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Before you embark on trampoline burial there are several things you should be aware of. Read why the edges of the hole need to be shored up, and get tips on how to dig the hole. If the trampoline is dug in properly from the start, you will have a safe trampoline for the garden that will last for many years.
Where should the trampoline be?
Before you start trampoline burial, make sure you choose the right place for your trampoline.
The best place for trampoline burial is where the grass and soil are even. Avoid hills or large rocks in the area that can interfere with digging.
Also make sure there are no hard stones in the area that children can fall out and hit themselves on. If you don't have a soft area, put a safety mat around the trampoline.
Look up. Do not place the trampoline close to trees or bushes that children can hit when jumping. This also prevents too many fallen leaves on the trampoline in autumn.
If you have a lot of sandy soil in your garden, it can be difficult to dig a stable hole that won't collapse again. So it's a good idea to get advice from a landscaper before you start.
What you should be aware of
Dig carefully so you don't damage cables, pipes or wires if you dig. It would be unfortunate to hit a gas pipe with the excavator. You can check where there are pipes in the ground by looking at your ground plan.
How to mark where to dig
Once you've found the perfect spot to bury your trampoline in the garden, you can lay out the canvas to get a better idea of what it looks like.
If you are burying a round trampoline, you can mark the area by driving a small wooden stake into the centre and tying a string to the radius of the trampoline. Now you can mark a circle. Either use a spray for this purpose, or dig a small trench around to mark.
If you are burying a square trampoline, mark the corners with small wooden stakes.
Why you should dig down the trampoline
- Increased security. Children can't fall off the trampoline when it's flush with the grass
- Does not fall in storm. The heavy autumn storms that have hit Denmark in recent years have caused a number of trampolines to topple over and cause damage. You can avoid this with a buried trampoline, where the wind can't get at it the same way.
- Does not need to be moved when mowing. Avoid moving the heavy trampoline around to get a grip on the long grass underneath it.
- Does not take the view. Avoid a big clunky trampoline in the landscape that obscures your flower beds or beautiful views.
Trampoline burial: the easiest way to dig the hole
Now you need to start digging the hole. Digging the hole with a shovel and hand power can be hard and time-consuming. Hire a bobcat from your local DIY store. You can have it delivered to your address and picked up again.
It is important that the hole is deep enough. Read the instructions for the in-ground trampoline you have purchased. The trampoline window should be at the same level as the lawn.
There must be air around the trampoline and the hole must be deep enough so that the trampoline cannot hit the ground when jumping on it. The minimum depth should be around 1 metre, but will vary depending on the trampoline you are digging.
Make sure there is plenty of space on the sides of the hole. Make the bottom of the hole as horizontal as possible. The legs of the trampoline should be placed on tiles at the bottom so that it stands firmly and horizontally.
Dig the hole so that there is a slight slope on the edges. If the edges are completely vertical, they are difficult to brace. Read more about bracing edges in the next section.
Therefore, the edges of the hole must be shored
Safety is important when it comes to trampoline burial.
If the edges and bottom of the hole are not reinforced, you risk loose soil falling into the bottom and the hole suddenly not being deep enough. It can be dangerous if the trampoline window can hit the ground when children jump.
The edges are best braced with retaining wall tiles. They are fixed with a cement mixture. In the bottom you can put a nonwovenswhich prevents weeds from growing up under the trampoline. If you're not sure how to brace the edges, contact a landscaper or ask at a DIY store.
Place the trampoline in the hole
The trampoline must be completely horizontal and stable when placed in the hole. Before using the trampoline, check it thoroughly all around and make sure that you cannot hit the tiles or the ground when jumping into the sides of the trampoline.
Trampoline for burial
If you want an extra safe trampoline, you can purchase a safety net for the in-ground trampoline. The safety net prevents children from jumping outside the trampoline.
In addition, small children cannot climb onto the trampoline and start jumping without supervision.
Choose the right trampoline for in-ground use
This in-ground trampoline has a strong edge mat, a strong safety net and the best springs for the best jumping experience.
The normal price for this Berg trampoline is 4.999 kr. Buy it here.
Measurements: 3.66 meters in diameter.
The trampoline is from the Berg brand, which has more than 30 years of experience in producing the safest and best trampolines.
Recommended age: from 3 years.
Remember this when you work - Take care of your body
Make sure you have a proper working posture. Your nose and shoe laces should face the same way to avoid twisting your body. Also take breaks when working.
If you dig with digging shoes, always keep track of where your children are so you don't risk them running around and playing near the work.
Also use sunscreen to avoid getting burnt. Especially in spring, when the UV index is high.
You can use the excess soil for
When you're done with the hard work, you're left with a pile of soil. There's no need to spend time and energy disposing of it when it can easily be used elsewhere in the garden.
- Make beautiful raised beds. Use the soil to create the raised garden beds you've always dreamed of. Raised beds help create division and harmony in the garden, and are great in the kitchen garden.
- Put the soil at the back of the garden as a compost heap. Get your very own environmental centre. Soil mixed with leaves in a compost heap eventually turns into nice soft topsoil.
- Use the ground for a mound for the children. Most children will love climbing up and down a mound.
Carsten Nielsen, gardener for 42 years, and experience with trampoline burial
Bolius - Homeowners' knowledge centre