I have a perfect little spot in my yard to hang, but this one tree is making me a bit nervous. I have been using it all week but am interested in ways I can maybe bolster it a bit. Depending on how high up I set my straps I definitely see some sway in the upper half of the tree. I have a pic below to show the tree in question. It is not in good shape at all. I just bought this house and everything has been invaded by vines. I cut out the vine at the root and removed as much from the tree as I could without causing damage. The tree still has foliage and is alive, but I'm not sure for how much longer. The roots look pretty big and seem to spread quite far. I just am not sure how deep they are. I really am not afraid for my safety or anything, just afraid that over time hanging on it will make things worse and I will lose it. This is the only tree in that vicinity that will really work. I'd love to hear some thoughts about what I can do. I was thinking maybe running a loop of webbing from this tree to another larger one about 10ft away to counter-act some of the force of the hammock. Worthwhile?
Not the greatest pic.
The other tree I would use for strengthening is maybe 10ft directly to the right of that one. The reason I can't run my hammock straight to that is there is a firepit and other stuff in between the current anchor tree and it.