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.