It is important to understand when a tree might be helped by the installation of cables or bracing rods and to recognize the limits of cable systems. It should also be known that when cabling or bracing a tree, the Arborist takes on a future responsibility to the client.
Periodic inspection of cables is required to ensure proper functioning of the cable system.
Cables should be installed at least two-thirds the distance from the crotch to the branch tips.
Cabling and bracing each involve the installation of hardware in a tree. Anytime hardware is installed in a tree, there will be wounding and a risk of decay. The reason we would consider installing cabling or bracing would be to provide extra support to a tree by limiting the movement of limbs, or to support heavy limbs by connecting two or more together. When used wisely, they may reduce the risk of failure and extend the life of a tree.