Cabling and bracing

Split or cracked tree? Woodpecker Tree Care can help you with that.

Individual landscape trees often develop heavy and extended limbs, multiple trunks, or other defects that increase the likelihood of failure. A splitting tree is an unhealthy tree, and sometimes an unsafe tree if its close to a house or road. Rather than cutting down a valuable tree, Woodpecker Tree Care is happy to intervene with less harmful methods.

A splitting tree might look like this.

There are two main techniques we use to secure a tree. The first is cabling, which uses a rope, shock absorbers, and other tools to attach the split halves to each other. We at Woodpecker Tree care promote the Cobra cabling kit as a non-invasive method of cabling. While somewhat more expensive than the traditional taut steel cables, it allows the tree to maintain its natural strength through continued movement. It’s also a long-term investment, as it can easily be repositioned higher in the canopy as the tree gets taller. It’s fit for windy weather, and will keep your tree intact without leaving grooves in the bark.

The other method we use is bracing. It’s similar to resetting a broken bone with pins, but on a much bigger scale. Metal rods of the appropriate size are drilled and secured between the two halves and secured with nuts and washers. Washers are then riveted to keep them from becoming loose during windy storms or over long periods of time.

Both methods work well, and with proper maintenance and adjustments throughout, they will extend the lifespan of your tree.  Contact Woodpecker Tree Care if you have a cracked tree, and we will be happy to consult with you and find the best option for you and your tree.

Want to see these methods in action? Check it out: