Trampolines are a much-loved garden feature and suitable for use by everyone in the family – young or old. However, sometimes in smaller gardens or gardens that are otherwise perfectly landscaped, you may feel that the trampoline detracts from your outside area. For these situations, an inground trampoline is the perfect solution.
Although it could seem like a big job, sinking a trampoline has long-term benefits. There’s less room for kids to fall and hurt themselves, you won’t need to cut back overhanging trees, and it’s more likely to fit in with the landscaping of the garden. This blog goes over how to choose an inground trampoline, and then address how to install an inground trampoline.
How to choose an in-ground trampoline
Before purchasing your trampoline, work out how much space you have in your garden. Decide which size and shape the trampoline will need to be so that it can accommodate all the kids in the family for the next few years of their lives.
Although rectangular trampolines can be competition-grade, for regular, hobby trampolining, choose a round trampoline that will keep kids centred in the middle of the mat. The safety edging should be a contrasting colour to the main ground in your garden so that it’s easily visible, even in low light.
In ground trampoline installation
1. Mark the area to be excavated
If you’re installing a round trampoline you can do this by securing one end of the tape measure at the centre of where you want to sink the trampoline, using a stick or screwdriver, to mark the radius of the circle. You can mark the circumference of the circle with paint or flour as you go.
2. Dig the hole
Depending on your personal capabilities, you will decide to either dig the hole by hand or use a mechanical digger. Some people hire a contractor to do this, or they’ll do it themselves. After that, you can donate the leftover soil to a community garden or allotment or use it as topsoil on other parts of the garden. Remember that the hole needs to be the depth of the trampoline.
3. Consider drainage
If you live in an area with clay soil or a high-water table, you must consider drainage. Where people in other areas would get away with adding a layer of gravel at the base of their trampoline hole to create a soakaway, those in clay soil areas may need to install a drainage pipe or electric drainage system.
4. Consider support
If you live in a sand-soil area, be sure to stabilise the walls of your trampoline hole to prevent collapse, but as the hole will not be very deep, this may not be a problem. Alternatively, the BERG In-Ground Champion 9ft Trampoline comes with short legs that intended for installation over a bowl shaped hole – so there is no need for straight walls that are at risk of collapsing.
5. Assemble the trampoline
After all that physical work, this is the easy part! Follow the instructions on your inground trampoline to ensure that it is assembled correctly, and lower it carefully into the hole, making sure it’s secure. Then, it’s ready to play!