if your grass can't get light, it's gonna die. doesn't matter what you put down over it. Best solution: make it moderately portable so you can move it around every week or so and the grass won't suffer.
You could have everything supported on a minimal amount of posts. Maybe even build a solid bottom frame and throw it on a few cinder blocks or something. If it's raise off the ground you could probably pull it off.
Or as mentioned make something portable and keep it moving to keep from destroying one area. Honestly the grass seems like less of an issue than it being an eyesore to me.
Good luck though.
Maybe just build it anyway and when he bitches be all like yolo and shit
DobberWhy do dads worry about grass? Who cares what a fucking yard looks like? old people are lame
Ya man my parents made a big deal about that to. I built a whole backyard summer setup and yesterday I got home from work and all of it was moved into a corner where you had 3 feet to land and then go into a fence and when I started it moving it back my dad threatened to get a chainsaw to it. Old people and especially my parents suck sometimes lol
iantheunderdogYa man my parents made a big deal about that to. I built a whole backyard summer setup and yesterday I got home from work and all of it was moved into a corner where you had 3 feet to land and then go into a fence and when I started it moving it back my dad threatened to get a chainsaw to it. Old people and especially my parents suck sometimes lol
Yesterday me and my family got back from vacation and I forgot to move my setup out off the grass before we left and we came home and my dad saw it still there. He started throwing shit everywhere and broke most of the stuff. Happy easter to me
hippy.killerYesterday me and my family got back from vacation and I forgot to move my setup out off the grass before we left and we came home and my dad saw it still there. He started throwing shit everywhere and broke most of the stuff. Happy easter to me
Dude, that blows.
My dad only cares about the front yard, so I can do what ever the fuck I want in the back yard.
Caucasian_AsianJust wait until you kids have a yard of your own
Dude... I have a lawn of my own to maintain and trust me I get this more than ever. Of course, I want to build a backyard setup, but I've been trying to figure out how to do it in order to not kill the lawn that I have to then re-grow. :)
I don't have an answer yet, but what I can tell you is that IF GRASS DOES NOT RECEIVE SUN IT DIES. End of story. No matter what you do to protect that grass, simply being covered is going to kill it.
I think as someone said the only way to make this work is to ensure the thing is portable, and that you store it off the grass when not in use. YOu'll also need to have a landing pad so you don't rip it to shreds every time you land.
However, if you had a fully portable thing - Drop in ramp, rail, and platform for falling off rail as well as landing - that was built on a foundation with as little grass touching as possible... you could do it. It'd require moving it every time you use it though. You would have to store everything immediately after use somewhere it isn't going to kill the grass - which won't be easy because it'll be big. As well, you'd have to move locations every time you use it. Never leave it in place either because really rapidly you'll be looking at a shitload of completely dead grass.
The other thing you could try is shifting the argument with your parents:
Instead of "Mom + Dad, I really want a backyard setup. Its super cool."
Use something like the following:
"Mom, Dad... I see so many other kids my age hanging out at the mall and doing drugs when they don't have enough things to do. It makes me sick. (Replace mall with whatever the fuck it is you kids do these days).
What I need is a backyard setup so I can truly pursue my dreams of being an Olympic Athlete like those three really cool American boys that won at Sochi, remember them? That guy with the Puppies was just such a positive role model, I want to do what he did.
Especially think about that fact that instead of hanging out with all these drug-dealing miscreants, I'd be here at home where you can know exactly what I'm doing pursuing my dreams of being an Olympic athlete. Think about all of that in relation to a few patches of dead grass!"
I mean 99% of that can be horseshit, but you get the picture.
Move your rails around. If you have a shed or side part of your yard, you can move your rails over there so that part of your grass doesn't get too rough. Also, using turf for landing will be good as long as its taken off the grass when you aren't riding. As for the drop in, theres not really a way around it. But moving your rails and having a decent area for landing will help!