Tree Support Systems

The care of structurally compromised trees in the vicinity of people and property sometimes requires the use of artificial tree support systems to manage the risk of failure of structurally compromised branches and multiple trunks.

Not all defective trees are suitable for the installation of support structures, and often pruning can rectify identified problems. Our arborists can inspect and evaluate your tree to determine the suitability and type of support appropriate for your tree.

Slings consist of a synthetic fibre cable. They that are non-invasive devices attached externally to the tree that provide a dynamic support system. Slings are intended to prevent a branch from falling should it break. Slings are flexible and shock-absorbing to allow for compensating growth of the limb or trunk.

Cables consist of high strength steel attached to bolts and installed in the upper crown of a tree. They are intended to limit the movement of the supported branches so they are less likely to fail during storms.

Braces are threaded rods that are installed through the unions of weak branches and multiple stems intended to provide rigid support from twisting forces.

Props are ground anchored support structures, designed and engineered for individual circumstances and intended to provide mechanical support to the load bearing capacity of heavily weighted and over-extended limbs.

Structural support systems should only ever be installed based on a thorough examination of the tree and recommendation by a suitably qualified arborist. Owners of trees with support systems installed should contact Logical Tree Management to inspect and assess the integrity of the system and the tree each year.