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Choosing Trees for Hanging Swings and Hammocks

Choosing Trees for Hanging Swings and Hammocks

As the spring season approaches, you may be looking for ways to hang your hammock and/or swings. Having additional seating outdoors is a nice touch in the warm weather.

However, it’s important to be very careful about the trees you choose to hang those swings and hammocks. Let’s talk about how you can make the best choices in this area.

Choosing the Best Location for Your Swing/Hammock Trees

Before choosing any trees to plant, you should first consider where they should go. The trees you decide on need enough space to keep them away from outdoor furniture, structures, the street, and other surrounding trees.

To make sure you have safeguarded against any potential collisions, try and give these new trees at least twelve feet of space in the front and back of the swing. On top of the space, make sure that there aren’t any bumps, large exposed tree roots, and rocks in the way.

The Landing Zone

In addition to the extra space around the new trees, you will also want to consider the ground it is on. Tree swings and hammocks should not be placed on a steep slope or hill, as it could cause falls and potential injuries.

The ground underneath of the trees and swings should be relatively flat, and you should make sure there is a soft material underneath. This could be grass, mulch, or even wood chips if you would prefer.

While you could do a harder surface, like gravel or concrete, it would be a much worse fall.

The Top Species for Swing/Hammock Trees

So what types of trees should you choose for your swings and/or hammocks? Here are some of our top choices.


The first option on our list is an oak tree .

These trees are notoriously strong, and can last through many different types of weather and climate. Their height when they mature is anywhere from 50 to 70 feet, and they can live up to 200 years.

Their branches are elevated and strong enough to be perfect for any swing, and attaching a hammock should be no problem.

Oak trees do need to be watered regularly, as they do need quite a bit of it to thrive. They can survive in most soil conditions, and are typically free of most pests and diseases. 


Next on our list of potential swing trees are ash trees .

There are many different species of these trees, and they can be appropriate for either a cool or warm climate. Depending on the type of ash you go with, they can grow anywhere from 30-120 feet tall, and can become up to 50 feet wide.

Just like oak trees, this species is strong enough to withstand strong winds and a hanging swing. They are also tall enough to swings of any size, or for a hammock.


Last but not least, beech trees are an excellent choice for your swings and hammocks.

In home landscapes, they typically grow to be up to 50 feet tall, and they do well without any other plants surrounding them. They are strong enough for swings, and not too wide to tie a hammock around.

Do keep in mind, however, that beech trees do well in moist, well drained soil, and are not ideal for cities. If you are outside of a congested area and have no problem keeping the tree regularly watered, this is a plausible option.

Our Final Thoughts on Choosing Trees for Your Swings and Hammocks

No matter how large your landscaping is or what type of swing you want to install, these tips will ensure that it is safe and works well for your yard.

If you need help deciding on the ideal location and/or trees, Arborist Now can provide you with guidance for building the perfect tree swing. Contact us today for additional assistance in the San Francisco Bay Area!

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