How do I know if my yard is level enough for a playset/swingset or trampoline?

You can easily determine if you yard is ready for a playset/swingset or trampoline installation! This is all you need to do!

Step 1: Measure out the area where the equipment will go. Make sure you have enough space around it’s actual size so the children will be able to use the equipment to the full extent.

Step 2: Determine the “levelness” of the area. Levelness is VERY different than a site being “flat”. A flat area can still be unlevel. If you are unsure, follow these remaining steps.

Step 3: Gather materials. You will need a line level, string (mason line), tape measure and a way to secure both ends of the string (I use wooden stakes but you can also use a screwdriver).

Step 4: Tie one end of the string to a wooden stake and hammer it into the ground at the highest elevation. (Make sure the string is touching the ground at the highest point)

Step 5: Hammer in the second stake across the area you have determined for your equipment.

Step 6: Tie the string loosely onto the second stake.

Step 7: Place the level on the string near the lowest elevation.

Step 8: Now pull the string tight. You do not want any sag in the string. Even the slightest dip will negatively affect your reading.

Step 9: Adjust the string up and down until you get a level reading (bubble should sit between two lines on the level).

Step 10: Once the string is level, measure from the ground to the string to see how far the ground is out of level.