Bracing And Cabling

Tree breakage can occur when there are “v-crotches” present in a tree. These v-crotches are structurally weaker than a single stem because there is not as much connective tissue anchoring the stem to the tree’s trunk. The chance that the v-crotch will fail is greater when the angle is extreme.

It is recommended to buy and plant trees with single leads so that this doesn’t happen. The other option is to cut away one of the co-dominant stems as early in the tree’s life as possible. If neither one of these is an option, bracing and cabling are usually the solutions. It is very important that you have a Minneapolis tree service take care of any cutting away of co-dominant stems, as well as any bracing and cabling that needs to be done.


When multiple leaders exist in the tree, bracing rods are used. The rods can keep the leaders from moving sideways or spreading apart. The rods are also used when a branch or crotch has split. When additional support is needed, at least one cable will be used. The rods can either be bolted to the tree or threaded into the tree. The tree size, structural issues, and any decay will determine the exact configuration of the bracing.


Cabling restricts how far a branch can move in relation to the rest of the tree. Branch breakage is reduced by placing the cable across a weak crotch. Overextended branches may also be supported by cables so they will not break. There are times that a cable may be used in addition to a branch rod to provide the needed support. Once in place, the tree is more structurally sound and can better withstand its own weight and the additional strain the weather places on it.

Contact A Professional Tree Service Today

If you have a tree that contains one or more v-crotches, then it is possible that you could see breakage at some point. Storms with wind, snow, and ice are all instances in which this breakage can occur. To receive your free quote and find out what we can do to protect your tree, call us at 1-800-311-3919.