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Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 9, 2010
7:33 PM

Post #7956373

Due to the crowded nature of our "fence row" of trees, none of their branches are really suitable for swings. But they're our only mature trees. It's going to be a while before the trees we planted after moving in will work for this, but there are some promising-looking branches. I am eyeing Jim's mimosa tree, which could probably support a baby swing at any rate. :-)

I've also got this idea about painting a tree in the corner of Sunshine Girl's room, extending the branches out along the ceiling, and hanging a swing for her... a baby swing for now, later a playground style swing, and when she's a teen, replace it with a hammock chair. DH says "maybe" but wants to anchor it through a ceiling stud, with eyebolts as you suggested doing with a tree swing.

Great article, Sally -- thanks!


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2010
5:19 AM

Post #7956886

Our first swing was a baby one and hung from a crabapple branch about two inches diameter. With the small load and short straps it could hang fairly close to the trunk. I was fine, no sway or bounce that looked like we overloaded the branch. This rnangy mostly unpruned crab has now had swings in a couple other places.
Great fun idea for the kid's room! I got a hammock chair for outside and its very comfortable.
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Terrific article! gardenarian 1 Jul 12, 2010 3:13 PM

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