Safely Level a Springfree Trampoline: Slopes & Uneven Ground
Trampolines can provide hours of entertainment for kids, and are a fantastic alternative to electronics. If you have just invested in a Springfree trampoline, you might wonder how to level it properly especially if your garden is on a slope or on uneven ground.
You can properly level a Springfree trampoline by leveling the underlying ground. You can also dig into a slope to create level footing or use a leveling kit. One or more of these methods may be combined depending upon the condition of the ground and the trampoline’s legs.
In the rest of this article, I will discuss the importance of leveling your trampoline, how to level it on uneven ground or on a slope, and how to prepare the ground for a trampoline.
1. Prepare the Ground for a Springfree Trampoline
If the ideal location for your Springfree trampoline has uneven ground or is concrete, you can create a flooring base for your trampoline.
Here’s how to do it:
- Mark the area for the trampoline placement with a piece of string.
- Level the ground as neatly as possible. Depending on the condition of the ground, you might need to remove soil, rocks, or other obstructions to create an even surface. After this, level it further by using a ground roller, rake, or shovel.
- The edge of the ground needs to extend 5 feet (1.5 meters) around the edge of your trampoline.
- You can now create a floor pad for your trampoline. A great choice is a thick mulch base layer, which can act as a safety cushion in case of a fall. This will have the added advantage of preventing weeds from sprouting. If you don’t want to use a mulch base, play sand, wood chips, or even artificial turf are good options.
- If desired, add a rubber edge to the mulch pad to give it an aesthetic look.
2. Level the Springfree Trampoline
Once you’ve prepared the ground for your Springfree trampoline, you can begin installing your trampoline.
However, before installing the trampoline, you will need to take further action if the underlying ground is uneven or sloped:
If your chosen trampoline spot has uneven ground, you will need to stabilize it by following these steps:
- Check if the ground is sufficiently even for your trampoline by placing a broad plank or board on the selected area with a spirit level on top.
- Remove any small hills, small rocks or debris to achieve a smooth and flat surface. You should avoid installing your trampoline on swampy ground since the trampoline’s legs will eventually dig into the ground.
If these steps stabilize your trampoline, you are good to go. If not, you will need to use another method, such as a trampoline leveling kit or leveling blocks.
If your ground is sloped, you need not worry. It’s still possible to stabilize your trampoline by following these steps:
- Measure your slope. This will tell you if it’s suitable for trampoline placement.
- Place your trampoline on the slope. Place a wooden plank about the diameter of your trampoline, and place a spirit level onto it.
- Adjust the plank until the spirit level indicates that it is perfectly level. Measure this distance.
- Divide the diameter by the distance you have measured. If the value calculated is seven or less, you can proceed onto the next steps.
- On the slope’s incline, dig up an area with a depth equal to the measured length. Place the trampoline here and make sure that it’s fully stable.
- Ensure that the trampoline’s legs are anchored firmly into the ground and make sure that they can’t slide around.
- If the value you calculated is greater than seven, you must change your trampoline’s placement or seek professional help.
Why Is It Important To Level a Springfree Trampoline?
Safety is the main reason you must level a Springfree trampoline. It needs to be sufficiently level to avoid potential injuries. For instance, a trampoline on a slope can easily slide down or tip over when weight is placed on the downslope end.
In addition, a well-stabilized trampoline means that you can bounce even higher. The force of your jump would not be transferred to the frame if it is unmovable, and hence all the rebound force goes to you.
Thankfully, there are ways to level a trampoline on uneven ground or even slopes, as I have mentioned in the previous sections.
Springfree Trampolines are fantastic trampolines for the whole family but it’s important that they are leveled.
It is easy to level a trampoline even on a slope or uneven ground with specialized products and inexpensive methods. Not having perfectly level or smooth ground should never discourage you from enjoying your Springfree trampoline to the fullest.