Why would I need to brace my tree?
Sometimes wind throw, lightning, ice build up or just pure size can contribute to a weaker branch and pitch of some trees.
Depending on the tree species, some plants will be more susceptible to splitting than others.
Hard wood trees tend to split more often because they are more rigid and not as flexible when the wind stirs up.
Soft wood trees are more likely to NOT SPLIT because they are more flexible and capable of bending and flexing in the wind.
Soft Wood trees, such as pines, are often the first trees to grow in windy harsh conditions.
If one of your trees, hard or soft, has a new feature to it's tree face in the form of a splitting scar, you can likely save the tree by bracing it.
Bracing a tree involves drilling a hole and using a large metal screw to secure both sides of the tree together.
Other ways to save a split tree is by using cable and shoring it to the ground.
Generally we use large screws on split trees, as these are more visually appealing and often times works better.
When would a cable be appropriate to use?
Cabling involves using cable to correct a trees migration or leaning away from or into an area.
Tree owners sometimes can find that a tree has been blown over by natural causes and needs to be brought back up to a standing position.
Cabling could be utilized to secure the tree in the upright position and give it time to recover and heal it's roots and trunk in