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Do Nails, Screws, Or Staples Hurt Trees?


When you’re itching to do an outdoor project, you might look to your trees as a starting point. Maybe you’re dreaming of a quaint birdhouse tacked to your tree, or you’d like a sentimental plaque sitting front and center on the trunk.


But wait—can you safely drill your tree with a nail or screw? Some trees are sturdy enough to sport a new accessory, but others won’t be able to handle the harm.


Below, find out if your tree’s a good candidate, and get a guide to safely drilling nails, staples or screws into your tree.


HOW TO DRILL INTO A TREE OR HAMMER A NAIL WITHOUT HURTING IT


Truth is, drilling a screw or hammering a nail into your tree will inevitably leave a wound. But if the task is done the right way on the right tree, you can avoid serious, long-term damage. To keep your tree as safe as possible:


  • Be conscious about the type of nails or screws you use. Keep reading for the best picks.

  • Don’t get hammer happy. The more holes you create, the more you stress the tree out.

  • Keep in mind that some trees are better candidates than others. More on this later on.



WHAT ARE THE BEST NAILS OR SCREWS FOR TREES?


The #1 thing you don’t want is for a nail or screw in your tree to rust over time. That’s why it’s best to choose stainless steel, aluminum or any other rust-proof nails and screws for your project.


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