Summer is here!
That means children are out of school and ready to play. What better way to bring joy to your children than a hand-crafted tree swing?
Turn your landscape into a playground where kids can run freely, swing high into the trees and enjoy summer’s warm and playful spirit.
Take it from the scientists at the Davey Institute—the first and most important step in installing a tree swing is choosing the right tree.
There are two critical characteristics you should look for when you’re picking a tree.
First up, the tree’s maturity. Scoping your landscape for an older, well-established tree that is sturdy and strong. A newly planted tree won't be able to withstand the swing’s weight, affecting its growth and health for years to come.
And second, the tree’s structure. In order to attach a tree swing successfully, you need strong horizontal branches that can endure the weight of the swing. Be careful to not attach the rope too tight to your branch!
Now without further ado, let’s jump into the tips and tricks for tire, wooden and seat tree swings.
There’s nothing like free-flying on a tire swing. For the best set up, follow these tips:
Pull out a plank of wood to make a DIY swing set right in your backyard. Here are a few pointers to get you started:
For seated tree swings, follow the same tips above for other swing types. And with any swing, take care to avoid injuring your tree when you hang it up.