One of the most common reasons for maintaining a landscape is to provide a source of respite, very literally, within one’s own backyard. And one of the best things about home ownership is that the landscape can be made to reflect all those personal touches that make the homeowner unique. One of the qualities many homeowners try to impart within a landscape is tranquility, a means by which to relax and pull away from the stresses of daily life within the confines of home.

From the types of trees that are planted, to planting locations, definitively
yielding desired sun or shade, to the fragrances emanated, each decision made regarding a landscape caters to individual preferences.

One of those unique preferences sometimes added to a landscape is a tree hammock. Hammocks frequently recreate the carefree experiences we recall from swinging as a child. Think of them as an extension of childhood into adulthood!

The most common place from which to hang a hammock is traditionally between two trees. With the development of modern landscapes, however, we now know that this may not always be possible. Since the roots of trees may expand two to three times the circumference of theF canopy, roots can become intertwined or compete for necessary nutrients, sometimes destroying one or more trees in the process. In Austin, Texas, oak wilt can be transmitted from an affected tree to a healthy one through intertwined roots. It’s important to carefully consider these facts and proceed by strategically planting trees.

If you decide to hang a hammock between two trees, it will need to be placed somewhere between six to eight feet high. Based upon the weight that will be applied to it during use, this height should allow sufficient drag space. If specific limbs hinder the ability to hang the hammock at the appropriate height, contact an Austin tree trimming professional to assist with the appropriate trimming of the tree. After all, the last thing you want to do is to apply incorrect cuts and weaken the tree’s ability to support the hammock.

It is often propagated that attaching a hammock using tree hooks will not harm the overall health of a tree. However, if you ever decide at any point to move the hammock to another location or remove it altogether, the hooks will most assuredly leave holes in the trunk of the tree. Consider purchasing a hammock that utilizes straps instead. Straps do not require any invasive cuts or holes in the tree and allow for easier removal of the hammock for relocation or storage.

If you find that you still have concerns over the effects of the straps on the trees’ bark, consult an Austin tree care specialist, who can advise with which stressors trees can best cope and with which they cannot.

And for the especially eco-conscious, there are alternatives to hanging a hammock from your landscaping trees. Consider adding sturdy, concrete-anchored posts or using existing structures, such as a deck or the corners of a home and another adjoining building on the property.

There are several ways to enjoy the relaxation a hammock provides while still maintaining the integrity of your landscaping trees. If you have additional questions or concerns, however, contact an Austin arborist for guidance.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

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