Thursday, June 16, 2016

HAMMOCK, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Every Thursday, we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm.  
Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

Hammock in the trees, image from Southernliving.com
If it ever stops raining long enough, and I can get yard back into shape, there is a spot beside the house where we are SO doing this.  We've always wanted a hammock!  It's in the 'newly created' woodland area that's now a year old and not so 'newly created', ha.  The grass, er, weeds, are slowly filling in but I can get it done this Summer because it will be working in the shade.  

I think I've narrowed down the two trees that will work for this.  Anyone else have one?  Any suggestions?

Be inspired!

7 comments:

Frank from Virginia said...

I have a place in my back yard under 2 maple trees that has served me for 30 years. Use heavy duty stainless screw eye bolts in the trees. Use a long shank bolts, that will bight deep into the tree for a strong long lasting connection point. Do not screw the round eye all the way to the tree bark. That will allow the tree to grow without covering the connection point. use at least 1/2 inch bolt material to provide the strength to allow swinging without stressing the eyebolts. Lay back and enjoy many years of relaxation under the trees.

Colleen said...

Instead of drilling holes in trees maybe a potable hammock would be handy. In winter, can take down and store away during the cold winter months.
Drilling a hole in a tree would not cause the tree too much damage to kill it off, however you have now left an open wound for any bacterial pathogens to creep in through, and then they kill of the tree, these happen naturally but creating holes in trees can increase the chance of this happening. Following article from the Houston Chronicle.
http://www.chron.com/life/gardening/article/Do-nails-and-screws-harm-trees-1793098.php
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Practical Parsimony said...

I would never put any kind of wound in a tree. I would strap it on. I called a politician and made him come get his sign that he nailed into my big oak tree on the corner of my lot. He was not nice, telling me nails in trees do not hurt trees. So, I told him I now had many reasons not to vote for him.

Wounding a tree is an abomination to me. When I tell a kid to quit beating any tree in my yard, I get attitude from parents.

All that said, I would love a hammock, although I have no idea how I would get out unless I just dumped myself on the ground and then pulled myself up on something.

A neighbor put up a hammock with the attached pillow. Squirrels tore open the pillow. Birds helped themselves. She eventually took down her hammock. But, you probably aren't overrun by squirrels.

Margaret said...

What a lovely idea, I sure can recommend having a hammock, I have one on my back deck and use it often. If you are putting it under threes just make sure you can take it down and store it as the weather will ruin it and rot the fibres over time.

There are thousands of hammocks attached to trees, maybe have a chat to the local arborist ( city council ) and get some advice on a safe germ free attachment method to keep the trees healthy and strong.
You can have fun trying out some different designs at the big outdoor and camping supply places.
What a way to spend a Summer afternoon at 'wine o'clock '.....bliss 😊

carol pavlik said...

Make sure you have a third tree nearby to tie a cord to. This to keep the hammock rocking. Heaven on earth.

Texas Rose said...

That looks sooo relaxing! And so comfortable. That will be wonderful to have one at the Farm.

On the show "Treehouse Masters" on Animal Planet, they put bolts into the trees for the tree houses. So there must be a way to do it without harming the tree.

krayolakris said...

Be sure to store it securely over winter. The field mice enjoyed the pillow stuffing in mine when I stored it in my garage!