It’s every little kid’s dream to have a tree house. A high up place to call their own, hang out with their friends, and turn into a secret clubhouse that doesn’t allow older siblings. If you grew up in heavily wooded areas of New Jersey, it was pretty much a rite of passage to have a tree house in your yard. Now that you’re an adult, you want to build a treehouse for your own kids to make their memories. Well, chances are, you didn’t build your first one; your parents did. How did they do it? Here, Big Timber Tree Service, your friendly local tree removal service in South Jersey, provides a handy guide to help you pick the right tree for your tree house.

The first step in choosing the perfect tree for your tree house is to determine the health of the tree. Are there any present weaknesses or diseases within the tree? If so, this may not be the best tree to build on. The presence of a disease on a tree does not fully eliminate the possibility of the tree, but it does require further investigation to determine the severity of the disease. Age, condition, and the overall environment factor into the health of the tree as well.

The next factor in deciding where to build your tree house is the environmental impact the tree house will have on your tree. The presence of a tree house causes additional stress to the tree, the wildlife that lives in the tree, and your yard. Increased foot traffic can wear down your grass. Consider putting down sod or mulch and creating a designated path for guests and your children to use when going to and from the tree house. Also, remember that trees have roots that can extend out about 2-4 feet from the tree. So before removing and trees or tree roots, be sure to contact a professional tree removal service to look at this for you.

Finally, when selecting your tree, choose a hardwood tree. Hardwood trees are more durable and can handle the weight load of three house more than softwood trees like poplar and redwoods. Trees that fall into this hardwood category include oak, hickory, walnut, and cherry, which are more supportive than other types of trees