Trampolines are a staple in the backyards of those who have children. However, sometimes people who have a trampoline want to have artificial grass rather than regular grass. Can you put a trampoline in an area with artificial grass?
A trampoline can be placed on artificial grass. The support bars will not damage fake grass, even if they press down on the grass for years. However, the legs could potentially puncture the grass. When a trampoline is moved off of artificial grass, use a stiff brush to brush the grass back up.
Keep reading to learn more about how trampolines work on artificial grass and what you should do if you decide to put one on fake grass.
Can a Trampoline Be on Artificial Grass?
Trampolines can be put on artificial grass without damaging it. The artificial grass will stay lush and green. If you leave a trampoline on the artificial grass for years, it will be flattened by the weight of the trampoline, but that can easily be remedied.
Just use a stiff brush or your hand to brush the artificial grass back up. You won’t be able to tell that a trampoline was ever there, and it will still look good as new!
- However, if your trampoline has straight and sharp (rather than rounded) supports, it could damage your artificial grass.
- The supports will eventually puncture your artificial grass, especially if it is used often.
- However, it is hard to find a trampoline with straight rather than rounded supports, so you most likely won’t have to worry about it. (Source)
When putting a tramp on fake grass, you need to add support underneath the location of the trampoline. If you don’t add support underneath the trampoline, it will eventually sink into the artificial grass and damage it.
To add support under the trampoline, put lawn pads under the grass. The lawn pads need to be 3/4″ to 2 1/2″ thick. The lawn pads will also prevent injuries if people fall off of the trampoline, so you can purchase a trampoline without a net around the edge. (Source)
If you decide to purchase a trampoline after you install artificial grass and the lawn pads were not installed underneath where you want to put it, you can still install the lawn pads.
However, the artificial grass will need to be removed and replaced to do so. But luckily, it likely won’t be expensive because only a small area of artificial grass will be replaced.
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Will a Trampoline Burn Artificial Grass?
Hot trampolines are usually not a problem, but if you live in an area where the temperature reaches 100-115°F, you will want to purchase a trampoline cover.
Because trampolines are typically black, the heat from the sun will warm up the fabric. If something reflective on the trampoline reflects light onto the artificial grass, it may start to burn.
If you don’t want your artificial grass to burn or melt under your trampoline, you should purchase a trampoline cover. It may be a nuisance to take on and off, but your grass will thank you!
How to Secure a Trampoline to Artificial Grass
When you set up a trampoline, you need to secure it to the ground. If you don’t, when the trampoline is used it will move and potentially cause injuries. The wind can also grab your trampoline and deliver it three blocks away if it is bad enough.
So, you should definitely stake down your trampoline somehow, however, trampoline wind stakes, which are commonly used to secure trampolines, may damage your artificial grass because it will puncture it.
We have an article all about How To Anchor A Trampoline that can give other ideas too.
Luckily, you can use other materials to secure your trampoline so your artificial grass doesn’t become damaged. Sandbags are commonly used to secure trampolines to the ground, and they will not damage your grass. (Source)
Sandbags may not be the most visually appealing method that you can use to secure your trampoline, but it is a cost-effective way that is easy to clean up and won’t damage your artificial grass. If a sandbag breaks, all you have to do is vacuum the sand away.
If you want the sandbags to be more visually appealing, you can make covers that match your outdoor furniture or fit the aesthetic of your backyard. Measure the sandbags that are under your trampoline before you purchase the fabric and leave a few centimeters of extra room, just in case.
Use weather-proof or weather-resistant fabric so you don’t have to replace the sandbag covers after a few years of weather damage.
You will need 1 to 2 sandbags per support that your trampoline has. Depending on the size, trampolines typically have 3-5 rounded supports, so you will need to purchase 6 to 10 sandbags before you use your trampoline.
If you are okay with puncturing your artificial grass, you can use the trampoline wind stakes that come with your trampoline instead of sandbags. Most people won’t notice that the artificial grass is punctured, as the trampoline will hide it.
- The punctures the wind stakes cause in your artificial grass will especially be hidden if you brush the grass around the trampoline up to hide the stakes.
- The longer your artificial grass is, the less likely people will be able to see the trampoline wind stakes.
- It is cheaper to use the wind stakes that come with your trampoline to secure it because they are included in the retail price of the trampoline.
They may have to be pushed further into the ground periodically, especially if the trampoline is used frequently, but otherwise, you won’t have to think about them after they are installed. You can purchase replacement trampoline stakes if one gets lost or you want to make your trampoline more secure.
Overall, you can have a trampoline even if you have artificial grass instead of natural grass in your front or backyard. You just need to make sure that lawn pads are installed underneath where the trampoline will be.
If you know that you will eventually purchase a trampoline, install the lawn pads when the artificial grass is being installed. This will save you time and money in the long run.