Michigan trees are part of the northern charm that we pride ourselves in as Michiganders. There are a number of ways we choose to care for our trees. With Images Landscaping, we are always looking for the best way to provide care for your unique tree and shrub care needs.
Trees are an important part of our landscapes. When we plant them we plant them with the intention that they will be there for generations to come. But sometimes, the forces of nature can cause trees to grow at awkward angles or lean dangerously over buildings and other structures. This can leave the trees weak and susceptible to storms, heavy winds, and snow. Unfortunately, when trees become too dangerous we have to remove them out of safety to others.
Often, this fix falls under tree cabling or tree pruning. These two services are sometimes used interchangeably, although, they are two different services that are performed at two different times for two different reasons. Images Landscaping wants to stress the particulars between these two services by walking our clients through the process of both.
Sometimes our trees can grow out of control and by the time you notice it the tree is much too big to do anything about it. Tree cabling is the use of steel cables to help stabilize or redirect the growth of the tree or a limb. One end of the cable is anchored to the problem area while the other end is anchored to a sturdier part of the tree to help support it. Over time these cables can be ratcheted tighter and tighter to force the tree to grow in a certain direction.
One of the worries that come with tree cabling is that it takes away from the natural look of the tree. Cables are installed high up in the tree and during the spring and summer can be difficult to see from the ground. If you aren’t there watching the cable being installed, you might not even notice it was there.
Just to recap, here are the reasons for and benefits of tree cabling:
Pruning is removing and adjusting branches according to the tree’s needs. It’s more common than tree cabling and more people are able to determine when tree pruning needs to be done on their own. Each time a branch is removed, raised, or otherwise adjusted within the pruning process, it can and often will change the future growth pattern of the tree.
Every move made in pruning needs to be done with intent and follow these guidelines:
While pruning certainly can reduce the chances of limb failure and should always be considered first, cabling is recommended for supplemental support in limbs where pruning may be less effective, or when the consequences of limb failure are property damage or health risks.
Tree cabling is a very dangerous and scientific process that requires the knowledge and skills of a trained arborist. The first thing they will do is assess the tree to determine the best way to approach the problem. When the appropriate limbs are located, the arborist will drill a hole into the trunk or limb and insert a steel cable. The cable will be attached to another anchor point to support the tree. The cable is then tightened with a ratchet or come along to pull the limbs closer. You should call an arborist at least once a year to adjust the tension on the tree.
If you have a tree that is growing in an awkward or dangerous way then call the professionals at our company. You can’t go wrong with tree care services from Images Landscaping.