Sunken trampolines are rapidly becoming a popular addition to gardens across the country, providing families with a safe and aesthetically pleasing way to enjoy jumping fun. Not only do they offer a lower profile in the garden, but they're also safer since there’s no height to fall from compared to their above-ground counterparts. If you're a homeowner or a DIY enthusiast looking to enhance your outdoor space with a sunken trampoline, this guide is for you. Plus, if you're considering fence upgrades or need quality wooden fence panels to complement your garden's new addition, East Coast Fencing has got you covered.

Why Choose a Sunken Trampoline?

Before we jump into the installation process, it's crucial to understand the benefits of installing a sunken trampoline:

  1. Safety: Being at ground level, the risk of falling off is significantly reduced.
  2. Aesthetics: Sunken trampolines blend seamlessly with your garden, preserving the view and the landscape’s natural beauty.
  3. Accessibility: Easier access for children and those with mobility issues.

Planning and Preparation

  1. Choose the Right Location: Select a flat area in your garden away from trees, fences, and any overhead obstacles. Consider sunlight exposure and drainage when picking the spot.
  2. Council Permissions: Check with your local council to ensure that you don't need any special permissions for this kind of installation.
  3. Pick the Trampoline: Not all trampolines are suitable for sinking into the ground. Ensure you purchase a model designed for this purpose.

Equipment and Materials Needed

  • Tape measure
  • Spade or a mini excavator (for larger projects)
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Gravel for drainage
  • Sand (optional, for additional drainage)
  • Retaining wall materials (e.g., wooden panels from East Coast Fencing)
  • The trampoline

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Step 1: Mark Out the Area

Using a tape measure and string, mark out the circumference of your trampoline on the chosen spot in your garden.

Step 2: Excavate the Hole

The depth of the hole should equal the height of your trampoline. Begin excavating within the marked area, ensuring the sides are as vertical as possible to prevent soil from falling back into the space. For larger trampolines, renting a mini excavator might be more practical.

Step 3: Add a Drainage Layer

Once the hole is dug, add a layer of gravel at the bottom to assist with drainage. For areas with particularly heavy soil, adding a layer of sand above the gravel can help.

Step 4: Install the Retaining Wall

A retaining wall prevents the soil from collapsing into the hole. You can use quality wooden panels from East Coast Fencing for a natural look that complements your garden. Install the panels around the perimeter of the hole, securing them in place as necessary.

Step 5: Insert the Trampoline

Carefully place the trampoline into the hole, ensuring it sits level. If it’s not level, the bounce can be affected, and water may pool in certain areas of the mat.

Step 6: Backfill and Landscape

Fill in any gaps between the retaining wall and the edge of the hole with soil. This is also an excellent time to landscape around the trampoline, perhaps planting grass seed to help it blend even more seamlessly with your garden.

Final Thoughts

Installing a sunken trampoline in your garden can provide endless hours of fun and exercise for the whole family. By following these steps, you can ensure a safe and aesthetically pleasing addition to your outdoor space. For fencing needs or to enhance your garden further, consider the quality wooden fence panels provided by East Coast Fencing to complete your garden transformation.

Remember, safety comes first, so take your time with the installation and don’t hesitate to ask for help if needed. Happy bouncing!