Heavy winds and rough weather can lead to trees splitting apart and dangerous falling limbs. The time and money it costs to clean up these disasters can be astronomical! There are many reasons why cabling your tree now can prevent huge costs in the long run. Read on to see what the experts at Giroud have to say about the benefits of tree cabling.
There are a few reasons why you may need to have your tree cabled:
Co-dominant Leaders: If your tree has two or more main leaders or trunks, it may be at high risk for splitting apart. The area where the leaders divide is often a major weak spot for a tree.
Overextended, Weakly Attached Limbs: Sometimes a limb that extends from the main trunk may experience aggressive growth. If this limb becomes too big, the weight becomes too much for the trunk to bear and the limb snaps. If caught in time, this limb can be cabled to the main trunk which will ease the weight distribution and prevent breakage.
Some trees are just more susceptible to breakage: Just about any tree with weakly attached limbs or more than one main trunk is at risk for splitting apart or losing major limbs. Check out this report by the University of Illinois which highlights which trees are more at risk for breakage than others.
For more information, check out Giroud’s Blog Post Why You May Need to Cable Your Tree!
Oftentimes, homeowners have no idea that their tree is a threat, which is why you should have your trees inspected by an ISA Certified Arborist on a regular basis. If he sees a concern, he may recommend cabling to prevent a disaster later. Here are some reasons why:
–Safety Hazard: People underneath weak limbs can get seriously hurt when branches break.
–Financial Burden: When large limbs and leaders break, they can land on a roof, shed, car or fence. The financial costs that come with falling trees can add up quickly!
–Time is Money: Dealing with contractors, insurance companies, and days lost at work trying to clean up the mess from a fallen tree takes a lot of your time!
A Proactive Approach
Installing cables in weak limbs is often the best way to prevent trees from splitting and breaking apart. Tree cables are like a safety net for trees! By reducing the strain on weak limbs, tree cables prevent the limbs from splitting and causing damage or complete tree failure. For cracked trunks, a through bolt helps to keep the trunk from splitting apart.
Check out this video with Giroud Arborist and Vice President, Drew Slousky, where he shows several large trees that have been saved by cables!
The only way to know for sure is to have an ISA Certified Arborist inspect all the trees on your property.
Giroud Tree and Lawn is your tree cabling expert! Giroud’s tree cabling services provide you with everything you need to know about tree cabling and how the tree cables work to give the tree much needed support. Best of all, our service guarantee ensures that you are satisfied and informed throughout the process.
Is your tree already cabled? Annual inspections are vital!
Cable hardware wears down over time. Tree health and structural integrity can also change. For safety and performance, tree cable supports must be inspected annually. Inspections are always FREE!