Cabling trees is a less common, but still important practice that can sometimes be used to address a problem where a structural weakness has been identified. Cables may be used just for additional peace of mind where large tree limbs hang over valuable property. Cables are effective only if properly installed using the necessary hardware. We use high-strength steel cables, forged eye bolts, thimbles, and specially designed connections. Usually they are placed high in the tree for the greatest advantage and are hardly even noticeable from the ground.
Bracing is an even less common, but sometimes warranted practice. A steel rod is used to add strength to a weak connection, usually where a tree is in danger of splitting in two. It is just as important to understand the limitations of cabling and bracing as it is to know of their advantages.