July 18, 2013
Brace rods to support a cracked tree trunk (2004-2013)
The first two photos are of me back in 2004 installing brace rods to support the main trunk of the tree where it was very much split apart. (For you climbers out there, don't judge me too harshly on the Blake's Hitch! I hadn't graduated to my Lockjack yet.) You can't really tell from the photos, but the split was there, and there was active movement. I installed two support cables in the upper canopy, and then installed three brace rods to stabilize the crotch union.
Unfortunately, the tree was a very large... Ash.
Earlier this year I went to my friend's house for a fish fry and took the third picture. What I was happy to see was that the crack had actually begun to close over! What hurt was that all that is left of this 90' Ash was pretty much what you see in the photo. The canopy has been totally removed as the tree was stone dead due to Emerald Ash Borer.
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