The time to use a brace rod is when there is a separation in your tree that could result in damage. V-shaped and U-shaped crotches between tree branches drive trees to split in the middle. Using a brace rod in your tree can elongate the life of the tree and mitigate risk from damaging your house or car with heavy branches.
How it starts
It can be at the beginning of the tree’s life when two stems are growing close together. As they continue to grow, they can push apart and create a weak point that is susceptible to failure. In the tree canopy where the tree begins to widen, bracing can be needed to keep branches from widening out, breaking, and falling.
Being able to brace a problematic branch can save you from having to remove it keeping the tree in better aesthetic shape and saving you some money.
Have concerns about your tabebuia tree?
Tabebuia trees are often seen in spring with bright yellow or pink flowers. It can also be called the trumpet tree and comes in many colors. As this kind of tree grows, it is common for it to branch out and widen. They can become susceptible to splitting if not prevented. After splitting, if the split is not bad, most of the time it can be salvaged and set back up for many years of healthy growth.
How it works
In the scenario that two trunk-like branches are growing away from each other in a ‘v’ shape, a certified arborist will use a special tool to drill a hole through both of the branches and insert a metal rod. At the end of the rod, a washer and nut will be used to keep the branches from getting farther apart. Limiting movement as well during strong wind.
Don’t remove a tree or take off an entire branch if it is not necessary. First, have a Certified Arborist look it over to see if bracing could be right for you. Your tree could live longer and look better with proper bracing done by a professional.
Thinking of removing a tree to limit risk? Call a Certified Master Arborist to have your trees assessed and see what preservation options are available to you.