Do you want a trampoline but are concerned about how it will look in your yard, or maybe the look of the trampoline isn’t your concerned, but instead it is how to mow around it? Well there is a new trend going around where you put the trampoline in the ground. An in-ground trampoline is like an in-ground pool. You dig a hole, add a retaining wall, and make sure it has proper ventilation and drainage. Then you just stick the frame into the ground. You can make any type of trampoline an in-ground trampoline. It doesn’t matter if you want a round trampoline, a square trampoline, or a rectangle trampoline; you just got to dig the right shape hole.
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The most obvious advantage to an in-ground trampoline is the look. The jumping surface is flush with the surface of the yard, and you can design all your yards landscaping around the trampoline. You can build an attractive retaining wall to keep the dirt from falling back into the whole, and you can install drainage pipes to move the water to where you want it. If you have a garden or water pound in your yard, than you can set the pipes up to drain the water to that location. This kills two birds with one stone ensuring the pond is feed with water or that your garden is watered. With landscaping you can even set up chairs or a seating area around the trampoline. His is nice because when the kids jump the adults can sit and talk.
Another big advantage is that it is easier to get onto an in-ground trampoline. No longer is the jumping surface three or more feet off the ground. Instead you can just walk right onto the trampoline. This makes it a lot easier for kids to get onto the trampoline. Now this does lead to a misconception. People thing in-ground trampolines are safer than above ground ones, but this isn’t one hundred percent true. You need a gap of around a half a foot between the retaining wall and the jumping surface to assure proper airflow. This means a kid could fall between it or fall on it. That is why it is a good idea to still have a safety enclosure on your in-ground trampoline. One aspect that in-ground trampolines are a lot safer in though is stability. An in-ground trampoline is anchored to the ground and there is no way for it to tip.
The biggest disadvantage of an in-ground trampoline is cost. You have to ensure proper airflow and draining, so you get a proper bounce and so the frame will last as long as possible. Also, it is costly because you got to dig a hole big enough to fit the trampoline into, and building a retaining wall can be expensive. The cost can however be offset some if you are a hand person or a do it yourselfer.
A final disadvantage is moving it. You may no longer have to move the trampoline to mow the grass, since there is no grass, but if you end up moving and want to take the trampoline with you, than you have to remove the trampoline and repair the hole. Also, if you decide you want the trampoline in a different spot, or a different model trampoline, than it can get to be a lot of work quickly to remove the current one and move it or put in a new one. If you are going to be living in the same place for a while though, and looks matter to you, than an in-ground trampoline may be a good option.
Now that you know what an in-ground trampoline is and some of the advantages and disadvantages of them we can go into what it takes to make one.
First before you start digging your hole you need to know what trampoline you are going to get. Most trampolines can be used in-ground, but getting one with a galvanized steel frame is much better as that prevents rusting. They make special kits design for in-ground use, or you can stick with top brands such as Skywalker, JumpSport, Zupapa, or Bazoongi. These brands are trusted and make high quality trampolines.
Now that you know what trampoline you are going to be using and the size it is you know the size of hole you need. Next is planing on where to put it in your yard. You don’t want to have to move it. You can draw a simple scale picture of your yard, and then figure out the best spot. Have fun coming up with a landscaping design. That is one of the perks of an in-ground trampoline is making it look like a part of your yard. Once you have everything planed you got to dig the hole. You want to make sure the hole is a foot wider than the frame and this doesn’t account for a retaining wall.
You want it to be wider because to get a proper bounce you need air flow. No air flow means that the surface will feel like you are bouncing on hard ground. Also, in your design you need to figure out drainage. You don’t want standing water because it will rust the frame and also if you are bouncing and hitting water it will make a mess, and not be safe. You don’t want to jump on a wet trampoline.
You can dig the hole yourself by renting equipment or hire someone to do it for you. Digging the hole is one of the most costly parts.
Once the hole is dug, if you are handy you can build the retaining wall yourself and run the drainage pipes. If you aren’t handy, than you may want to hire a landscaping company. Doing it right once, and paying for it, is better than doing it wrong the first time and still end up having to pay for it. While they are building the wall you can spend the time assembling the trampoline. Once the trampoline is together and the hole is ready all you have to do is stick it in the hole, and put the finishing touches on.
So is an in-ground trampoline right for you? Well if you are going to be living in the same place for a while, and want your trampoline to blend into the landscape then yes. Over all it is safer than an above ground trampoline, but it still does have some safety risk such as gaps between the retaining wall. The biggest barrier to an in-ground trampoline is the cost, but the more you can do yourself the less it will be. Also, since it is custom you will have something unique and you can design your in-ground trampoline yourself, so it is exactly how you want it.