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What makes tree bracing such a vital garden procedure?
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The skills and techniques used when having to brace tree in the gardens is a specialised job that is within the expertise offered by Western Australian arborists and should not be attempted by the average gardener. Because trees will sometimes grow in a way where they cannot support their own weight bracing the tree becomes vital. This phenomenon is usually seen in trees that has multiple trunks in maturity as well as some of the species with huge open canopies. When one of these branches become unable to support itself and break extensive damage to property and other garden plants can be caused.


Using tree care specialists with a reputation of care to handle this delicate task of tree bracing is extremely important to ensure the continued health and beauty of the tree. The arborist will use cables and bracing rods to support and assist the troubled sections of the tree. Before the installation of these rods and cables the arborist will have to prune the tree to ease the stress on the affected portions of the tree. The main function of the bracing rods is to support weak branches that could potentially become a hazard.


The other functions of cables installed by the arborist when doing tree bracing is to provide a means for the tree to redistribute the load and make the other limbs of the tree support each other. This is very evident in tree producing lots of fruit on an already weak section of the tree. The additional weight if not properly support can easily break. At times where the trunks or some of the branches is split a skilful combination of cables and bracing rods installed by the certified arborist can rectify the problem.


The use of tree bracing is very evident as an effective support technique in assisting or rectifying the natural angles of a tree during its growth phase. Branches have a tendency to form either V-shaped or U-shaped as young growing trees. The v-shaped branches have an increased load and its shape makes them more prone to breaking under stress or load. Load could imply winds, fruit, seeds or even foliage become wet and heavy.


Cabling in tree bracing can be used to support branches of trees with huge canopies and branches that start grown on the same horizontal level as the canopy. The branches may get a natural drooping appearance and with each year’s growth adding more weight this could causes breakage. The alternatives is removing or pulling the branches up with cabling by the arborist. Using cables is more suitable that the physical removal of the branches that could make the appearance of the tree in the garden look out of place.


Multi-trunk species are much more problematic than single trunk trees as each trunk is in direct competition to each sibling trunks for space in the canopy. The use of cabling and bracing rods is extremely tree and species specific which requires the extensive knowledge of certified and trained arborists to handle tree bracing effectively.