Monday, April 18, 2016

Going Nuts: How to Repair a Split Branch

Last summer I noticed that my beloved Red bud was in need of some TLC: its branching off bough had a large crack in it. I knew it had to be fixed. So I googled "how to fix a split branch."

I would've never guessed that you can repair a broken tree branch with nuts and bolts, but apparently it's a common practice. Here's what my husband and I did:

  • drilled holes--as close to the split as possible--through both branches growing out of the bough 
  • hammered a threaded rod through the holes
  • put washers and nuts on both ends of the threaded rod
  • tightened up the nuts with an adjustable wrench
  • trimmed the ends of the threaded rod using a saw
  • hung a wind-chime on one end
  • hoped for the best

I'm very happy to report the mended bough is doing fine, and the Red bud's blooming nicely.
So if you ever need to repair a broken branch, try bolting it together -- it just might work.

Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer (aka Happy)


  1. I never would have guessed it.thank-you for sharing and what a gorgeous tree!