Trampoline landscape ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Trampolines provide kids with a fun activity that doubles as healthy exercise. Owning a trampoline can be a worthwhile investment, but landscape preparation is also involved. Some homeowners are concerned with landscaping safety issues, while others may worry about the aesthetics of the landscape as a result of the trampoline. Trampolines take up a large part of the garden and can be an eyesore when the rest of the garden is beautifully manicured.

Sunken trampoline

Homeowners worried about the safety and looks of a regular trampoline can install a sunken trampoline to alleviate both concerns. These trampolines are buried in the ground so that the mesh jumping surface is nearly even with the ground, preventing the risk of children falling 90 cm (3 feet) to the ground and eliminating the need for unsightly safety nets. This also improves the look of a landscape because the flush surface blends with the ground rather than obstructing the view. You can purchase an in-ground trampolines from a company that designs and sells them. Others have success burying an above-ground trampoline after reinforcing the frame with galvanised steel.

Play area

Kids and adults can share the garden so that kids have a designated play area that is separate from the area reserved for outdoor entertainment and gardening. If the trampoline is to be put in a designated play area of the garden, it should be kept away from fences and other play equipment. The risk of injury from falling off a trampoline is increased if metal swing sets or wood fences are near. A row of hedges can be planted to block the trampoline and other kids' equipment from the main view of the garden; the trampoline should be far enough away so that kids will not fall on it.

Trampoline base

Trampolines must be placed on level ground because of the risk that they can tip over. If you do not have a level surface around your home, you may need to excavate a part of the garden. After level ground has been achieved, a soft, shock-absorbing base should be put on the ground to reduce the impact of falls. Grass works OK for this, but you can provide extra cushion with sand, wood chips or mulch. Another option is a rubber play mat, commonly found on playgrounds. The base should extend 1.8 to 3 m (6 to 10 feet) beyond the circumference of the trampoline and be about 15 cm (6 inches) deep.

Ornamental grasses

A major problem with placing a trampoline in a separate section of the garden is that it becomes difficult for parents to supervise children's play. Instead of moving the trampoline entirely, it can be hidden in plain sight with ornamental grasses. Plant several varieties of ornamental grasses around the trampoline. Unlike shrubs with woody stems, it is OK to plant grass near the trampoline because they provide a cushioned landing surface should someone fall off while jumping. Plant tall ornamental grasses that will grow above the trampoline height, such as pampas grass, switchgrass, maiden grass, or fountain grass, which grow from 1.2 to 3 m (4 to 10 feet) high.

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A former cake decorator and competitive horticulturist, Amelia Allonsy is most at home in the kitchen or with her hands in the dirt. She received her Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on other websites.