The weakest part of healthy trees and shrubs is usually where similar sized branches or stems join. If “codominant stems” are not well connected, breakage will often occur there with the onset of ice, snow or high winds. Brace rods and/or cables are commonly installed in large trees with a high rate of success. However, until now, and effective system did not exist to support smaller trees and shrubs.
Small trees or larger shrubs can’t support the anchoring eyebolts typically used in traditional cabling and bracing. This limits the installation of cables for small sized branches. Thus, many valuable ornamental trees were eliminated as candidates for cabling.
For these trees, a smaller cable system that eliminates eyebolts and screw eyes all together is the ideal solution. The cable is installed directly through branches and fastened to the outside of the branch with a tightly fastened metal ring called a swage stop. This allows drilling of a much smaller hole through the branch, enabling to installation of cables in smaller trees.
Cabling should be considered for any large shrubs or smaller trees damaged by storms or harsh weather. And remember, preventive installation will decrease damage from future storms.
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