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Cabling & Bracing Lafayette LA

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In Louisiana, cabling and bracing installation is essential. Because of the high frequency of storms and strong winds, the structural integrity of our trees can be compromised and cause problems. Trees with multiple trunks, abnormally large branches, lopsided canopies, poorly connected crotches, or highly mobile branches can be especially vulnerable to damage during storms. Read on to learn more about the different types and techniques of tree cabling and bracing and how it can keep your trees healthy and protect your property from potential damage.

What Is Cabling & Bracing?

Cabling and bracing are two of the most common methods for supplying structural support for trees. Arborists install rigid rods for bracing and flexible cables in order to support branches, redistribute stress, and hold together split trunks or limbs. The overall goal is to give structural support and to keep trees from dropping a branch or cracking during strong winds or storms. Typically, older or mature trees suffer more from structural problems than young trees. To support the tree, cables are usually installed high up in the tree, while rods are installed lower, below the problem area. Generally cables are a better alternative to rods as they have greater flexibility and leverage and can be used independently from rods. However, if your trees are too old or unstable, we may advise you to have your trees cut down instead.

When Should This Method Be Implemented?

Cabling and bracing are usually installed for three reasons:

  • Prevention of structural failure in healthy trees with structural weaknesses (bark inclusion, V crotches, or cavities)
  • Restoration of an already damaged tree
  • Support of an inherently weak tree (multi-trunked tree, week-wooded tree, etc.)

Thoughtful and accurate cabling/bracing can add 10-15 years of life onto a tree.

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Our Process for Cabling and Bracing in Lafayette LA

First Steps

The first step in the process is to have a trained arborist assess the tree to determine the best strategy and type of hardware to use. There are many types of cabling devices that can be used.

When the tree has been assessed, a climber ascends the tree and finds a position between the weak point of the tree and the end of the branches. This is where the installation will take place to provide maximum support. In addition to the installation of cabling, selectively pruning some of the smaller branches can help to reduce stress and weight on the identified weak point.

A small hole, slightly bigger than the cable is then drilled through the stem and the one above it and the cable is threaded through the holes. The cable is then pulled tight to create the right amount of tension. Wire stops and finishing caps are then installed to hold the cable in place.

Rinse & Repeat

This process is then repeated for all of the identified weak points in the tree. In order for the cable or cables to continue to be effective, they should be checked by a qualified arborist at least once a year. In the case that there have been a high number of severe storms or strong winds, you may want to call in an arborist to check for damage and make sure that the cables are still set to the right tension.

Best Time To Install Cabling and Bracing

The best time to install cabling and/or bracing is during winter or the coldest months. During this time the trees limbs are more exposed and it’s easier to assess its structural weak points.

How We Can Help

If you’re not sure whether your trees need structural support or not, give us a call for a free consultation. Our highly trained and experienced arborists can give you some great advice on how to keep your trees healthy and beautiful!

Contact Us

Lafayette Tree Co
Location: Lafayette, LA
Phone: (337) 573-2063​
Service Areas:
  • Lafayette
  • Youngstown
  • Broussard
  • New Iberia
  • Abbeville
  • Crowley
  • … any place 60 min from Lafayette
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