Do you keep your inground or above ground trampoline available for use year-round? If so, you may want to practice some autumn trampoline care that will help you use it safely and to protect the trampoline equipment and the jump mat as well.
There is really no reason you can’t use your trampoline year-round — if you live in an area of the country that isn’t plagued with snow and ice. If you live in the northeast, for example, jumping on your trampoline when the jump mat has been frozen or is covered in snow could lead to its tearing and to it not being as jumpable as it would be if it wasn’t stiff from cold and ice. If you live in the frozen areas of the country you may need to resign yourself to not using your trampoline in the winter.
Autumn Trampoline Care
Caring for your trampoline in the autumn months could simply mean you’re spending more time cleaning off the cover before you jump on.
- Clean off the cover. If the cover of the trampoline has leaves and dirt and other debris on it, make sure you clean off the cover before you remove it. If you simply pull the cover off, the debris will fall on to the jump mat and you don’t want that. Use a soft brush or broom to remove dirt and debris.
- Clear off standing water before you remove the cover. In many areas of the country, autumn means a lot of rain. If your cover has standing water on it, get rid of the water — you can use a shop vac to remove the standing water. Again, you want to protect the jump mat from the standing water.
- If your area of the country is prone to high windstorms, you will want to make sure your trampoline is anchored — this is especially true for an above ground trampoline. If the wind gets under the trampoline it will lift it up, send it airborne and potentially damage it and the property it hits.
When you’re not on the trampoline make sure it is properly and completely covered. Cover the springs and check the trampoline and its components before any autumn storms blow through and after the storm has passed.
Unless there has been a freeze you should be able to rebound on your trampoline during the crisp, cool months of autumn.