Do you love to spend time in nature, but you are tensed about “Do hammocks hurt trees?”
I promise you that, you are going to get the best answer to this question if you read the entire article. I am going to eliminate your ambiguity over this question. Get ready to get the most effective solution.
The Answer that you are looking for!
If I tell you that it depends on You whether the hammock would hurt trees or not, would you believe? Believe it or not, it really depends on you and how you are tying the hammock on a tree, that hurts it.
Now, the question comes to what extent of damage are we talking about? Is its minimal amount of damage or a significant amount of impairment?
Again, it can be both depending on how long you are going to stay on it, the size & the structure & the age of the trees, and so on.
At the end of the day, hammocking does hurt trees, but there are ways to get rid of permanent damage or minimal impairment that won’t lead to any permanent destruction.
In the next part, I am going to explain why hammocking hurt trees and how to get rid of any permanent disorder.
Why hammock hurt trees?
As I said earlier, it’s us who may hurt the trees with our hammock just because of our lack of knowledge and the deficit of love towards nature but not anymore!
The wrong way of tying rope or cord for a hammock is the main reason behind the damage, though there are many ways. When we lie on hammock, the rope gets pulled so tightly that first, it hurts the bark of the tree, and later it damages the inner part of the tree.
Think about carrying a plastic bag full of heavy products. What happens? The handle of the bag starts to dig into the fingers because of the weight and sometimes tear apart as well. The same thing happens when you keep staying on the hammock for a long time.
What kind of trees is safe for hammocking?
As I said earlier, it depends on the age, structure, and size of the trees to get hurt more or less. I recommend, the trees that are mature and have a diameter of more than 6 inches, you can use this type of trees.
However, you also need to look at what kind of tree it is, for example, if you tie your hammock in a banana tree that’s diameter is more than 6 inches, we both know what’s going to happen. So, you had better avoid trees with soft wood. Also, avoid trees that are dead and bend so easily. Obviously, check for a beehive or you may enjoy some interesting bite on your body.
Maple, Palm, Oak and beach trees are the best choices for hanging hammocks. If you still feel confused, try to arrange a contact number of an arborist. He/She will make it clear for you.
Can Hammock Stand satisfy your need?
Hammock stands are portable as well as effortless to assemble. As it is movable, so you can place it in or against the ray of the sun. It is eco-friendly, and you don’t need to think about hurting a tree. (As it is made of wood so in a way eventually, we are hurting trees) However, at least the current living trees won’t get hurt.
Would you like to carry it for a long journey or camping? I guess not. By the way, hammock stands would be excellent to use in your home. Also, if you are traveling to a short distance in a car with few people, you can purchase it. I don’t suggest it for a long time camping or a long-distance journey for its weight and size.
Eye Hooks are almost the perfect solution
Eye hooks are also called eye bolts. Seemingly, it may seem that it is hurting the tree, but actually, it is far better than the straps that create a choking situation for the trees. To install eye hooks, you will require to drill a hole into the tree. It is the part where it seems to be hurting.
Under the bark, you can find the layer of cambium in a tree which protects it from any harmful elements or insects. You might think drilling a hole opens a way to enter harmful elements, but once you plugged in the hooks, there is no way out. After some days the tree starts to produce sag around the hook and seal it. However, it’s always better for the environment to follow no trace system for traveling.
Tree saver Straps
It can be a good option to hang your hammock between trees. Tree saver straps are made out of soft webbing. It goes around the tree and reduces the damage of the bark as well as the cambium layer. It also minimizes the girdling, but it can cause the death of some wood tissue. The tree-safe straps can be 0.75 to 2 inches wide.
Do’s and don’ts of hammocking :
- Make sure you hang your hammock at least 200-250 feet away from streams or lakes.
- To avert unnecessary disturbance, try to break down large groups into small ones.
- To get rid of trouble, double check that the place is available for hammocking or if there is any prohibition.
- To escape from accidents or physical damage we recommend not to hang your hammock more than 18 inches off the ground.
- Take your hammock down once your relaxing time gets finished to avoid being tangled up by any children or animal.
Whatever we are doing in our society, in a way or another we are harming nature. However, our adventurous mind never wants to stop, but at the same time, our kind heart doesn’t want to hurt nature as well. So, it’s always better to find a way that does less harm to natural lives and also allow us not to stop our adventure.
I have elucidated all the possible ways that would decrease the damage of trees, but I have answered the most important question “Do hammocks hurt trees.” Now, it’s your turn to let me know whether you have got your answer correctly or not. Take care and spread the goodness.