For this Spring season, give your children the gift of their very own tree swing! The great news is that it is easy to do, so long as you select the proper species of tree for the job. Not only should the tree be structured properly to house a seated wing, it should also be sturdy enough to support the weight of your kids when they play, which means you need a mature tree with strong roots.
Continue reading to learn which tree species are recommended for seated tree swings, as well as, some tips that will ensure you build yours safely and securely.
Trees for Swings
Your first priority when choosing a tree in your yard for a seated swing is species. You must choose the proper species since not all trees are designed to hold weight and routine tampering. Recommended trees include oaks, maples, sycamores, hornbeams, beeches, willows, spruces, and poplars. But keep in mind that tree species is only part of the selection process. You must also choose the right type of tree. Not only do you want to choose a tree that has a higher canopy so that branches and limbs are not an issue, you want to select a tree that is mature and has the right structure for a swing.
Look for a mature tree, between 10 and 15 years old, to hang your swing from. Mature trees have stronger root systems, which means they are less prone to uprooting or falling, and can support extra weight (between 60 and 70 pounds). Also, you want the tree to be healthy, free of disease, and in an area that is not located near any potential hazards or obstructions. Basically, you want a clear perimeter around your tree, or at least in the trajectory and landing zone of the swing, of 6 feet or more.
Lastly, you want to select a tree that has the right branch structure. Although you might be looking for the straightest or flattest limb, you really want to look for the sturdiest. You can always adjust the swing straps to the height of the limb above if it is not even. You want the branch to be able to support at least 60 or 70 pounds, or the average weight of your children.
Tips and Tricks for Hanging a Tree Swing
✏ The swing should be at least 6 feet away from the trunk of the tree for safety and function.
✏ For the wooden seat, choose cedar or redwood to avoid wood rot.
✏ The seat should be between 15 and 25 inches long, and 10 to 12 inches wide.
✏ Sand the edges of the wooden seat to prevent scrapes and splinters.
✏ Only trust a level to ensure the seat is balanced and even.
✏ If you are using a tire, rather than a seat, be sure to drill some holes in it to avoid water accumulation.
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