Find the Perfect Branch: The swing can’t be on just any branch. Most branches aren’t strong enough to handle long-term exposure to the swinging motion or the weight of even a small child. You have to find a strong enough brand to handle the stress and weight distribution of a swing in motion. The branch also needs to be far enough away from the tree, so there’s very little chance of hitting the trunk as you’re swinging.
Get the Right Protection: Don’t just throw a couple of ropes or chains around the branch to attach the swing. You will strip away any bark from the branch exposing the wood underneath to rub damage from the swing. Instead, get a tree branch strand that will fit over the branch and attach it to the rope or chain. This extra strap will give you the protection your tree needs to have an excellent swinging experience!