Building a tree house isn’t as simple as building some supports and putting up a platform. Not every tree can support the weight and stress of a tree house. That is why you have to choose carefully, before you begin your construction. Here are some of the best trees for a tree house, and why.
- What Species Is Best?
The actual species of the tree matters far more than most would think. Not every species of tree has what it takes to support the weight of a tree house. The primary concern for you when building a tree house is safety–for you and your family. That means you need a tree that is strong and dense enough to support the bolts being drilled inside, alongside the sheer weight of the tree house and the persons inside. If you have a hard time identifying trees you can always ask a professional arborist.
As far as species are concerned, your best bets are going to be maple, oak, cedar, hemlock, apple, or beech woods. These trees grow slowly and strong, and once matured are able to sustain the deep drilling of bolts that will be needed to hold the supports in place. Below we will discuss the best tress that you can find right here in Round Rock, TX.
- Choosing the Tree
Once you have fully understood the species you are looking for, you can begin choosing the right tree. If you have multiple trees on your property, you should choose the one that is a bit out of the way of the most commonly walked paths. You should pick the tree that will be unbothered by foot traffic which can compact the soil and damage the roots below, as well as away from areas where people will be passing beneath the tree continuously every day.
The ideal tree is one that will sit off of the ‘beaten path’ and offers a bit of seclusion for the tree house and those inside it. This will make it safer, more serene, and help to keep everything from being too exposed to potential for damage or injury. This isn’t to hard to do since Round Rock offers so many different tree varieties that are perfect for tree houses. Tree trimming helps to shape the tree correctly so that it will hold the tree house properly. Below we will discuss how to make sure the tree you choose is healthy.
- Checking Up on the Health of the Chosen Tree
Once you have found what you consider to be the ‘ideal’ tree, you then have to set about inspecting the tree to make sure it will do. Carefully inspect the tree for any structural weak points, fungus, disease, or pest infections. These hazards could make your tree house far less safe and shorten its lifespan greatly. You always want to make sure your tree house is built in a tree that is in the peak of its health, and free of any concerning hazards or damage before building.
If you are not sure that you are fully able to identify these issues, contact a local tree expert for a professional inspection. They will be able to analyze the tree and tell you with certainty if your chosen tree is ‘up to code’ for the rigors of tree house support and life.
- Final Thoughts
A tree house project is the chance to fully bring into life a childhood dream for most of us. It is a fun project that the entire family can enjoy, and it will give you a sense of fulfillment once it is done. However, tree houses need to be inspected and double–even triple–checked to make sure they can stand the test of time. Always put safety first so that your tree, your tree house, and your family can enjoy a safe place to hang out and play!