We want to help you enhance the enjoyment of your home any way that we can so when a one of our Dallas client's asked us if we could install a tree swing, we said "sure thing". Tree swings are fun and can bring hours of enjoyment to your children, but they can damage your tree if not installed properly, here's where we can help.
Before installing a swing your tree should be assessed for it's health, here's our three-point assessment criteria:
The tree needs to be established and sturdy, mature hardwoods like oak or maple are the best choices - avoid more delicate trees like birch, willow or ash
The branch that will hold the swing is thick enough; the rule of thumb is to attach it to a branch that is at least 8" in diameter
The tree is in good health, cracks or splits in the trunk along with dead or hanging branches indicate a tree that isn't in the best shape
Once an appropriate tree is identified, it's important to install the swing so as to preserve the health of the tree. A rope and a branch with nothing in between can damage a branch. Each time you take a swing, the rope rubs against the branch, eventually stripping off pieces of bark and leaving the tree open and vulnerable to pests or disease. To save your tree from worn down bark, we will install with protection over the rope so it’s not directly on the tree.
Splendid Gardens can help you assess the best tree for the installation and ensure its health and ability to support a properly installed swing for years of enjoyment.
Splendid Gardens provides professional landscape services to Dallas and surrounding cities in North Texas. We take great pride in delivering customized services to each client. Our experienced teams provide a variety of services including landscape design, installation, scheduled maintenance services, custom flagstone and redesign of existing landscapes. We actively give back to the community by volunteering our services to local projects in need.