Tuesday, 24 March 2020

The whimsy of installing a tree swing*

*this is a collaborative post on
When you think of a tree swing, what first comes to mind? Do you think about a particular movie scene, where a young man is pushing his beloved gently on an old plank of wood? Do you hear the laughter of children as they aim to go higher and higher? 

Tree swings are classic for so many reasons, and they can really add a touch of nostalgia and whimsy to your yard if you have the right setup. We’ve already talked about creating a Beatrix Potter-worthy garden. Why not take one step closer to a simpler time of childhood or the innocence of romance and add an old-fashioned tree swing to your yard? It can help you to enjoy the benefits of being outside while allowing you to appreciate the work you’ve put into your garden and yard. 

There are certain types of trees that you should look for, in order to make sure the swing is safe. You may even need to contact a tree felling service to get rid of any branches that aren’t sturdy. But, once you know what to look for you can install a swing on the perfect tree in your yard and create an enchanting look that you’ll love coming home to. 
A Tree That’s Mature - One of the most important things to look for when you’re selecting a tree for your swing is maturity. Now, there’s a difference between a mature tree and one that’s “too old”. A tree that is too old and one that looks unhealthy obviously isn’t the best bet for supporting the weight of a swing/person. 

On the other hand, a tree that isn’t mature and hasn’t yet been well-established probably won’t be able to hold the weight of a swing. Even if it appears that it can, it could impact the growth of the tree. Additionally, you should look at a mature tree’s structure when deciding on the best one. 

Choosing a tree with sturdy horizontal branches will help to ensure that it can withstand the weight of the swing. Make sure the branch you choose is clear of any smaller branches and is high enough from the ground that you can swing freely. 

Installing a Classic Wooden Swing - there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing the right kind of tree for your swing. Some of the sturdiest to select from include:

. Maple
. Oak
. Beech
. Sycamore 

As far as the wood for the swing itself, you’ll want another hardwood that will withstand the test of time as well as different weather conditions. Cedar is often the most popular choice. All it takes is a little sanding on the surface and around the edges to create a smooth and comfortable swing everyone can enjoy.

Wooden tree swings are usually anywhere from 38-63cm long, and if you don’t want to cut the wood yourself, have a local hardware store take care of it for you! 

While it might seem old-fashioned to have a wooden tree swing in your yard, that’s the point! It will evoke a lot of feelings of childhood, whimsy, and innocence. As a result, it can make your yard feel warmer and more inviting, and who doesn’t want that wonderful feeling every time you come home?


  1. What a lovely suggestion! When I was a kid, I always dreamed of having something like this in our backyard.
    the creation of beauty is art.

  2. Selecting a tree with strong horizontal branches ensures hip weight. Make sure that the branch you have chosen is small and large enough to rise above the ground.

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