Take On The Role Of A Contractor In Your Home

As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.

Should You Cable Or Stake Your Trees?


Healthy trees are strong and can withstand much of what nature throws at them. But even those healthy trees have weaker points that need reinforcement to ensure the trees don't fall over in the wind. Whether you've got new saplings in your yard or have an old, venerable tree that you don't want cracking during strong storms, you've got to do something to protect their structural integrity. Two options are cabling and staking. They work for many trees, but only in certain circumstances. If you try them at other times, you could end up harming the tree instead.

What Are Cabling and Staking?

Cabling is a way of holding up weaker branches by attaching cables between them in the crown of the tree. Bolts are driven into sturdier sections of the tree, and cables are strung between those bolts. Cabling is often used with trees of historical value or that are generally healthy but somewhat structurally weak. You can't justify removing the tree or hacking off all the branches, but you know that they need a little extra help.

Staking is when you tie a tree to a stake in order to keep the tree upright. It's done with newly planted trees and saplings; a stake is placed in the ground an inch or so from the trunk, and a tie placed around the trunk to keep the two together.

When to Stake or Cable

Typically, only younger trees are staked and for two good reasons. One, it's generally hard to stake a large tree; if the trunk of a large tree is so unstable that it needs to be tied to something to stay upright, then the tree needs to be removed.

The other reason is that staking trees for too long actually harms their ability to be more flexible. Staking happens for maybe a year or so, so if you've got a new sapling, stake away -- but if you've got a tree that's been in your yard for a few years now, staking would not help, and could easily lead to girdling damage as the tree's trunk grew around the tie material.

Cabling is preferable to trimming when the dangers facing the branches of the tree are along the lines of the branch weighing a lot, but not necessarily being damaged to the point of falling off. These types of branches are healthy, but they are heavy or have weak junctions with the trunk, so a strong storm could cause them to break off.

If you're not sure if the trees you have need to be cabled, staked, or otherwise treated, call a tree service. The arborists with the tree service can evaluate the tree and proceed with whatever remedies will keep the tree in as good a shape as possible. For more information, contact a company like Pete & Ron's Tree Service, Inc. today.


26 November 2018