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Propping trees and branches

 

Here is a large historically-important tree (Champion Mulberry). Heroic measures are sometimes used to prop trees of high value.

 

 

A one inch thick rod was inserted into a hole drilled through the tree. The crescent shaped brace holds the rod. This minimizes the amount of hardware contacting the tree.

 

 

 

An enormous structure holding up a high value tree with a 4' trunk diameter.

 

 

 

Installing a prop system to help hold a large low limb from drooping or pulling the entire tree over. Note the branch resting on a narrow pin, not a wide strap. See detail below. Photo courtesy Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Charlotte NC.

 

 

 

 

 

Prop rests on a subteranium concrete base. See detail below. Photo courtesy Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Charlotte NC.

 

 

 

 

 

Detail of prop base showing securing mechanism. Photo courtesy Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Charlotte NC.

Branch resting on a less desireable prop with a wide surface. Branch should rest on a narrow pin instead of a wide section of metal.