Structural Bracing

Like most living things, trees possess imperfections in their physical architecture that can result in structural weaknesses. Arborists call these imperfections tree defects. The most common defects include:

  • cavities which are hollow or rotten portions of branch or stem wood where decay fungi have broken down a portion of the woody tissue
  • seams and cracks as a result of a naturally-occurring growth defect or one that is caused by excessive movement during storm or wind events
  • weak branch attachments that are naturally-occurring growth defects present in most species of trees

When appropriate, certified arborists from Tree Specialists install structural braces to add supplemental support to tree defects. While this does not eliminate the possibility of tree failure, it reduces failure potential and allows us to preserve trees that might otherwise break apart or have to be removed. We install both cable brace systems and rod braces to reinforce defects in both shade trees and ornamental tree species.

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Structural bracing and cabling of trees has been practiced for centuries. Let Tree Specialists assist you in giving your trees the structural support they need. Contact us if you suspect your trees may have defects that would benefit from tree bracing.

I have worked with various people within Tree Specialists over many years and am quite happy to recommend them to others. I find the science behind their work to be exemplar and it supports every facet of their work. They have been around long enough to be sophisticated about addressing the challenges of difficult tree issues in difficult settings and the importance of managing their work while keeping the owner well informed. Lastly, they are good people and a pleasure to work with and learn from.— Skip Burck, Landscape Architect, Principal, Richard Burck Associates, Somerville, MA