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why not?
I mean its layed on the ground
I think that it's worth noting that Spikes was, when it was first introduced in Generation II, was the signature move of Pineco and Forretress. Neither are Ground types, and it's the only move that they both learn by level up that isn't Normal type, as well as the only Ground type move that they can learn, including TMs and egg moves. Furthermore, the only ground type Pokemon who can learn Spikes at all is Sandslash, which is only as of Generation 8. Also, considering that the spikes appearing in the move animation appear the be based on caltrops (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caltrop). With all of this in mind, it makes much more sense for Spikes to be a Steel type move, especially when you take into account the fact that Forretress is a Steel type Pokemon, and there are multiple other Steel types that are able to learn Spikes. Normal type would also make a lot of sense, considering that there is a very large variety of differently typed Pokemon that can learn Spikes. The only reason I can think of that there would be for making Spikes a Ground type move is that the spikes go on the ground. But in that case, why not just make it Normal type? I can see it not being Steel type because Pineco, which is not a Steel type, can also learn it, or maybe the move was created before they decided they were going to add the Steel type, and Ground just seemed like the type that fit the move best.

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The user lays a trap of spikes at the opposing team’s feet. The trap hurts Pokémon that switch into battle.

Another possible inspiration are literal ground spikes, which are basically just stakes to make installing things easier, (this might be a stretch) somewhat similar to how laying the trap of spikes makes beating the other team easier.

This ground spike is designed simplify the task of installing fences and other posts. Instead of digging a hole or mounting your post in concrete, this ground spike is simply driven into the earth and attached to your wooden post.

Source (Yes the source is Home Depot)

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Ground spikes wouldn't be pointing up, so they wouldn't really do anything  if you landed on them. Might hurt a little bit, but it wouldn't nearly be as effective as landing on the tip of a spike.
XD (filler)
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Take this with a grain of salt, since this is just a theory.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they are laid on the ground. Normal type Spikes wouldn't make too much sense. My theory is further supported by the fact that Flying type and Levitating Pokemon are immune to Spikes.

But if that is so, then why aren't Toxic Spikes and Stealth Rock Ground type?

That's because Toxic Spikes clearly mentions Poison and Stealth Rock mentions Rock types

Or this is just another case of Game Freak logic

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I always thought Flyers and Levitate Pokemon were immune because it was Ground type, not vice versa. I won't select this just yet, but I'll upvote for your time.
I don't really think either answer is better than the other, so I won't BA either. Thanks to both of you though.
ok, no problem
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Theory
I think I know this one. Game freak wanted something on the ground that hurts on switching but flying types are immune to it as they don't land on the ground. There was only 1 solution, make spikes ground moves as ground type doesn't effect flying types.
Hope this helps!
Source: logic

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But levitating/flying Pokémon are immune to all hazards besides Stealth Rock anyways...
So how does that matter?
That time game freak was still improving Pokémon. That was introduced in gen 2 and other hazards didn't exist then.
It made most sense at that time