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Tree Cabling &
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What Are Tree Cabling and Bracing Systems?

Tree cabling and bracing add structural support to trees that have become weakened over time. These techniques are best utilized when regular maintenance, such as pruning or trimming, are not viable options. Cabling and bracing are designed to strengthen structural integrity of a tree and guide future growth to prevent total tree failure, as well as damage to persons or property.

Cabling involves the use of high-strength steel cables that are bolted directly to the tree. These cables are meant to support the canopy of the tree by redistributing the weight of the branches for a studier tree overall. There are two types of cabling used by arborists: dynamic and static. Dynamic cabling allows more natural movement than static cabling does. For this reason, Local Arborist primarily chooses to employ dynamic cabling solutions. Static cabling, on the other hand, provides rigidity where movement would be detrimental. The static systems may be necessary for situations where the damage is extreme.

With bracing, rigid rods are bolted to the tree to reinforce weakened areas. Bracing rods are most often used in conjunction with cabling systems to provide the most comprehensive support for structurally compromised trees.

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Benefits of Cabling and Bracing

Maintaining beautiful, mature trees is undoubtedly an immeasurable asset to your Toronto property, whether residential or commercial. Trees improve the curb appeal, increase overall property value, and provide protective qualities. When the health and structural integrity of a tree becomes compromised, so too do all those assets. Cabling and bracing systems offer many benefits to weakened trees.

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When Should Cabling and Bracing Be Used?

Co-dominant Stems

Co-dominant Stems

Cabling and bracing can be used to hold weak codominant stems together and reduce the likelihood of failure because of this defect.

Bark Inclusion

Bark Inclusion

Bark Inclusion often results when branches (or stems) grow too close together. Bark grows around the area as an attempt to heal itself. Unfortunately, bark is not as strong as healthy wood and any pressure placed on the branches increases the risk of splitting. Cabling and bracing systems can be installed to strengthen the joints and prevent limb failure.



In days of old, concerning tree cavities were often filled with cement. Today, bracing is used to support the tree and restore structural stability.

Many Gnarled Limbs Of Old Oak Against The Sky

Overextended Limbs

As trees naturally grow, there are limbs that can become overextended. These branches are particularly susceptible to splitting and cracking. Cabling reduces the risk of limb failure.

An Evergreen Tree Is Falling Down In A Front Yard

Visibly Leaning Trunks & Partial Root Uplifting

bling and bracing systems can help stabilize a tree that is leaning or experience partial root uplifting near ground level.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Tree Cabling in Toronto?
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How Much Does It Cost to Install Tree Cabling and Bracing?

The cost of establishing an adequate cabling and bracing system depends on a variety of factors. The size of the tree, the complexity of the issue (i.e. major cracks, large cavities etc.), and the type of system required all impact the final price. You can generally expect to pay somewhere between $300 and $600 for the initial installation of quality structural support for your tree. It is important to keep in mind, though, that cabling and bracing systems require yearly maintenance. Additionally, it is recommended that cabling and bracing systems be inspected approximately every 7-10 years. For a more accurate estimate it is best to contact a qualified arborist to assess your specific situation. We offer free consultations for cabling and bracing services in Toronto.

If you have a tree that looks like it needs a little bit of help, contact Local Arborist today. Our dedicated team of professionals will provide a complimentary inspection of your tree and recommend the perfect solution.

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Important Questions to Ask Before Considering Cabling and Bracing

Is cabling and bracing the best option?

When a tree shows signs of damage, cabling and bracing may be an option to consider but it is not always going to be the perfect solution to your tree’s problems. Sometimes the severity of structural damage is too great, and removal may be the more practical option. There also needs to be a sufficient amount of sound wood for cables and braces to be anchored to. Local Arborist can perform an assessment on your tree and help you decide if investing in cabling and bracing is the most appropriate option for your situation.

What happens if cabling and bracing do not solve the problem at hand?

Cabling and bracing are not a guaranteed remedy for structurally compromised trees. While properly installed cabling and bracing systems are generally expected to extend the life of a tree by up to 15 years, there is still a possibility that failure may occur.

Is tree cabling and bracing a worthwhile investment?

Cabling and bracing are generally effective techniques to extend the life of a damaged or otherwise structurally compromised tree. While the investment can be great, the benefits of saving your tree may be greater.

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Excellent and knowledgeable service. Good cleanup after job was finished. Courteous and friendly.
Lorne Brown
Marian was very prompt in his response to our request for a quote and then again in scheduling the service. His team pruned a number of trees on our property and took down another. They also performed a deep fertilization of a large tree that has been struggling. Marian and his team are top notch. They arrived on time and the work was done very professionally. The property was cleaned so impeccably you would have never known they were there other than seeing the results. Would highly recommend!!
Marion Quinlan
Fast work, professionally quality and a reasonable price. What more can you ask for? Would be happy to bring them back anytime to do more work.
Steve Alotsky
All of of you guys were great. From the first contact to when the last leaf left my property. Everyone was more that perfessional. You answered every question I had and gave wonderful advice. The guys who took the tree down, went above and beyond when I asked them to cut sections of the trunk for me. It was completed unbelievably quick and you left my backyard spotless. I would recommend you to everyone.
eileen hodson
Local Arborist is a very professional and knowledgeable company. Marian looked at my Honey Locust tree and explained in detail how they were going to prune the tree and why they were proceeding in the manner that they did. The arborists did a thorough job and only stopped working when everything was complete, including cleaning up. This unlike another company, where the employees stopped working when the time on the watch showed them was time to stop. I highly recommend Local Arborist. Mary-Anne, Milton May 2024.
Mary-Anne Grist
Great professional service with reasonable quotes! Had a pretty big silver maple in my backyard, taking most of the space and blocking sunlight. With Marian's team's help, I got the permit around one month, and had it removed within one day, including full site cleanup, which is beyond my expectation. Highly recommended.
Marion and his team were not only reasonably priced, but super courteous and helpful. They cut an extra branch (diff tree) for me and cleaned up the whole work area without being asked. Highly recommend.
Kristen Ede
This is a most reliable, amazing company to deal with. They are prompt, efficient, and highly professional. I would give them 10 stars , if it was possible.
Sorel Park
Kudos to the Marian’s team! The team has done an amazing job in pruning my pine tree today. My pine tree is over 70 feet and is slanted with branches heavier on one side. At my first contact with Marian, he provided me with a thorough explanation on the condition of my tree and laid out the pruning options. He is very knowledgeable and genuine in the conversation. Above all, he is not pushy at all on the job. After the pruning, the tree is thinned out to lift off some weight on the slanted side. The execution is well planned and thoughtful. Initially I was worried the tree would look bare, indeed the team knows the best to balance between health and aesthetic. The team is very careful with the cuts and since a lot of the work are done on my neighbour’s property, they did a thorough clean up after work too and my neighbour is very satisfied. Thank you so much guys, my tree looks healthier now and it opens up my yard too with more sunlight shining through the pines.
May Wong
Thank you Marion, your team did a great job at my residence. I would highly recommend your services to anyone.
David Spagnolo

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Why Local Arborist?

Local Arborist is your team of tree care experts, proudly serving Toronto and the GTA. We specialize in tree care, tree maintenance, and tree removal services for commercial and residential properties. With safety at the forefront of all we do, you can trust Local Arborist to deliver professional and high-quality workmanship.

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Marian Shuflin

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