Wouldn’t it be great if owning trampoline were as easy as just placing it in your backyard and forgetting about it? Unfortunately, this is not the case. The good thing is that taking care of your trampoline and lawn isn’t too difficult.
When you own a trampoline, you need to consider the effect it will have on your lawn and what you need to do to keep it in good condition.
In order to help you get a better understanding of how to do this, we’re going to go over three important topics:
- Will a trampoline kill the grass?
- How to grow grass under your trampoline
- How to cut the grass under your trampoline
These are topics that many people don’t consider when they buy a trampoline. Luckily for you, we’re going to be sharing some tips & tricks to better maintain your yard and get rid of that grudge you may have against your trampoline!
Firstly, Will a Trampoline Kill the Grass?
You may have or haven’t thought about whether a trampoline will kill the grass in your yard. The reality of this is that there is no definite answer. There are many different things at play which can generate different outcomes.
Getting to the question of whether trampolines kill grass or not, more often than not the answer is yes. A common consequence when there are no precautions taken is that grass becomes too dry & nutrient deficient, resulting in an undesirable patch right underneath your trampoline.
An outcome that many don’t anticipate is the grass under their trampoline actually thriving more than the rest of their yard. This happens when hot, sunny climate creates shady areas better for grass to grow in.
Depending on the typical seasonal changes in your geographic location, the grass may always die, always thrive, or change with the seasons. That being said, it doesn’t have to stay that way. There are numerous ways to maintain your lawn even with the interference of a trampoline.
Another factor that helps to determine whether or not the grass will grow under your trampoline is the material the jumping mat is made of.
Many trampoline mats are made of thick, material that blocks a lot of sunlight. Other trampolines may have material that is more porous, allowing sunlight to pass through more effectively.
Some trampolines have a heavy frame that can cause the grass under it to die. An additional risk includes soft, sinking soil that causes the trampoline to become lopsided. A trampoline that isn’t on level ground puts people at greater risk of injury.
As you’ve probably noticed by now, it is really important to take into consideration the effect your trampoline will have on your yard. If you can take the necessary measures to prevent avoidable problems, then you will have much less to worry about when it comes to your beautiful yard as well as the safety of your kids.
How to Get Grass to Grow Under a Trampoline
There are several things you can do to help the grass grow better underneath your trampoline. One of the most common solutions to creating a better environment for your lawn is by moving your trampoline around the yard.
Moving your trampoline around your yard may be a difficult task, especially if it is particularly large and heavy. Fortunately, if you haven’t picked up a trampoline yet, you can opt for a model that is more lightweight and designed to be moved around.
Changing the spot your trampoline sits in your lawn should be done anywhere from once a week to every other week. This allows the grass to get enough sunlight and pressure relief so it doesn’t become permanently damaged.
Is it Safe to Put a Sprinkler Under a Trampoline?
If you’re wondering if you could put a sprinkler under your trampoline to help your grass get some more water, the answer is yes. This will allow for your grass to get some well-needed moisture so it doesn’t get too dry.
Are you worried about the water causing potential damage to your trampoline? There is good news regarding this. As long as your trampoline mats are secure and your frame is galvanized or protected, the water will have no negative effects on your trampoline.
Aside from providing the grass underneath with water, a sprinkler underneath your trampoline can be extra fun. Some people say that jumping on a wet trampoline on a hot summer day is a ton of fun, so don’t be afraid to try it out if you’d like!
If you decide to do this, make sure you proceed with caution. It is best if your trampoline has protective netting around it to ensure nobody slips off of it. You should also double check to make sure the mat is securely in place so no springs are visible.
Finally, How to Cut the Grass Under Your Trampoline
One of the biggest questions trampoline owners come across is how to cut the grass underneath. This space tends to be quite awkward, leaving most at a loss for when it comes to maintaining the grass below.
Sure, you can just let the grass die or leave it to grow. But if you’re someone who cares about the way your yard looks, then you’ll want to consider our following suggestions.
Adjust the Handle of Your Lawn Mower
The nice thing is that there are several ways to take care of the task, one of them being to simply run your lawn mower underneath. You might be thinking, how do I do this? It’s actually quite simple.
Most lawn mowers come with adjustable handles. If your specific model can be lowered enough to safely cruise under your trampoline, then your problem is solved! This method comes in handy if you have a large trampoline that you are unable to move.
Consider that most trampolines sit at approximately 3 feet above the ground. That is 36 inches on average. If you can adjust your lawn mower’s handle to below 20-25 inches (depending on the height of your trampoline), then you should be able to pull this off.
Unsure of how to adjust the handle of your lawn mower?
You can always check your manual to access the instructions on how to make the proper adjustments. This method is great since it comes at no cost and is extremely convenient once you figure it out.
Of Course You Could Just Move Your Trampoline Regularly
If you don’t have the convenience of an adjustable lawn mower handle, then another simple solution is to move your trampoline. This is ideal if the size and weight aren’t too much. All you have to do is move your trampoline to a new, safe spot every time you mow the lawn.
For trampolines that are too difficult to move around, then this may not be the best option. If you have helping hands around, then you can ask for some assistance when the time comes around. The benefit of simply moving your trampoline is that it has no costs on your end.
Best Lawn Mowers for Cutting Grass Under Trampolines
Ever Considered Investing in a Robot Lawn Mower?
For those of you who are willing to spend for convenience, then consider purchasing a robot lawn mower. One of these machines will mow the lawn for you without you having to do the labor yourself.
Since they are remote controlled, there is no handle build into the structure. That makes it so you can simply mow it underneath your trampoline without any worries of there not being enough space.
Several popular robot lawn mowers include:
- Husqvarna Automower 315X
- Robomow RS612
- Gardena 4069 R80Li Robotic Lawnmower
- McCulloch 7 in. ROB 1000
These bad boys range anywhere from $1,000-$2,500, so be ready to spend quite a pretty penny.
If that’s not in your budget however there are a still a few “normal” options.
A Lawn Mower With Low Handle Adjustments
If your current lawn mower doesn’t adjust low enough for you to mow underneath your trampoline, then you may want to consider purchasing a new one.
Like we mentioned earlier, most trampolines sit at approximately 3 feet above the ground. You’ll want to be able to get the handle down to 20-25 inches so you can safely mow the lawn underneath.
Manual Reel Mower
A manual reel mower is a great option since you don’t have to worry about adjusting the handle. All you need to do is angle the mower correctly so you can get underneath your trampoline.
Push mowers don’t require any power, so once you buy one you won’t have to worry about charging it, filling it with gas, etc.
Use a Scythe Instead of a Lawn Mower
If adjusting your lawn mower isn’t an option and moving the trampoline isn’t going to cut it, then consider purchasing a scythe to take care of the grass underneath. Though it is a manual method, in many cases it is actually safer.
In fact a lawn scythe is my preferred method!
This tool hearkens back to the days of our grandparents and their grandparents but the simple fact of the matter is that this basic hand tool makes cutting underneath things easy.
In fact a scythe makes cutting just about any grass easy! Check this short video out and be amazed! This seriously blew me away when I saw for the first time and it made me realize just how easy a scythe was to use!
When approaching the task with a scythe, it’s important to take the time to learn how to properly use a scythe. The blade is large so much caution is required. It will also require manual labor on your end, which may not be the best option.
Use a Weed Whacker
If you have a weed whacker on hand, then it may serve as a useful tool to reach the area underneath your trampoline with ease. Thanks to the slim design, a weed whacker offers a lightweight option that may be easier to use than your lawn mower.
Alternatives to Consider
If you have made it all this way and aren’t feeling the whole trying to keep your grass alive thing, then there are other alternatives to choose from. Maybe you already tried these methods out and aren’t able to keep up the maintenance. Whatever the deal is, you’ll be happy to know the options don’t stop there.
Alternatives to continuing the maintenance of the grass under your trampoline include:
- Placing a synthetic grass mat underneath
- Creating an area of gravel to place your trampoline
- Mulching an area of your lawn
- Building a sunken trampoline
Whatever you choose to do, it’s always important to prioritize safety. As long as your trampoline is placed on a level surface that can properly absorb shock from the impact of jumping, there should be no problems in terms of safety.
Maintaining the grass in your yard is made easy if you follow our suggestions. Make sure to check out our other articles for more tips, tricks, and advice when it comes to owning a trampoline!