Over the years, some trees will develop structural defects that can create an unsafe tree that could collapse and cause a range of damage in the surrounding area. While sometimes people prefer to remove these trees altogether, that’s not the only option available on the table – and probably shouldn’t be. Again, trees are important to your property for a wide range of reasons – and removing one from the premises can deeply disrupt any number of elements in and around the immediate area.
One way of dealing with a tree with defects is to secure it using a process called tree cabling. Cabling provides a supplemental support system that can be installed within the canopy of the tree to reduce issues caused by said defects. Once installed, the cables limit the kinds of extreme movements and stresses that can be caused by high winds, snow, ice and other unusual weather events that may cause a tree’s structure to fail.
One of the common issues that people sometimes have with cabling is that it can greatly reduce the aesthetic value of a tree, but this isn’t generally true. Most of the time, the cabling sits in the canopy of the tree – and isn’t noticeable from the ground. While it’s true that trees are an invaluable part of the landscaping of your property – it’s a matter of putting safety first. By using a cabling system, you can not only preserve the long-term health of the tree with minimal disruption to the area around it – but you can do so with the peace of mind of knowing that you won’t have to worry about any damage from a potential rupture.
You should consider cabling when you have defects or damage that may come about as the result of awkward growth patterns (condominant trunks) or damage from weather events (ice, snow, wind, etc). Especially if you’re on the proverbial fence as to whether cabling or removal is an option – you should have a professional come and take a look. Not only will they be able to more accurately diagnose the issue, but they may even be able to find other structural issues that you’re not considering – such as issues in the root system and anything under the ground.
Regardless – you should always play it safe and call a professional. Any fallen tree can cause big property damage or even worse – could injure you, your family or neighbors. So if you have a large tree or some hazard branches that might be a concern, give us a call – and we’ll come take a look!