August 15, 2017 6:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Your home is a huge investment, and since you may be living in it for several years or even decades, you need to protect the property’s value, appearance and health—both inside and outside. Like many homeowners, you are proud to own trees for shade or that enhance your landscaping. Trees are living things and require maintenance and care to ensure they grow strong, and do not fall over due to a weakened trunk, being too top-heavy or due to a powerful storm.

Looking out the window at your trees right now, you may be wondering whether it’s a good idea to secure them or remove them instead of risking them falling over onto your house. But before we go any further, let’s talk about what tree bracing and tree cabling are, and how they can help.

What is tree bracing and cabling?

Though an older, sturdy tree may appear pretty and strong, there are several things that can compromise its integrity—like heavy snow, strong window storms or poor branch formation. Tree bracing and cabling are ways to make sure your trees are protected now and do not sustain further damage, nor cause damage to your landscaping or home via sizable fallen limbs.

Tree bracing is just what it sounds like—a certified tree care professional will add support to cracked or damaged limbs using appropriately sized braces. It’s not unusual for an entire tree to need bracing, especially if it poses a threat to people or property.

Tree cabling uses tension to support cracked, breaking or otherwise damaged tree limbs, as opposed to clamp support. Tree cabling is a long lasting solution that can minimize further damage to your trees while boosting their strength.

While tree cabling and bracing are often used to stabilize mature trees with structural damage, a more simplified version is used to brace young trees to correct growth patterns early on. This helps them to develop properly:

  • Protects people and property: Large trees are natural shade providers, which is why many homeowners plant them on their property. To keep people safe and protect your home from falling limbs and trees, consider tree cabling or bracing for damaged or unstable trees. Bracing tree limbs costs much less than having to pay thousands for a home remodel after an incident.
  • Promotes healthy trees for the long term: Shade trees take many years to mature—protect them with professional cabling or bracing to prolong tree health, stability and lifespan. As long as the tree is healthy, even if it’s damaged or weakened, you can use these methods to avoid having to remove and replace the tree.
  • Reduces energy costs: Both residential and commercial properties benefit from shade trees. They can reduce heating and cooling costs, as well as boost curb appeal and land value. Keep your trees healthy and strong!

To learn more about tree bracing and tree cabling, call the knowledgeable tree experts at Allan’s Tree Service. We’ll come visit to determine where your tree needs bracing to help it grow strong. Contact us today!

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