Tree Cabling and Bracing in Clearwater, Fl
Tree cabling and bracing in the greater Clearwater area is the installation of flexible steel strand cables and braces in trees to reduce stress damage from high winds, the weight of heavy foliage, and to support weak tree structures. As Certified Arborists, our goal is to help strengthen weak branches or limbs so that they are better able to withstand severe weather and to improve their longevity as well as reduce potential risk.
Cabling and Bracing for Unstable Structures
You don’t want to be put in a compromising situation during a storm that be dangerous to your yard or even your home. In addition, weak structures can sometimes be hard to recognize. If you have a concern about a possible weak structure, then contact Boen’s professional Arborist’s to assess your trees. Our Certified Arborist’s can help you identify weak points and examine tree bark or large co-dominant stems, which can be signals of weakness that may very well need reinforcing cabling and bracing.
Materials for Cabling and Bracing
Trust us when we say this, you don’t want to take on cabling and bracing by yourself. It can be a daunting task, even for experts. The materials and workmanship involved in the cabling system are guaranteed to be free of substantial defects. The Extra High Strength (EHS) cable shall comply with ASTM A475, Standard Specification for Zinc-Coated Steel Wire Strand. The fasteners shall be manufactured of stainless steel to resist corrosion. The design and installation of the system is guaranteed to comply with the ANSI A300 (Part 3) -2006 Standard Practices for Supplemental Support Systems and the 2007 edition of the ISA Best Management Practices for Tree Support. The tree and support system should be inspected every year. Common cabling and bracing materials may include but are not limited to:
- Cables – common and EHS
- Anchors – eyebolts, lags, amon eye
- Tree – dead grip – end
- Proper Cable and Bracing Installation
During cabling and bracing installation, it is important to only install one cable per anchor, otherwise it weakens the overall structure. A good tree service company knows that you should only separate anchors by stem diameter. And never install anchors in one linear line of sight. In addition, it is always important to note that the leaders should always be in line with the path of the cables. If this is not followed, it will also weaken the structural integrity of the job and possibly become a hazard for the property owner. Eyebolts should be fastened with round washers and nuts. Washer should be carefully seated against the bark. Also when cabling and bracing, do not countersink the washers, which is a mistake that a lot of unseasoned tree companies will make. The eyebolt shaft should be flush with the nut and peen end. It is also important to note, when installing bolts in a tree with decayed wood, is important to use a double nut and washer configuration.
What to Look for During Cabling and Bracing Inspections
If you are checking over the work of a cabling and bracing job by a company, please keep the following tips at the top of your mind. Make sure that any branches that have weak crotches are stabilized. It is also important to reinforce and repair any split crotches. Hold any rubbing limbs either together or make them separate. In the case of split crotches, it is best to place additional single or parallel rods about a foot to a foot and a half part along the length of the split. Lastly, a professional tree service company should always install a lightning rod after the cabling and bracing has been completed.
Call Boen’s Tree Service today for a complimentary consultation regarding any commercial or residential tree cabling and bracing concern at 727-785-5779