Tree Cabling and Bracing

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At Tasmanian Tree Care, we understand the importance of maintaining the structural integrity and safety of high-value trees. That’s why we offer professional tree cabling and bracing services to support the growth and stability of your trees.

Tree cabling and bracing is a technique used to support trees that have defects that threaten their structural stability, such as overextended branches, weak unions, or other defects that may lead to branch failure. These defects can increase the likelihood of damage to people or property, so it’s essential to address them in a timely manner.

There are two types of tree support systems commonly used: tree cabling and dynamic bracing. The choice between the two depends on the severity of the defect and the long-term management plan of the tree.


Dynamic tree bracing is a non-invasive method of tree support that involves using specially designed dynamic ropes to reduce the risk of structural failure. These ropes allow the tree to move naturally while preventing failure during high winds, heavy rain, or snow events. The stretch in the rope allows the branch unions to build natural resilience through movement and allows for the continued growth of reaction wood.

Dynamic tree bracing is an excellent choice for trees with overextended branches, weak unions, or other defects that may be likely to cause failure. It is non-invasive and requires periodic inspection, with a lifespan of no more than eight years. The benefits of this type of tree support is that the tree can continue to grow and build natural resilience, which will improve the tree’s overall health and safety.


Steel tree cabling is a more invasive method of tree support that involves inserting threaded, high-tensile steel rods into drilled holes through a stem or branch. Steel cables are then attached to the threaded rod, generally under a degree of tension, to stabilize the split. This prevents movement in the damaged area and is often used in conjunction with other systems such as dynamic bracing, higher up in the canopy.

Steel tree cabling is used to prolong the life of trees with very high amenity value, which need to be retained for as long as possible. The benefits of this type of tree support is that it is invasive, but it is more permanent, and it can provide immediate support to the tree. However, it must be noted that cabling cannot be easily removed, and as the tree grows, it may entirely cover the installed hardware, which makes inspection difficult.

At Tasmanian Tree Care, we have extensive experience with both steel tree cabling and dynamic tree bracing, as well as in-depth knowledge of the tree life in Hobart and Southern Tasmania. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality service and ensuring the safety of your trees and your property. If you have any concerns about the structural integrity of your trees, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of experts will be happy to provide you with a consultation and recommend the best course of action for your specific situation.


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