Hammocks are a great place for outdoor leisure. It’s hard to beat a sunny day spent lounging in a hammock, but these hanging lounging stations can also take a toll on the trees from which they hang. If you are hoping to hang your hammock from some favorite trees in your area, it’s important to take a few precautions. To protect the trees in your area, here are a few hammock hanging tips.

Tree Hugging Straps

There are many companies that make flat fabric straps specifically designed to temporarily bear the weight of a person in a hammock without leaving any lasting marks on the tree itself. Designed to prevent bark abrasion, hammock straps are easy to put up, take down and adjust when necessary to keep from strangling the tree like ropes are known to do. You can find hammock straps in most sporting goods stores.

Padded Rope

Padded rope, lining, or some other form of barrier between hammock straps and trees can be another protective measure when hanging hammocks in your tree. Using bits of a rubber garden hose to provide a protective layer between the rope or chain and the bark of the tree. The slippery surface reduces the amount of surface tension.

Permanent Hook

A small stainless steel or galvanized hook placed directly into the tree can also do the trick. By making a clean puncture in the tree you won’t be doing the tree much harm and your hammock solutions is sure to last through the entire hammock season.

Solid Posts

To avoid installing any permanent hardware in your tree, you could always set up two “faux” trees, or better said, two solid posts to act as trees would. Your anchored posts should be set apart at an ideal distance from one another for your specific hammock. Once the posts are secured, use the same techniques as you would with the tree. Install a solid eye bolt that makes it easy to hook on an S-hook or slip a rope through.

A Hammock Stand

If your hammock is just going to be used at home, in the garden, why not invest in a hammock stand? These stands are longer term solutions for fixed location use and will avoid the need to add strain to your trees. Most hammock stands are relatively lightweight, so your hammock will be easy to transport all around your garden or yard depending on how little or low much shade you care to enjoy.

Indoor Hammocking

Who says you can only enjoy your hammock outside? When the weather starts to turn, enjoying your hammock within the comfort of your own home can be a great way to continue your enjoyment year round (and also won’t damage your trees!). Once you’ve decided where to hang your hammock indoors, be sure to find the support beams in any possible room and use the same S-hook and eye bolt you would install into the tree.

Trees are full of life and provide us with shade, beauty and, maybe most importantly, clean air. Take the time to consider what your best options are when it comes time to hang your hammock. If you only plan to hang the hammock for a short period of time, most of the trees you would choose can handle a short period of stress. Any long-term plans for a hanging a hammock might need a more permanent and tree-safe solution.

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