Step 1: find a trampoline that will fit in the space you want to use
In our case we needed a rectangular shape so that we would still have some yard left for other things
Step 2: ORDER IT right now otherwise you’ll just have a huge hole in the ground with nothing to put in it!
Step 3: order only the trampoline and disregard offers to have it installed professionally because you totally got this and geez, it’ll be cheaper right? Those install places charge a fortune!
Step 4: rent a backhoe for the day and start digging!
Step 5: have everyone watch and even have them “help” dig so they all feel involved
Step 6: keep digging and digging…at some point measure to see how deep you really need to go
Step 7: build the frame for the sides and put the trampoline in the hole
Step 8: fill in around the tramp with dirt. Call everyone over to help you and then fill some more. Wait for the dirt to settle and then fill in more… repeat over and over for about a week
Step 9: see that mountain of dirt? Just get used to that being there
Step 10: call everyone you know and ask them to come over and get some free dirt. Advertise on yard sale sites and talk to everyone you know about taking some dirt away.
Finally, use the leftover railroad ties and dirt and create a gigantic flowerbed thinking this will use up all the remaining dirt
Step 11: that uses a lot but not all of it. Resign yourself to the fact that you have a mound of dirt there and whatever. Let a year go by.
Step 12: get fed up with the dirt one day and just spread it out all over the yard on top of the gravel and then go get more gravel to put over the top of the dirt and give your arms a real good workout until about 1am
Step 13: after the padding completely falls apart 6 months later, order a new one and wonder why you didn’t do that from day 1. This one is so much better!
Step 14: put the kid’s basketball hoop next to the tramp, why did you never think of this before?