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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. 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 support 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 our professional tree service, 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, tree bracing and tree cabling systems help trees develop new tissue and bark that encompass the hardware, providing a strong anchor point improving 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 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 close to a tree’s union and uses specially sized rods to support the weight of the tree’s stressed areas. For trees with substantial degrees of separation, the crack will be closed with a tensioning device or a come-along device. During tree bracing, we drill holes through the tree’s trunk, install rods to ensure a snug fit, thread a steel rod through the tree, and secure it with nuts and washers. Bracing is commonly performed with cabling for a customized solution to help trees thrive.

Common Structural Issues In Trees

Tree cabling and tree bracing systems can help save trees from failing due to 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 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 some of 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 several 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 the union (included bark) can indicate poor connections between the wood in a tree’s branch and its stem.

Tree Cavities

Cavities in trees, such as holes found in branches, limbs, or trunks, are considered weak points. These issues may occur for several reasons, including unhealed pruning wounds, insect entry points, decay organisms, and winterization cracks in trees. In addition, 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.

Benefits Of Tree Cabling & Bracing

Cabling and bracing involve installing flexible cables and braces within a tree to keep it strong and sturdy. These systems help reduce stress and damage caused to your property’s trees by severe winds, dense foliage, and storms. When performed by a team of our tree care professionals, cabling and bracing can fortify the branches or limbs of your trees, making them less likely to break. Additionally, these services can prevent homeowners from needing tree removal services later. Some other distinct benefits and advantages of tree cabling and bracing include the following.

  • Preventing Damage To Property
  • Maintaining The Beauty Of Your Property’s Trees
  • Extending The Lifespan Of Valuable Trees
  • Mitigating Risks Of Fallen Limbs Harming Visitors
  • Helping Stabilize Transplanted Trees

How To Tell If A Tree Needs Cabling Or Bracing

When a tree’s structural integrity fails, it could cause costly damage to a person’s property, which is why it’s best to have trees cabled and braced as soon as you realize they’re structurally compromised. Below are a few common signs a tree on your property may benefit from cabling and bracing services.

  • Tree Leaning To One Side
  • Splits In A Tree’s Trunk
  • Excessive Swaying During High Winds
  • Audible Creaking And Cracking
  • Sagging Branches

Not sure if a tree needs support? Our local tree care company specialist can provide you with a tree care assessment! Contact us today to learn more.

Professional Tree Services In Gainesville, FL

True Cut Tree Services, Inc. offers all-encompassing tree care services to property owners in Gainesville, FL. Whether you need bracing and cabling, tree trimming, tree removal, or any other tree care services — you can rely on our certified, licensed, and insured tree service company! Contact us today to request a free tree care assessment or learn more about our tree care services!