Have you ever considered building a treehouse as a part of your property’s landscape? Treehouses can be an exciting and fulfilling addition to your house for both the old and young alike. There are a lot of important things to be aware of, though, as you start to plan for the construction of your treehouse, as this is a very fun addition that will seriously alter the overall composition of the tree that it’ll be built upon. Read on for a helpful guide for building a treehouse!
Building on a Healthy and Strong Tree
Ideally, the treehouse should be built on a disease-free and injury-free tree. The presence of disease or injury doesn’t automatically disqualify it from being used, but you should make sure to bring out a specialized arborist to evaluate it to make sure it can safely withstand the intense physical rigors of supporting a treehouse.
Hardwood Trees are More Preferable
Treehouses are attached to trees with stronger bolts (treehouse attachment bolts) that don’t bend or break under any normal circumstances. However, the stress of high loads could lead to a compression of the wood tissue, which can then cause the treehouse to fail entirely. It is much safer to use hardwood trees like cherry, oak, and walnut trees since they are harder and less susceptible to any tissue compression. Softer trees might still be used if a lighter tree house design is considered. Certain trees shouldn’t be used at all, though, and our certified tree specialists and arborists can tell you all about them.
The Environmental Impact of the Tree House
A treehouse can introduce multiple environmental changes to your tree. Foot traffic is some of the most potentially damaging, compacting the soil fully around the tree. To limit the amount of damage to your tree, create as few footpaths as you can to the treehouse using wood chips and barriers where possible. Also, inform your guests not to physically damage the trees with actions like peeling off bark or smacking it around with other sticks. Lastly, be cautious about digging and removing other trees from the property, keeping in mind that a tree’s roots are usually extended two to three times farther out than the branches.
Tree Care and Maintenance from Harford Tree
Ready to have the beautiful yard you have always dreamed of? Harford Tree Experts & Landscaping, Inc has been in the business for decades, providing customers with quality work and quick responses all at the right price. We service the areas of Harford County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City areas including Bel Air, Fallston, Perry Hall, Towson, Essex, Parkville, White Marsh, and Middle River. For service during business hours, reach out to us or give us a call at 410-592-7321. We offer 24/7 emergency service as well, just give us a call at 443-250-6649. For updates about our business and more informative tips, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.