Do hammocks hurt / harm trees ?

by HAMIGLOBE Editor on December 30, 2022

Hammocks can potentially harm trees if they are not used responsibly. When a hammock is hung from a tree, the weight and motion of the person in the hammock can put pressure on the tree and potentially damage the bark. If the tree is small or already weakened, this pressure could cause significant harm. 

To avoid harming trees when using a hammock, it is important to follow these guidelines:

1. Choose the right tree: Look for a healthy, mature tree with a trunk that is at least 8 inches in diameter. Avoid hanging a hammock from a tree that is already damaged, sick, or stressed.

2. Use proper hanging techniques: Make sure the straps or ropes used to hang the hammock are not too tight, and avoid attaching them directly to the tree trunk. Instead, wrap the straps around the tree and secure them to the hammock using a knot that can be easily untied.

3. Use a tree-friendly hammock: Some hammocks are made with materials that are less damaging to trees, such as nylon or polyester rather than cotton or canvas. Look for a hammock that is specifically designed to be gentle on trees.

4. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy your hammock without causing harm to the trees. It's also important to remember to always respect the environment and leave no trace when using a hammock in the outdoors. 

DID YOU KNOW? The HAMI STRAPS are 2 x 3 meter Tree-Friendly, No knots straps, which don’t cut into the tree but rather ‘hug’ it, are adjustable (12 loop settings) to any tree or beam. You’ve got lots of length to work with.