To some, the idea of jumping on a trampoline covered in the snow sounds like one of the most fun ideas.
To others, looking at a trampoline covered in snow gets them worried about someone getting hurt.
When it comes to the winter season, you should take into serious consideration whether or not you plan to take apart your trampoline or winterize it and hope for the best.
To winterize your trampoline, you should: remove the net enclosure, remove the spring cover, anchor down the trampoline, use a weather cover, regularly clean the trampoline, and regularly check the trampoline.
Read on to find out the most important part of winterizing your trampoline.
What to do with your trampoline during the winter
Before the winter comes, you should think long and hard about what exactly you want to do with your trampoline during winter.
You can either leave it out during the winter months and have to maintain the trampoline, or you could put it away for the winter and not worry about it until spring comes.
If you decide to put the trampoline away, you will have to take it apart and find a place to store it for a few months, which may be hard to find enough space.
If you decide to leave it outside, you will have to do a few things throughout the winter to maintain it so it is not ruined come spring.
First, let us talk about what it would take to take your trampoline apart.
Taking it apart
Taking apart a trampoline is the exact opposite of putting a trampoline together.
You can follow the steps in one of our previous articles to figure out how to put together your trampoline.
To take apart your trampoline, you will need the following tools:
- spring pull tool
- rubber mallet
- safety gloves
Start by removing all the springs using the spring pull tool.
The rubber mallet might be helpful in getting the springs out of the holes they are in, but be careful that you do not hit the springs or the trampoline too hard or either might break.
Then you can go along to each leg of the trampoline and use the screwdriver to take out all the screws from the legs.
At this point, put all the screws in a zip lock bag and all the springs in a box.
And if you have a box big enough, you can put the frame and the legs of the trampoline in that box.
Then store all the pieces together in your garage or in your basement.
Keep in mind that these pieces are going to take up a lot of space, so make sure you have space before you take the trampoline apart.
Keeping it outside
During the winter months, my kids usually spend most of their time inside.
They are not always keen on putting on a bunch of winter clothes to go outside and have fun.
But having a trampoline outside might make it worth it for your kids to put on all the winter clothes and have some fun on the trampoline.
So, if you want to still have the trampoline outside, it can be some great fun for your kids, but there are a few things you to do first.
Remove the net enclosure
While the frame, springs, and legs of the trampoline are typically made to withstand harsh temperatures, the net enclosure is not.
The net enclosure is typically made of really thin threading and if it gets cold during the winter, any minor bump against it might cause it to rip or tear in a way that will make it useless.
So one of the best things you can do for the net enclosure is to remove it for the wintertime.
Also, you might want to make sure it is clean before you store it, as storing it wet or dirty might shorten its life span.
Remove the spring pad
Just like the net enclosure, the spring pad is not really built to withstand extreme temperature changes, so the wet from rain or snow might do more damage to it than it is worth.
So, remove it and put it away for the winter.
And just like the net enclosure, make sure it is clean and dry before you put it away.
Anchor down the trampoline
Winter weather can sometimes lead to harsh weather conditions like high winds.
So anchoring down your trampoline can ensure that little or no damage is caused to your trampoline by it being blown away or over.
If you decide to anchor down your trampoline, it is best to do this before the winter months come.
Some of the best anchors you will find for your trampoline will need to have stakes driven into the ground and if you wait until the winter to do this, you may find it difficult to drive anything into the ground.
So decide before the winter months come that you are going to anchor down your trampoline.
One of the best trampoline anchors can be purchased from Amazon here.
Once you anchor your trampoline to the ground, there is little worry about your trampoline going anywhere during high winds portions of the winter months.
Use a weather cover
A weather cover for your trampoline can give the trampoline enough coverage to protect it from snow or rain during the winter months.
Weather covers are going to be waterproof, so it will help your trampoline mat and springs last longer.
You can purchase a weather cover for a trampoline here.
Unfortunately, while the weather cover is on, no one should be jumping on the trampoline.
But the weather cover can be taken off when the weather has settled down and your kids want to jump on the trampoline.
For the most part, though, it is a good idea to keep the weather cover on the trampoline so it can be protected from the harsh weather outside.
Regularly clean the trampoline
Lastly, it is going to be pretty tempting to jump on the trampoline when it is covered with a few inches of snow.
This seems like it could be a lot of fun, if not just fun to watch.
But jumping on a trampoline while it is covered in the snow actually decreases the life span of the trampoline.
The added weight of the snow PLUS someone jumping on it will put additional strain on the trampoline.
So clean off the trampoline whenever you get heavy snowfall onto it.
It is recommended that you stay away from using a snowblower or shovel to remove the snow from the trampoline.
Actually, you should use a broom to remove the snow from the trampoline.
The broom will be nice and gentle to the trampoline and should get most of the snow right off, while a snowblower or shovel will cause damage to the trampoline.
Clean the snow off of the trampoline before anyone tries to jump on it.
Regularly check the trampoline
Do not assume that your trampoline will be just fine during the winter.
Make sure to walk around the trampoline and check that all the parts are staying together.
Check all the screws and bolts and make sure they are still in place and tightened.
Make sure all the springs are not getting worn out and rusted.
And adjust anything that needs to be adjusted.
If you make sure to check your trampoline, you will help it last longer than you probably originally hoped for.
The winter months can be a time when your kids do not spend as much time outside.
Consider this when thinking about what you want to do with your trampoline during the winter.
If you want to keep your trampoline put away inside, make sure you have space and put away your trampoline neatly and nicely.
If you want to keep your trampoline outside, make sure to remove the net enclosure, remove the spring pad, anchor down your trampoline, clean it regularly, and check all the parts regularly.