One of the many pleasures of being friends with a Rochester Arborist is learning the various ways to enjoy trees and quality time outdoors. Few things are as pleasurable as a good back and forth on a well-built tree swing. Here we’ll show you what to look for when picking the best trees for swings.
Maintenance and Species Matter
Some trees aren’t up for the task. Sycamore and oak trees are common and typically dependable for this job. You want to avoid poplar, willow, or spruce trees. Also, a tree’s health and size is as important as the tree type.
Location, location, location
Our second consideration is location. The tree you’re thinking about has to be far enough away from your home, the street, and other trees.
What’s Going On (Around and Near My Tree)?
To safeguard against disaster, you will want a clearance space of at least 10 feet in the back of the swing and 12 in the front of the swing. The area must be rock-free, root-free, and large roots-free.
A vital point to consider when picking the best tree is its age. Even though a tree swing can be used by people of practically any age, the age of tree having that swing should be a more constructive range. When it comes to the tree you select, you want the strength of a mature tree that is still relatively young.
Even though we’ve talked about the beauty and value of low-hung branches, when it comes to hanging your swing, you want the opposite. When you jump off that swing, it’s the ground you should meet and not another limb. The best trees to use for swings have thick, strong, high branches that clear the ground no less than seven feet. The tree itself must be straight and tall.
Once you’ve categorized the trees you believe works well for your swing, get some professional advice from your favorite Rochester Tree Care Arborist. Ultimately, the best trees are the ones that let you enjoy both your swing and your tree in safety and comfort.
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