Olympic Foothills Tree Cable Installation
Last Fall we were presented with a challenging, yet fairly common problem: Our clients were concerned about the risk a 75’ Maple tree posed to their house, but at the same time they appreciated the tree’s unique structure and heritage. The tree was clearly healthy, but lacked protection from the high winds that funneled down the mountain valley directly toward the house. Barring removal, one solution would have been to top the tree at a height that would put the house outside of the tree’s striking distance. However, this is generally considered a poor practice due to tree health and structural consequences. After much deliberation the clients were beginning to come to terms with the idea of the tree being gone.
Recognizing the intrinsic value of this tree, we came up with an inovative solution that would keep the tree fully intact and healthy, while minimizing risk to the home and homeowners. We found a device called a non-invasive cable that can be installed in a tree and then run to a suitable anchor on the ground, in this a case a couple of stout Cedar trees.
The cable is rated at 40kN tensile strength and has an indicator to show if the system has ever neared its breaking point. It is also easily adjustable to allow for future expansion of the tree’s trunk, eliminating the problem of girdling. The clients considered this to be a viable solution and were very happy with the results, noting that in addition to preserving the tree and protecting the house the system was hardly noticeable. What’s more, it ended up being more cost effective than a complete removal.