Trees may have leans, cracks or other damage that make the trees a hazard to your property. Urban trees often need some additional support to lower the risk of structural problems.
Trees may have v-crotches, double stems, which are comparatively weaker than single stems. The greater the angle of the v-crotch, the larger the risk of a problem. If the second stem is not removed early in the trees life, bracing or cabling may be required to mitigate the risk.
Long, overextended limbs with heavy branches may often present structural risks, depending on the species. Breakage may occur where the branch meets the stem.
You can remove trees that have these types of problems. If you want to preserve these trees, you do have some options.
Cabling and bracing provide structural support for trees. Cabling or bracing trees may correct certain problems and make the trees reasonably safe.
The three main purposes for using structural support are:
1. Pro-active prevention of problems by providing structural support for healthy trees.
2. Mitigation to reduce the risk of a hazard from a tree with a potential problem.
3. Restoration to support a damaged tree.
Cables are attached to trees by bolts screwed into tree branches. Synthetic rope is wrapped around branches without the need for drilling into trees.
Cables are installed in trees to provide support holding limbs together. Cables restrict how far apart branches can move from one another, reducing the forces capable of damage of weekly attached limbs.
Cables are installed at a distance from the limb or limbs requiring support.
Bracing rods are rigid supports.
Rods are installed lower in the trees.
Rods are usually used in conjunction with cables.
Bracing bolts can be inserted into trees to hold trees together. Rods can reduce the risk of multiple stems spreading apart. Rods can be used to hold trees together where splits have occurred.
Tree support systems require professional, technical expertise and equipment to properly determine feasibility, as well as install and maintain.
Zimmerman Tree Service provides professional planning, installation and maintenance of tree support systems.
If you have trees in need of structural support, contact Zimmerman Tree Service to help you make the best decisions for your property.
Cobra is a dynamic tree support system specially designed to be flexible and shock-absorbing.
The Cobra system is based on functional insights and scientific research results, providing the highest quality, bracing protection for your trees.
Cobra cable and bracing system supports your tree limbs with non-invasive cabling that does not require the use of steel parts and without drilling into your trees.
This professional cabling can protect trees of any size.
As your trees age, experience damage from hurricanes, storms and heavy winds, the affordable, award-winning Cobra cable system can stabilize your trees, strengthening them,
preventing limbs from splitting apart.
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Note: ISA is the International Society of Consulting Arboriculture. ASCA is the American Society of Consulting Arborist.