There are two types of cabling systems for trees: static and dynamic.
Static Cabling System
A static cabling system is invasive, as it involves drilling into the tree in order to install
hardware into the trunk or limbs which will diminish the tree's ability to flex and bend with the wind. This
cabling system is very labor extensive and time consuming, which usually results in higher installation costs.
Dynamic Cabling System
A dynamic cabling system is non-invasive, i.e. there is no drilling into the tree. This
type of system allows the tree to flex freely in the wind and still have full mobility.
Dynamic cabling systems are only intended as supplemental structural support systems
for healthy trees deemed sustainable and worth preserving. This type of system, when properly
installed, should allow for at least 10 years of tree growth.
All cabling systems require regular
Before any cabling system is installed in a tree, proper pruning should be done first,
since it reduces the weight of the limbs that are to be cabled. Proper pruning also eliminates limbs or
branches that would interfere with the overall operation of the installation itself.
When Cabling installations require that the tree be climbed, it should only be climbed
Trees which are possible candidates for cabling:
Trees with co-dominant stems
Trees with split crotches
Limbs posing a threat to structures
Limbs or branches bearing excessive weight
Trees of monetary value or historical significance
If a tree has been deemed hazardous, a cabling system will not make the tree safe.