CABLING and BRACING
Installing steel cables between major limbs reduces strain and helps support the tree. Cabling also helps reduce stress damage to those trees that are particularly susceptible to high winds and excess weight caused by ice and or snow accumulation. For large, weak, or split crotches, bracing is used to give direct support and reduce twisting strain on the tree.
A metal rod is inserted through the crotch, and two more cables are placed above it. The combined use of these preventive practices, can go a long way to reduce potential storm damage.