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I want to build something into a tree. How much can you nail into a living tree without hurting it? Answered

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frollard
frollard

Best Answer 11 years ago

I dont have a quantitative answer, but trees are living things, like us - and stabbing items into the tree and leaving them there *do* hurt the tree. They introduce external microorganisms into the sap, among other things. You want to keep the tree-nailing to a minimum...but a few shouldn't hurt most trees.

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foobear
foobear

11 years ago

Thanks everyone. I would not want the trees to get sick or hurt. I'm kind of a tree-hugger that way. Decided against it. Thanks!

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orksecurity
orksecurity

11 years ago

The other solution is to build it so it rests on existing branches as much as possible, possibly with brackets on either side of (or around) the branches to keep it from sliding off. If you do that you may not need to nail anything into the tree itself. Only works if the tree is already roughly the right shape, of course.

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codongolev
codongolev

11 years ago

I think you'd be fine as long as you don't pound that tree full of iron. I mean. I've seen chains put around trees and the tree just engulfed the chain. I don't think nails really hurt trees too much. that said, I wouldn't just nail as much as you can. make it safe then stop.