Landscaping for an above-ground trampoline can be a head-scratcher. How can you make something that stands out in your yard look like it was meant to be there? Then, where do you put it, and what do you even put under the trampoline to make sure it's functional but not an eyesore? We know grass won't survive under them.
To get some answers and recommendations, read along.
Where should I put my trampoline in my yard?
Where you put your trampoline is just as important as how you install it. If your trampoline isn't on the right surface, too close to other objects, or in a space not ideal for exercise, it can become another ornament in your yard that you barely let your children use.
Place It Somewhere Level
When choosing where to install your above-ground trampoline, finding a level area is very important. If the ground under the trampoline isn't level, jumpers risk toppling over and injuring themselves.
Place it somewhere without concrete
Unfortunately, most trampolines aren't built to be used on concrete. As such, it isn't recommended to have it in a concreted area. There are some instances where a concrete pad is built for a specific trampoline, but that is usually more costly and time-consuming to do.
Place it at least 3 feet away from surrounding objects
To avoid jumping and bumping into anything, we recommend placing your trampoline 3-6 feet away from any surrounding objects like walls, trees, shrubs, a pool -- anything that you can fall or bump into.
Place it somewhere cool and comfortable for exercise
Whenever you jump, you get a good workout on a trampoline. Having it out in the hot sun on a summer day can be dangerous as users risk sunburn and overheating when they're jumping.
What do you do with the area under a trampoline?
There are many things you can do with the area under your trampoline. What's most important is to keep it clear of objects that jumpers can bump into and hurt themselves or damage the jump mat. Do not use that area for storage.
You could always use decorative landscaping options like fake grass and flat objects like stones to decorate the area if you're looking for aesthetically pleasing options.
Another option is a safety mat under the trampoline. This would be an added layer of security for your children or even adult jumpers in the event of a fall. A padded mat surrounding the trampoline base and under the trampoline would soften the blow if someone were to fall.
Landscaping under a trampoline
Put gravel under the trampoline
It's perfectly fine to spread gravel under the trampoline as it looks more pleasing to the eye than dead grass (since trampolines tend to block the light grass needs to grow). It's easier to maintain and deters weeds from growing under your trampoline.
We do recommend getting a protective net installed around the trampoline if you choose this method, as jumpers risk falling on hard gravel and injuring themselves.
Install An organic base
An organic base of rubber mulch is often used on children's playgrounds and is a great alternative to gravel or a concrete base for a trampoline. It's softer and softens the blow if a jumper were to fall off the trampoline. You could also use wood chips or sand to provide your trampoline with a soft, stable surface.
Put fake grass under the trampoline
Fake grass is far easier to maintain than gravel or rubber mulch. It's as simple as cutting the grass mat to the preferred size and putting it under and around the trampoline. It can be used as a pathway to the trampoline and more aesthetically pleasing to the eye than a patch of brown mulch surrounded by green grass in your yard.
Cheapest Landscaping Material
By far, the cheapest and easiest landscaping material recommended would be gravel, sand, or wood chips. It can be pretty costly to purchase enough fake grass to cover the area for your trampoline, but it does look very appealing to the eyes. If you're trying no to break the bank, we recommend the organic route.
Landscaping for an above-ground trampoline is a little tricky, but with options like a protective mat, fake grass, mulch, or gravel, it doesn't have to be loads of maintenance. Be mindful not to put any objects directly beneath your trampoline that a jumper can bump into and injure themselves or damage the mat on. Check out our Avynaabove-ground trampolines. They're some of the highest quality on the market!