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chefruth
building a tree house on a tree that 1/2 came down in a storm

We had two storms take first 1/3 of a HUGE maple and then another 1/4 of the tree. We have since taken down all the limbs that are impending danger on our home, but the tree is our only one in a small backyard and our children loved climbing in and hanging off various ropes and swings that we had on the tree. My question is can the remaining parts of the tree be used as a base or foundation for a tree house or should we take the tree out to the ground and then put up a playground set- our kids are getting older and we do not want to spend lots on this project (youngest is 7) Thanks ;)

A. Spruce
Re: building a tree house on a tree that 1/2 came down in a storm

I would scrap the tree house idea and go for something that can be enjoyed more by the entire family, such as an outdoor BBQ/kitchen, or improved patio and landscaping. These things will not only improve the quality of your stay in the home, they will also improve the value, a tree house won't.

chefruth
Re: building a tree house on a tree that 1/2 came down in a storm

Thanks for your response, but we already have a pool, deck and grill area- we need something for the kids to do (other than swim the 2 1/2 months that they can use the pool) in our back yard. We have a small fenced yard and it really is mostly deck and pool- We might put in a fire pit for adult enjoyment, but there has to be some climbing stuff for the kids (4 ages from 7-16 and they all love to climb trees! still!)

are there any tree experts out there? Can you leave part of a tree still standing?

anyone build a tree house on an already partially taken down tree? Will the trunk stay alive with only about 1/2 of the branches functional or will it rot?

canuk
Re: building a tree house on a tree that 1/2 came down in a storm
chefruth wrote:

Thanks for your response, but we already have a pool, deck and grill area- we need something for the kids to do (other than swim the 2 1/2 months that they can use the pool) in our back yard. We have a small fenced yard and it really is mostly deck and pool- We might put in a fire pit for adult enjoyment, but there has to be some climbing stuff for the kids (4 ages from 7-16 and they all love to climb trees! still!)

are there any tree experts out there? Can you leave part of a tree still standing?

anyone build a tree house on an already partially taken down tree? Will the trunk stay alive with only about 1/2 of the branches functional or will it rot?

As you know your tree is a living thing.
It's suffered sever damage and trauma --- yes it will eventually suffer rot and disease. Sure if you build a tree house it will probably be fine for a season or two --- until rot will eventually compromise the supporting of the treehouse.
It's up to you --- if you want the tree house --- go for it. Keep a watchful eye for issues regarding the support integrity for the tree house .

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