Peter Becker: Hello! I'm Peter Becker on behalf of TCIA with you today to explain the use of supplemental support systems that arborists use in trees.
Some of the primary reasons why we use supplemental support system are to limit branch movement, protect branch architecture, and support weight. There are mainly four different types of supplemental support systems that an arborist uses in tree care. One of the common ones that we generally use would be cabling of branch parts or leaders. This typically is done where there's a codominant branch that might be weak or split and the supplemental support system is installed in the tree and the branch parts.
Another common one that we use is bracing of trees. Bracing, generally is used where a fracture occurs in the stem or a branch and there's braces that are done with hardware into the stem in the wood of the tree.
Another common one is guying of trees, which typically is done for new transplants or trees that might be partially uprooted and the final area of supplemental would be prop which might be used on an important long horizontal limb to provide additional supplemental support. Most of these systems are installed with specifications that the arborist develops with the client and periodically those systems should be inspected as the arborist works with their client on their property.
Supplemental support systems are designed, installed, and specified by arborists to protect the value and safety of your trees and property.