While the impact of a severe storm on a tree is unpredictable, Steve Nagy, Davey Tree Service expert and ISA Certified Arborist, will explain several things you can do to help protect your trees – one of which involves placing a cable or cables in the tree.
Cabling is the installation of flexible steel strand cables in trees to reduce stress damage from high winds, the weight of ice or snow, and heavy foliage. Essentially what we are doing is strengthening weak tree branches or limbs so that they are better able to withstand severe weather and to improve their longevity. The goal is to transfer the weight from a weak branch to a stronger one, preventing breaking limbs.
Cable installation is a process best completed by licensed arborists. Maintenance following cable installation is minimal but also important, and the hardware should be inspected periodically.