Can I tie lilac limbs together?

by Carol
I have a very healthy, mature lilac that has four main limbs. This year the limbs have begun leaning out away from each other. Is there a way I can safely tie them closer together with out damaging the tree?
  5 answers
  • Sure can, Mine did the the same thing several years ago. I used a vinyl coated steel wire with a wire clamp that I purchased at my local home center, then I purchased a few feet of rubber hose. You simply run the wire through the rubber hose that you have cut to wrap around the tree trunks to protect them from the wire, have someone push the trunks together while you put a clamp on the cable to prevent it from coming loose. I used a large rope with a loop to temporarily tie the branches then put the wire and hose on, then removed the rope. Its been working for several years without any issues.
  • Carol Carol on Aug 24, 2013
    Great information! Thank you.
  • Carol Carol on Aug 24, 2013
    Oh! I for got to ask more about the wire clamp. If that's what I ask for will someone know what I am talking about?
  • Yes, its a U shaped clamp that holds wires together. Two small nuts are used to clamp the wire so it does not move. Be sure to get vinyl covered wire though. It will prevent the wire from rusting over time and looking ugly.
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    • Carol Carol on Aug 24, 2013
      @Woodbridge Environmental This is just great, I have rope, hose and vinyl coated wire. copied a pic of the clamps for the store. I'm good to go. Thanks so much!
  • Carol Carol on Aug 24, 2013
    I need a clarification about a response. Does the wire clamp have another name?