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    Sometimes a tree will need extra support to help ensure its health and safety. Tree cabling is the installation of flexible cables to reduce damage from stress and can help promote structural integrity. Cable installation is a tedious process that takes precision and skill. As an ISA Certified Arborist, Jake’s goal is to help strengthen trees to improve longevity and safety. He is knowledgeable regarding the correct hardware to use and how that hardware will interact with the tree itself.



    TREES BY JAKE will provide all necessary hardware to cable or brace a tree. All cabling hardware that we use is galvanized and weather-resistant.

    Cabling may be recommended for trees with large canopies, trees with codominant stems, and trees prone to vertical splitting and can be an alternative to the removal of large stems.  Typically, these types of trees are susceptible to having a weak spot at the union of multiple large stems or trunks.  As each stem or trunk competes for canopy space, the tree grows away from the middle creating a weak spot resulting in uneven weight distribution.  Installing a cable can provide support between 2 or more stems or trunks and when done correctly, may prolong the life of a tree by redistributing structural stress.

    As an ISA Certified Arborist, Jake will never install a cable by wrapping it around a stem or trunk.  If a cable is wrapped around a stem or trunk, eventually, the tree will grow over the cable creating an additional weak spot undermining the entire purpose of the cable.

    Bracing provides for the alignment or realignment of a tree (usually a young tree).  When this process is done improperly, it can cause long-term damage such as susceptibility to structural weakness.  Jake knows how to brace a tree to provide proper protection and encourage growth and strong structure.

    TREES BY JAKE will provide all necessary hardware to cable or brace a tree.  All cabling hardware that we use is galvanized and weather-resistant; however, annual inspection is recommended to ensure proper support.

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    Cabling can only be done on healthy trees and cannot be used to keep unhealthy and dying trees from falling over. The installation of cables can reduce the likelihood of a structural failure. One of the most common structural defects found in trees is codominant stems where 2 or more stems share a single base. Trees with codominant stems present a higher risk of failure because of the split between the branch unions. Each trunk competes for canopy space and the limbs and foliage grow away from the center of the trunk resulting in uneven weight distribution.

    Leaning trees may also benefit from a cable installation. Most trees have a slight lean and while a tree’s roots will usually adjust, if a tree is leaning more than usual or the soil around the tree is cracked, the tree may have a serious structural issue that may require cabling. Trees with cracks, broken or sagging branches, or trees with exaggerated swaying during winds may also benefit from extra support.

    The most common cable installation is the simple or direct cable—one cable between two limbs. Sometimes, a tree will require more than one cable. If the cable has too much slack or is pulled too tight or is not installed correctly, damage, such as girdling (the complete removal or a strip of bark), can result. Installing a cable is a tedious process that takes precision and skill and a Certified Arborist will know where and how to properly position the cable.


    Cabling can help a healthy tree maintain its long-term health and structural integrity by preventing property damage or personal injury. Cables can also be used to help restore a tree after it has been damaged by a storm or construction. When installing a cable, it is important that the cable’s pull is in direct line with the weak point to provide the most amount of structural support. Once a cable is installed, it reallocates stress among connected branches while still allowing for natural movement and swaying. While cabling cannot guarantee that a tree will not break or split, it can certainly decrease the risk.


    Maintenance following the installation of cables is minimal, but you should keep an eye out for broken or hanging limbs, slack in the cable, fraying, and animal nests near the cable. Cable hardware is subject to the elements and the normal movement of branches can also cause wear and tear so the cable system should be inspected annually by a Certified Arborist.


    Cabling may be recommended for trees with large canopies, trees with codominant stems, and trees prone to vertical splitting and can be an alternative to the removal of large stems.


    What is tree cabling?

    Tree cabling is a support system involving the installation of flexible steel strands to reduce stress on a tree. When a tree has a structural defect or condition that poses a high risk of property damage or injury a supplemental support system can help reduce risk. A cable is installed in the upper canopy of a tree by drilling holes slightly bigger than the cable into the tree to insert the cable between two limbs. The cable is then secured using special tools to keep it tight.

    What is the cost of cabling or bracing?

    The cost of cabling or bracing depends on a variety of factors, including the size and location of the tree and the extent of work done.  It is best to have Jake, a Tulsa ISA Certified Arborist come and take a look and provide an estimate.

    How do I know if my tree needs or should have a cable installed?

    Trees with poor growth patterns at the base of the stem or multiple stems, such as trees with codominant stems, should be evaluated for a cable installation.

    Is cable installation harmful to the tree?

    No.  If done correctly, the installation of a cable will not harm the tree.  It is extremely important to use a Tulsa ISA Certified Arborist like Jake to perform a cable installation as improper cable installation can have a negative effect on the tree.

    Should i have my tree trimmed before a cable is installed?

    We do recommend that prior to installing a cable, the tree is trimmed.  Reducing the weight on the stems can help reduce the amount of tension on the cable and help increase its effectiveness.

    How long does a cable installation last?

    The time it takes to install a cable depends on a variety of factors, including the size and location of the tree, as well as the extent of cabling that is done.  Trees that need to be climbed or are less accessible by equipment will typically take longer.


    Contact TREES BY JAKE, a Tulsa tree cabling service, to see if your trees can benefit from cabling.  As a Certified Arborist, Jake’s goal is to strengthen weak branches to improve longevity and reduce potential risk.  We use modern techniques when installing a cable and provide all necessary hardware.  Call or text us today at 918-500-9955 and check us out on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

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