Whatcom Tree Service provides a wide variety of tree care, including trimming, maintenance, and removal. Another thing we can help you determine is whether or not your trees require any kind of supplemental support to help it maintain structural integrity. Cabling and staking are two common types of tree support that can help to keep your trees healthy and safe.

Cabling is used when there is a danger of branches falling due to the characteristics of your tree. One such example is codominant stems, when a “v” is present where the trunk splits into two major stems where there should be just one. This results in two much smaller trunks supporting the weight of more limbs than their size can allow. Structural failure can lead to damage, injury, or even death. By connecting the two stems with segments of steel cable, they can be reinforced to avoid such an outcome. Cabling can also keep large limbs that extend horizontally from breaking away from the trunk.

Staking is used to help trees grow tall and straight, but the practice is employed more often than it should be. In general, healthy trees require no staking. Wind may blow young trees back and forth, but this action usually serves to strengthen the roots that hold it in place. Staking may be useful in cases where a tree’s root system is unhealthy or underdeveloped. Cables are connected from the trunk to stakes placed at a uniform distance from the tree. Because the tree continues to grow, stakes and cables must be constantly monitored and adjusted to avoid causing any damage to the tree as it changes in size and shape.

Before undertaking any cabling or staking of your trees, it’s always best to seek the expert help of a trusted tree care provider. We have a long history of serving residents of Whatcom County, helping to keep their trees happy, healthy, and safe. If you think one or more of your trees may be a candidate for cabling or staking, contact Whatcom Tree Service today!