In-Ground Trampoline for Your Backyard

In-ground trampolines are an awesome way for any family to increase their fun and time spent together in the backyard. It also proves a great way to engage your children in physical and fun activities. In-ground trampolines are flush with the rest of your yard so they are more aesthetically pleasing than setting them above ground. However, there are  a few considerations to know about before getting into the In-ground trampoline installation process.

When you buy an in-ground trampoline kit from, it will come with a complete guide on how you can install it properly. 

In-ground trampoline installation for your backyard

Let’s go over a general overview of the in-ground trampoline installation process in the following steps. Be sure to follow the specific instructions included with your trampoline to avoid any accidents or injuries in the future.

Step 1: Find and Prep the Trampoline Spot

Map out where you want the trampoline in your yard. Make sure it is on a flat area of the yard. You need to start the process by setting the frame in a proper way and also bring the frame to the area where you want to consider digging the hole. You can do the whole process on your own but if you want to do it in less time, then consider hiring a professional company to dig for you.

Measure and mark the area you will be digging with spray paint. Leave a few inches of  extra space around the frame so it will be easy for you to fit it properly. You can fill in the extra space later. Following the construction of the frame and the marking off of the area, you can begin digging. Save some of the dirt you’ve dug up in case you need to backfill the area after the install. 

Step 2: Digging the Hole

Your instruction manual will explain exactly the digging shape and size required. You will first dig the shelf level hole. Measuring is important for this step to ensure that you have the correct depth for the ledge. The required depth for the ledge will be found in your manual. Measure the sides of the hole multiple times every few feet (not just the frame) to begin with. Dig the entire hole to this depth (not just the frame).

You will need to mark the area for digging the next hole once you have dug the first hole. If you need shelf length requirements, again refer to the sizing instructions in your manual. If you are backfilling the area, it is okay to add an inch or two. Once this first hole is completed, it is time for the second hole. This hole will serve as the bounce area or bowl area. It is not necessary to have straight sides to the hole. Make sure they are steep but make sure they fall at a good angle. This way you will need to remove less soil.

Step 3: Assemble the Trampoline Frame

After digging the hole, you are ready to complete the frame assembly. The retaining walls will need to be lined up and attached with a screwdriver. Start with the holes on top of the retaining wall and then move to the holes on the bottom. Put the frame on the shelf after you've completed the above steps to ensure that it is in the right place.

Depending on how it fits, you may be able to continue without making adjustments. After this has been completed, the frame can be lowered into the hole.

Step 4: Attach Springs and Jump Mat

It is time to attach the springs to the mat once the frame is inserted in the hole. It is best to start by attaching the corner springs first, then the center between each corner before doing the rest on a rectangular in ground trampoline. On a round in-ground trampoline, do 12 and 6 o’clock first, then do 3 and 9 o’clock before doing the rest. Working on opposite sides with a helper will make it easier as the tension will be equal. Putting on the springs will pull the trampoline frame tight. 

If you want to ensure everything is working correctly, jump on the trampoline and the mat to see if anything moves. The outer wall and ground can be backfilled as soon as you are ready. Make sure that no soil gets into the bowl area. If you have grass, you can re-turf it with what you saved once it's packed down tight.

Step 5: Install Jump Pads

In order to complete the assembly, the jump pads must be attached for safety. The pad should now be placed over the trampoline, and attached by looping them onto the frame. Detailed instructions will be provided in your manual.

Give it a double check to confirm everything is assembled and working well, and then it’s time to jump!

Benefits of In-Ground Trampoline installation

An in ground trampoline is an investment in your family’s fitness and an exciting addition to your backyard. Since the in-ground trampoline is at the ground level with the rest of your yard,  it will not affect the view or the aesthetics of your landscape. Your kids (and their friends!) will spend many hours outside, having fun, and getting good hearth healthy exercise. In-ground trampolines are available in different shapes and sizes to fit any backyard.

Built for Safety

In-ground trampoline ensures maximum safety for your kids. Since they are installed at ground level, there are fewer chances for injuries from falls like above ground trampolines. 

It is still recommended to install a safety net around your in ground trampoline. Even though it is on the ground level, there is stil a chance that a jumper might fall on the hard ground after jumping several feet high.

Care for Your Trampoline

In-ground trampolines are durable and are used in almost all seasons, depending on your location. If you live somewhere prone to ice and snow, disassemble the trampoline and store in the shed or garage till the weather warms to keep your trampoline in good shape for years to come. 

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