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When you’d like to prolong the life of a damaged tree or keep a split tree from splitting farther, adding tree braces and cables could be the answer. Rich’s Tree Service specializes in tree care and evaluating damaged trees to determine whether tree cabling is a viable solution or tree removal is the only option. Customers in the Portland Metro area have trusted owner and Certified Arborist Rich Gillum with tree pruning, preservation and removal since 1989.

Tree Evaluations

We evaluate your injured tree to determine the best course of action. This may include a comprehensive restoration pruning plan, design and installation of a tree support system or removal of trees that can’t be reasonably restored. Tree damage can occur due to storms, improper pruning or structural defects. Damaged trees need immediate attention to prevent complete failure. We can often counter damage with installation of professional tree braces and cables.

Tree Cabling And Bracing

Tree braces and cables are tools arborists use to protect and improve the structural integrity of damaged trees. Cabling is achieved by drilling holes in the trunk or branches. Flexible high-strength steel strand cables are inserted and attached to bolts installed in the upper crown of a tree. The cable is tightly secured and intended to limit movement of supported branches during storms. Braces are thread rods installed through tree branch unions where weakness is located. This provides rigid support to counter twisting forces during severe weather.

Properly installed cables and placement of bracing rods redistribute structural stress and provide support in weakened areas. This mechanical support system, along with pruning to reduce end-weight, may reduce the potential for future damage to the tree and the likelihood of structural failure. Professional cabling and bracing can effectively add years to the life of a damaged tree without affecting the way it looks.

Maintenance Of Tree Braces And Cables

Tree cabling and bracing hardware is subject to the elements and normal movement of branches. Maintenance of this hardware is minimal, but important, and should include annual inspections by a certified arborist. Visual inspections can also be made during subsequent pruning. Additional support may become necessary as the tree grows.

We’re a licensed, bonded and insured tree care company that can handle all your tree issues, no matter the size and scope. Contact us at 971-915-4087 for a free estimate covering your tree care needs.