Tree brace using ropes tied around three trees.

Ottawa Tree Cabling

Ottawa’s weather can be extreme and unpredictable, leading to damage to your home’s or businesses trees. If your tree is damaged or weakened but does not need to be removed, tree cabling and bracing might be the best choice to help your trees recover, protect them from further damage, and protect the people and property surrounding them. In Ottawa, trees often need cabling after:

  • High winds: Trees are often damaged by the force of strong winds, leading to broken branches and even trunks
  • Heavy snow: The heavy weight of snow on tree branches can stress trees to the point of breaking.
  • Ice build up: Like with snow, ice can build up on your trees branches leading to damage under its weight

Cabling is done by installing flexible steel cables and braces to reduce stress damage to your tree due to high winds, the weight of snow, or ice build ups on your trees. Expert arborists know exactly how to diagnose whether or not a tree needs to be cabled and how to install them. If you have a tree you think might need cabling, call Croft Tree Experts today for a free quote.

Why Get Tree Cabling in Ottawa

Trees are large and can cause significant damage to the area surrounding them. And while sometimes you can spot a dangerous tree, weak limbs aren’t alway obvious. Expert arborists know how to spot hard to find weak areas and how to reinforce them if the need be. The experts at Croft Tree can assess whether your tree is weak and in need of cabling by finding weak points, examining bark, and identifying other signals of weakness. Tree cabling is done for:

  • Prevention: Tree cabling is done as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of breakage or failure in a healthy tree with potentially weak unions or crotches.
  • Preservation: If a tree is damaged or weak and you want to preserve it , tree cabling can help you preserve it.
  • Protection: If you have a tree in a potentially high risk area such as a high traffic area or where it could potentially damage a home, cabling is used to prevent damage and accidents

Cabling is done in a very subtle and in most cases unnoticeable manner, protecting your trees while also maintaining their aesthetic appeal. If your trees need tree cabling, contact the pros at Croft Tree Experts today.

Tree service worker in safety equipment adjusting his rope while working on a tree.


Does cabling hurt a tree?

Tree cabling is meant to add extra support to a tree and help it grow stronger. That being said, if tree cabling is done improperly, it can actually further injure a tree and increase the risk of it dying. That is why it is important to have a certified arborist who is trained in the best tree cabling practices take care of it for you.

How can I tell if a tree needs cabling?

It can be hard to tell if a tree needs cabling if you don’t know what to look for. It is important to have a certified arborist inspect the tree to see if it could benefit from cabling. If you have a tree that is very old and looking damaged, contact us to take a look and see if cabling is the right solution.

Can tree cabling fix a dying tree?

Tree cabling is meant to fixed damaged trees and trees with weak points that are likely to break in extreme weather. These trees are usually still relatively healthy. If a tree is dying, and has lost more than half of its canopy, then the tree is already too far gone and should be removed.

How long do cables need to stay on a tree?

Cables can physically last for up to 50 years, however a tree will outgrow a cabling system in around 10 years. If cabling is still needed, the system will need to be replaced. To determine how long a cabling system needs to be used on a tree, a certified arborist will need to inspect the tree on a yearly basis. Only they can determine whether a tree still needs cables or if they can be removed.

What types of tree cabling are there?

There are two types of tree cabling: static and dynamic.

Static cabling systems are comprised of steel cables and hardware fixed into the tree itself. This type of system offers rigid support for a tree and is better used on trees which are at much higher risk of limbs breaking.

Dynamic cabling systems use composite ropes which are wrapped around tree limbs. It is a non-invasive system since nothing has to be installed directly into the tree. This type of cabling system provides added support to the tree and also allows it to move naturally in the wind.

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