Along with the popularity of backyard trampolines comes the questions concerning landscaping. The surrounding environment can enhance or detract from the trampoline. A giant jumping hub can also damage the landscaping.
Considerations include base materials, surrounding trees and whether the trampoline will be out in the open or hidden from public view. If the trampoline is set in the ground, other landscaping issues need to be considered.
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Ground Leveling for Trampolines
Whether installing a trampoline above or below ground, make sure the area is level. Tipping can be a real concern. An uneven area can be a safety hazard should the ground slope even a small bit. Make sure all of the legs of the trampoline sit level without rocking. The surface can be reduced by digging or built up with compacted fill.
Base Material for Beauty
A lush lawn may suffer from the shadow a trampoline creates. If planning to install a trampoline above ground on grass, be aware that grass is difficult to grow beneath the trampoline. To keep from having an unattractive muddy area, consider applying an organic base beneath and around the trampoline. A cushion of organic material is not only attractive, it creates a safety mat for errant jumpers.
Bark mulch, wood chips and sand are options that also help absorb impacts in case of falls. Dig a trench 6 feet out from the structure all the way around the perimeter of your trampoline and layer with 10 to 12 feet depth of material. Install lawn edging to help keep the material in.
Tree Trimming for Trampolines
Trim any trees that hang over or near to the trampoline with a tree pruner. Limbs pose a danger in multiple ways; if low enough a bouncer could strike their head, tree limbs can fall, and sticks and debris can fall on the trampoline surface, causing injury. If considering planting trees nearby, keep them at a safe distance and avoid fruit or nut bearing trees. Install any fencing at a safe distance.
Pathways to Trampolines
Create an area around the trampoline that signifies recreation. Tie various recreation equipment, such as a swing set, swimming pool, hot tub to the next with informal pathways using crushed stone or mulching. Each pathway can culminate in activity areas. Border the pathways with lawn edging or use cobblestone or pavers to line the path to keep the ground cover material in place. Stepping stones can also be incorporated into the path areas. Wooden or stone benches are an attractive and practical touch.
Shrubbery and Plantings
Separate the recreation from other areas of the yard or from view of neighbors. Plant privet hedges hedges around the play area, offering wind buffer, creating privacy and helping muffle sounds that might disturb neighbors. Hedges can be trimmed with hedge shears to any height. For a bit of whimsy, they can also be shaped into animal figures or other designs.
If you want to keep the line of sight open— to supervise from afar—consider planting English boxwoods, which can be trimmed to keep them low to the ground. Add some color with perennial plantings such as long blooming daylilies or Veronica.
A 35-year child care specialist, Laurie Carpenter’s first writing involved scripts for a national award-winning cable program on child care issues. From cradle to grave, she worked for a historical cemetery, handling public relations and historical pieces for newspaper publication. Working towards her master’s degree in education, Carpenter also completed a certificate of journalism program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.