Coast Live Oak Cabling Installed in Montecito


Mature Oak Tree in Montecito Needs Some Support

Branch Out Tree Care installed a second non-invasive cabling system to a tree associated with the original Hixon Ranch established in 1884 making the oak tree at least 130 years old.  The Hixon Ranch was separated into smaller residential houses many retaining their 19th Century style including some magnificent coast live oaks.  As these oaks mature they need some tender care to keep them alive, healthy and not posing a risk to the surrounding houses.

History of Branch Failure

This specific coast live oak had recently suffered a limb drop probably due to water stress, high temperatures and a small amount of internal wood rot.  The property owner however was very attached to the tree and felt removal was not an option.  Branch Out Tree Care examined the tree and determined while the tree did pose a risk for future failure, the tree could have cabling installed and branch end weight reduced to have the risk of damage to structure reduced.  The branches might still fail but they would fall on landscaping.


Proper Time to Trim?

Many homeowners think that the middle of the summer is not the time to trim.  Not so.  Actually with the Santa Barbara area experiencing a drought now is the best time to remove deadwood, damaged branches or unwanted growth so the trees don’t have to use internal resources to support these unnecessary plant parts.


To Keep Or Not To Keep? – That Is The Question

What if you have a favorite tree, oak tree or not, that is an important part of your landscape?  Unless a tree is in imminent danger of failing onto a high-risk area (home, car parking area, children’s play area, etc.) there are ways to reduce the risk potential; trimming, branch removal, cabling, or branch support.  Removal is the only way to reduce the risk completely, however Branch Out Tree Care can work with you to make you feel safe and keep your trees.

Non-Invasive Cabling Systems

Most cabling systems are installed using drilled in lag bolts or through bolts installed into the wood of the tree and connected using metal cables.  While this is and tried and true method of cabling, oak trees do not always respond well to the wounds created by drilling.


Non-invasive cabling systems use slings for attachment to branches and both dynamic and static cabling.  No drilling required and the system can be expanded or tightened as needed.


Let us know how we can help support and care for your trees!