Cabling is a technique used by arborists to give trees structural support when full limb removal may not be in the best interests of a tree's health.

Benefits of cabling include:

  • Secures heavy limbs that have weak branch attachment
  • Minimizes the need for heavy pruning on older trees, as this could put the tree into rapid decline.
  • Supports potentially dangerous limbs during high winds and heavy ice and snow.

Cabling and bracing are not a permanent solution and should be inspected every two to five years for possible deterioration or changes in the tree's condition. It is best to have pruning done in conjunction with tree bracing and cabling to minimize potential failure and improve the overall integrity of the tree.