Tree Support Services

Trees can be either cabled or braced for support. In a cabling set-up, holes need to be drilled through the tree and bolts are placed in (similar to eye bolts used on utility poles). A steel cable is used to support leaders where extra support is needed. This set up is typical for mature trees with extreme weight above the crotch. In a bracing setup, a cradle provides support which expands as the tree grows. Rubber inserts are placed in the rope by the tree worker which gives the rope stretch and allows the tree to move naturally in the wind. There are no drilled holes or open wounds to secure the brace. We encourage bracing over cabling whenever possible. Open wounds in trees are always invitations for water, decay, and insects. This is counterproductive if the goal is to prolong the trees life cycle. In all tree support systems, periodic checking is necessary.