There is no question that installing a tree swing in your yard can provide hours of fun and entertainment for your family. However, before you use your tree swing, you have to ensure it is installed properly. You need to make sure you choose a mature, healthy and strong tree to ensure the swing is secured. If you have questions about a tree’s suitability, then you should ask the professionals before moving forward with the project.
Types of Tree Swings
There are three basic types of tree swings for you to consider, which include a tire swing with a single rope, a board swing with a double rope or a disc swing with a single rope.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when hanging up a tree swing is just tying the rope around a branch on the tree. This is going to damage the bark and may eventual choke the branch off, which creates a potential hazard because the branch will no longer be sturdy. The right way to install it is by allowing space for growth. A professional can help you figure out how to do this.
Selecting the Right Branch and Tree
If you want to hang a tree swing, you need to make sure that you find the right tree and the right branch. Some guidelines to help you do this include:
- Find a tree that is strong and large
- Make sure you choose a branch that is at least four inches in diameter
- Choose a branch that is as level as possible, which will provide the straightest and smoothest swinging movement.
When installing the swing, it is recommended that you drill completely through the branch and then install an eyebolt that a threaded connector can be attached to. This offers a strong and safe attachment for the tree swing without creating a situation where the branch will choke.
Safety Tips for Your New Tree Swing
You need to hang your swing a minimum of three feet from the trunk, but make sure it is not too far. If the swing is too far away from the trunk it is going to cause stress, which could snap, which may injure the swinger. Also, make sure there is a soft base for landing and cover the area near the swing with wooden fiber mulch, fine sand, rubber mulch or something else. You should never use chain to hang your swing, because it may pinch user’s fingers.
Taking the time to learn what type of tree you should use for your backyard swing will help ensure it can be used without causing a safety issue. If you are still unsure, then it may be a good idea to hire professionals to help.