thread a steel rod through the tree, securing it with nuts and washers. Bracing is commonly performed in conjunction with cabling for a customized solution to help trees thrive.

Common Structural Issues In Trees

Cabling and bracing can help save trees from failing due to a wide range of structural issues, including co-dominant stems, cracks in unions, and tree cavities. Help your trees thrive with the help of experienced tree-care professionals — schedule a free tree assessment today!

Co-Dominant Stems

The most common structural problem found in trees, co-dominant stems occurs when two or more stems dominate a singular base. Co-dominant stems may not be an issue, particularly with u-shaped unions (the area in which stems meet). However, if the union has a v-shape, it may indicate competition between stems and poor development of the tree’s adhesive wood. Tree cabling and bracing are among the best options for stabilizing trees with problematic, co-dominant stems.

Union Cracks

Union cracks commonly develop in co-dominant tree unions. They are usually difficult to spot and may go undetected for a number of years. High winds often cause cracks to develop in tree unions. Weak branch unions can be spotted in branch bark ridges that roll inwards, accompanied by a sunken area below the branch. Additionally, bark growing inside of the union (included bark) can indicate poor connections between the wood in a tree’s branch vs. its stem.

Tree Cavities

Cavities in trees, such as holes found in branches, limbs, or trunks, are considered to be weak points. These issues may occur for a number of different reasons, including unhealed pruning wounds, insect entry points, decay organisms, and winterization cracks in trees. Tree cavities often cause the interior wood of a tree to become exposed, causing it to rot from the inside out. This results in a structural deficiency in this part of the tree.