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Re: Non invasive cable brace

Subject: Re: Non invasive cable brace
From: Scott Cullen
Date: Dec 21 2006 17:42:25
OK, I undertsand your point now.  Do you recall in the walnut cabling 
actualli initiated the decay?  Or was there evidence the decay pre-existed 
and the hardware installation allowed it to spread?

The real point is how long the cabling extended the life of the tree.  If a 
non-invasive brace extends it longer at an acceptable cost it is - in those 
repects anyway - superior.  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jerry Ross 
  To: UK Tree Care 
  Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2006 12:00 PM
  Subject: Re: Non invasive cable brace

  On the other hand, the point I was trying to make about decay-prone 
  species was not that one should anticipate decay by bracing, but that 
  drilling holes will CAUSE (or rather permit) decay.  In those cases I'd 
  certainly agree that non-invasive is better. I remember taking down a 
  Walnut with three cables fitted and at each bolt insertion there was 
  bark death and decay, with one branch having broken at that point...  
  (And as far as I recall, that was a case where the tree's original 
  structure wasn't such that the braces were needed in the first place. 
  The cabling had actually caused its demise!)

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