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Our Trampoline Garden

Over the past few weeks I have been spending some time out in the garden, it has been very neglected and while it was a little cooler I wanted to give it some TLC. Each Thursday over the coming weeks I will share with you the different projects I have completed in my backyard.


From sandpit to a beautiful garden
Our trampoline garden
Our new Vegetables Garden
Growing seedlings & How to store and organise seeds
Organising kids pool toys
Creating a potting bench and organising my gardening tools

A few years ago we had a rectangular trampoline for the kids, it fit in the backyard perfectly but was so annoying when it came time to mow the lawn, hubby (yes hubby mows, I have sworn I will never touch the lawn mower or BBQ LOL) used to have to move it quite a few times to be able to mow the lawn underneath, and it also killed the lawn in some areas, we had to regularly relocate it to different areas of the backyard just to look after the grass, it was rather annoying.  That trampoline broke, the kids were devastated and put in a request for a round trampoline ‘if’ they could have another one. I truly wanted them to have a trampoline they have so much fun jumping around, wrestling and doing gymnastics but I didn’t want it to ruin the backyard.

I saw a segment many many years ago on Better Homes and Gardens where they created a garden bed under the trampoline and I thought this would be absolutely perfect idea for shading for my Bromeliads.

Before, it’s a nice size area.  This is also the red frangipani tree that my mum gave me when we first moved into the house, I have taken cuttings from it and transplanted it to a different bed.

Trampoline looks out of place and as you can see would be hard to mow underneath

Against the fence used to be my veggie patch, but grass was just continuously coming through the fence from the neighbours, I gave up and soon it became a grass bed.  We marked out the shape of the garden bed with some spray paint.

My brother helped me with the muscle work, digging out the grass, cutting in the edging and filling the garden bed with good quality Searles Garden Soil Mix*.

The kids helped me by getting under the trampoline and planting some plants

As I planted the Bromeliads I used  Searles Cymbidium & Bromeliad Specialty Mix* around the plant, there was no need to use this speciality mix through the whole garden, just around the Broms.   I have planted most Broms directly into the ground, I have dug some pots into the ground, as these are pups which I have heard grow better in pots.  I have used bamboo sticks to help them stay upright.  Some of my Broms are very dry and had too much sun prior to planting, I hope with a bit of TLC they will come back.  Once I was finished planting all the plants we mulched using Searles Pine Bark Mulch*.

You can see we used the plastic garden barrier along the back fence to stop the neighbours weeds from coming through.  Miss 8 picked this smurf from Bunnings recently, I thought it was a sweet addition to the new garden.

After, I absolutely LOVE how this garden looks, it is exactly what I wanted, we don’t need to move the trampoline when mowing the lawn, it creates a great shaded area for my precious plants and it’s visually appealing.  Here you  can get a glimpse of our new veggie patch to the right which I will share with soon in this series.

HELP – To the left you can see I have put all my baby broms potted up under the trampoline, I have been trying to find somewhere that sells pot stands, to then put under the eaves of the house, but I can’t find anywhere, would be grateful if anybody can suggest somewhere.

Searles Cymbidium & Bromeliad Specialty Mix*

Searles Garden Soil Mix*

Searles Pine Bark Mulch*

Find Searles Products here

Garden Edging – Bunnings

Smurf – Bunnings

* I received products for editorial consideration, run in accordance with my disclosure policy.

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  • brisyvonne

    That looks great, also a home for your broms.ReplyCancel

  • Tash

    Bunnings should have some type of stand that you can put your pots on or maybe mitre 10ReplyCancel

  • Bella

    We did the same except we used a different type of succulent but it looks so much better than a weedy horrible bald patch.ReplyCancel

    • These type of plants as your succulents would be for having under the trampoline, I agree better than bald patch!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kaye

    You may have to get some one to make some…iron with mesh shelves welded would probably be ideal…I am trying for the same thing and thinking this might have to be my solution as well.ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous backyard!! Perfect for the kids!!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Ivana, we love it and the kids are really enjoying the edible garden which I will share with you next weekReplyCancel

  • AlyceB

    What a fabulous idea!ReplyCancel

  • Annaleis Topham

    That is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Harrington

    Love what you’ve done here with the trampoline and broms! I would never have thought of that. I think I will be doing this once our house is finished and we do the back yard as we’ll also have a trampoline and I love broms too. I’m just a lousy gardener!!ReplyCancel

  • Peta

    I completely agree…moving the trampoline is a PAIN!! But how strange, the grass under my trampoline (currently a round one, and I live in WA – and our old rectangle one, when we lived in Vic) grows extra green and extra fast! We’ve never had a problem with the grass dying. And in fact, I move it purely to get the grass growing in other areas of the lawn :)ReplyCancel

    • Ashleigh-Rose

      Just wondering do your children get wet on the trampoline? We live in north Queensland and our boys often play on the trampoline with the hose. As a result, our lawn under usually grows well.ReplyCancel

  • Beckles

    we did that, only because of drainage issues, we just wanted fine chip bark underneath. So before we put the bark down, to prevent any weed growing through, we laid down weed mat, the a thick layer of chip bark and a timber edging. Looks great and we extended the area to include a hops scotch we made some left over square pavers (we painted numbers using left over paint too), so kids have lots of play options :)ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    I’m sure Better Homes and Garden have done some sort of thing with hanging pots of trellis or that mess you use in Concrete and then attaching to wall and then hanging the pots from it somehow. I’m sure someone will have a link.ReplyCancel

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  • Mel

    My eldest, age 3, has started to ask for a trampoline and thinking it may be a nice surprise for Christmas. One of the things that have put my off the idea has been how and where to put it in the garden. Brilliant idea. Will be showing hubby later. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Glad it’s inspired you Mel, our old trampoline just killed the grass, having the trampoline in the garden makes it look so much better and I love having my plants underneath.ReplyCancel

  • vickie

    nice work, btw how many ft is your trampoline?ReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    We paved underneath ours ( with left over house bricks) as it was close to the garage and the grass died off every winter due to no sun.
    Garden bed great idea if you get sun all year round!!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Like the idea of paving underneath as well, Sonia.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Young

    Kmart have some great pot stands and pots, bright colours or copper and only $6 for the stand and $8 for the pot I think!

  • Gwenda Darling

    i use cheap aluminium shoe racks as pot plant stands. I got mine from Kmart. They have 3 graduated levels and the gaps in the wire allows the water to drain. My small succulents make a lovely display.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      What a great idea, Gwenda! I must have a look for them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh-Rose

    It looks wonderful. Just wondering if you did anything to prevent the trampoline legs from rusting due to the mulch holding down water?ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    That’s a great idea. We are lucky to have a friend who was able to get us some softfall mats for free. We created a play area for our kids that has their trampoline, swings and climbing equipment. Because the mats are white, we covered it with Astro turf so no need to move anything to mow. Hubby and the kids love it and it’s shaded all day because it’s surrounded by a ring of trees. Creating a backyard that the kids love to play in is a great investment in their physical development.ReplyCancel

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