Dad can we please please please get a trampoline? The one question any lawn loving dad doesn’t want to hear, but one that you weigh up when the kids are in a Covid19 lockdown for months on end. I won’t lie I mulled over the question for a few days, I stood in the backyard with a few beers and thought to myself – am I ready for this? but in the end I gave in, basically because I thought that I could kill two birds with one stone by getting one. One, they are out of the house and getting some exercise and having fun (which is the main thing), and two since it’s a new ‘toy’ we might just get a few months constant use out of it – making our lockdown a bit easier – but I did have a few back and forth moments thinking ‘what about the lawn’?
Trampolines are fun but can be somewhat of a nightmare for your lawn if you don’t take the right precautions. If you have one, you know that it’s a pain to mow under, the turf underneath doesn’t get the same amount of sunlight or water, and the turf that your trampoline sits on will die over time. So what is the best way of preventing damage to your lawn, I have heard of many techniques that people can use to try to limit the damage to their lawn like installing a sunken trampoline, putting your trampoline on wheels, putting bark or fake grass underneath it, but to be honest I’m going to keep it pretty simple and just:
Move it with every mow
The best method that we have found to keeping your lawn alive when you have a trampoline is to just move it around with every mow. Yes, the trampoline might be a little heavy but putting in the work to move it around each time you mow is a lot less work than trying to mow underneath it.
During Spring and Summer you will most likely be mowing every week. Each time you mow your lawn, mow the half of the yard that doesn’t have the trampoline, then move the trampoline to the side that you just mowed so that you can mow the other half of your lawn with no problems.
Moving your trampoline around as much as possible will ensure that none of your turf dies or is damaged from being underneath the legs for a long time and it makes sure that your turf is getting the same amount of sunlight and water.
The more places that you can move your trampoline, the better, because it will give your lawn more time to repair itself until you eventually move the trampoline back to the same spot again. Ideally, you want to give your lawn a chance to completely repair itself before moving the trampoline back to where it was, so that you don’t slowly start damaging your lawn which can lead to problems later on, like weeds.
It usually only takes a couple of days for any small areas to repair itself from minor damage, so moving your trampoline around once a week is perfectly fine.
A good tip that I’m using during Spring and Summer is to buy a few Seasol Lawn packs and spray it with every move.
Seasol Lawn Fertilisers are a pretty good option, in addition to your seasonal granular fertiliser routine, the advantages of using Seasol to try and prevent damage is that it:
- Reduces stress from heat
- Stimulates growth and enhances colour
- Promotes root system development
- Stimulates beneficial soil microbes
- Increases soil friability and reduces nutrient leaching
Seasol is a liquid fertiliser and health treatment all in one. It feeds and revitalises your lawn while it conditions the soil, so it looks after your soil above and below the ground.
It has the added bonus of Seasol which encourages vigorous, healthy growth with enhanced root system development, as well as improved natural resistance to various environmental stresses and some pest and disease.
However there’s another option…
I’m going to try everything I can to keep my lawn in tip top condition with a trampoline, but my mate who is also in the same position as me next door has taken a different approach, he figures that the cost of replace the turf when the kids eventually have enough of the their trampoline will be about $100 so he is going to be relaxed about it and not worry – which seems pretty good to I guess.