How to Keep a Trampoline From Blowing Away

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Last updated: May 4, 2021

If you have a trampoline in your backyard, or if you’re about to purchase one, you may be wondering how to keep the trampoline secured during high winds, storms, or even hurricanes.

We’ve all seen videos of trampolines getting blown away during extreme weather, which is obviously something we want to avoid.

In this guide, I am going to walk you through some options to keep a trampoline from blowing away, so it stays secured in your backyard.

Tips to Secure a Trampoline During High Winds

First things first, in case of predicted hurricanes and severe storms, try and move the trampoline indoors. Even if the trampoline is secured, a hurricane or heavy storm is too much of a risk.

In more common conditions, such as high winds, there are generally two options to keep a trampoline from blowing away without having to move it indoors:

  1. Anchoring the trampoline
  2. Weighing down the trampoline

Let’s discuss these two options in a bit more detail.

Wind damaged trampoline

1. Anchoring the Trampoline

A reliable and fairly easy way to ensure your trampoline doesn’t budge an inch during storms and high winds is to use anchors to secure it firmly in the ground.

The anchor you choose to use and how you install it depends on the trampoline model you have, where you’re located, and your personal preference.

There are typically two ways to anchor a trampoline:

  1. Anchor kits (with straps)
  2. Wind stakes

Let’s have a look at these two primary ways of anchoring a trampoline and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Anchor Kits (With Straps)

Done-for-you anchor kits usually consist of straps and corkscrew-like stakes. They provide an effective way to ensure your trampoline doesn’t blow away.

The anchors typically use high-quality galvanized steel, so they don’t rust or get corroded and can stay strong for years. They’re strong enough to hold down a larger-sized trampoline and keep it secure during strong winds.

There are two types of anchor kits, and the type you choose to use will mainly depend on the trampoline type.

U-Shaped Anchors:
Anchoring using steel U-shaped anchors is a basic way of securing a trampoline, and is also cheaper. They are easy to install with a hammer, and you can fit them directly around the trampoline’s main poles.

That said, they’re not the most reliable form of anchoring as they only provide basic protection.

Augers:
Most anchor kits will have augers, also known as corkscrew trampoline anchors. Due to its shape, an auger is considered a more reliable way of trampoline anchoring.

Augers are garden-friendly and relatively easy to set up. They twist into the ground like a corkscrew and have an attachment at the top where you attach the straps.

An example of a suitable anchor kit is this heavy-duty trampoline anchor kit.

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Heavy-duty trampoline anchor kit
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This anchor kit comes with a set of 4 heavy-duty trampoline stakes and trampoline anchors. The galvanized ground screws help prolong the anchor’s lifespan by reducing the chance of rusting and early deterioration.

The kit has metal buckles and rigid nylon straps. The steel corkscrew anchors wind into the ground deep enough to keep the trampoline stable.

An anchor kit like this will keep your trampoline safe during windy conditions, and is suitable for trampolines of all shapes.

Advantages and disadvantages of anchor kits:
Anchor kits (with augers) are the most reliable way of anchoring a trampoline, but they’re more expensive than simple wind stakes. Installation also requires a bit more effort, but once it’s done, it’s done.

Wind Stakes

Wind stakes are generally less complex than anchor kits. They come in “J” or “U” shapes to secure your trampoline to the ground over its legs.

They can vary in length between 10 to 14 inches, which is sufficient to go deep enough to safely secure your trampoline. The only tool you require to install wind stakes is basically a hammer.

An example of suitable wind stakes is this HelleX trampoline stakes set.

Trampoline stakes set
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This particular wind stakes set comes with a trampoline tube leg diameter of up to 2.5 inches, making it compatible with most trampolines. It’s manufactured such that it’s rust-resistant with its high-grade zinc plate finish galvanized steel.

One set consists of 8 pieces of heavy-duty U-shaped stakes that make it of better value than some of the others available. Two stakes are placed for each leg to help stabilize your trampoline.

You can quickly install these wind stakes with a rubber hammer.

Advantages and disadvantages of wind stakes:
Using wind stakes to anchor a trampoline is a simple, easy, cheap and quick solution, but perhaps not as reliable as anchor kits with augers. The setup is easy, and no expensive tools or equipment is required to get the job done.

2. Weighing Down the Trampoline

If you’re all caught up and don’t have wind stakes or anchor kits, don’t despair. You can also weigh down the trampoline to help secure it to the ground.

Sandbags

A basic and simple way of putting some weight on a trampoline is by using sandbags. You basically just have to place sandbags on the trampoline’s legs to hold it down and ensure it doesn’t move during storms and high winds.

Using sandbags, you can also secure a trampoline on a concrete-like surface where it’s not possible to use anchor kits or wind stakes. The more sandbags you place on the legs, the more secure your trampoline will be.

Although it may be time consuming to DIY a set of sandbags, it’s also a straight forward approach and you can use materials that are readily available; it doesn’t necessarily need to be sand.

An example of of sandbags is this set of Baser fillable garden weight bags.

Fillable garden weight bags
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This set with two or four fillable weight bags is perfect for increased stability of your trampoline. The bags come with handles, which makes them easy to move around.

The bags are made with durable fabric with teflon coating, making them suitable to deal with all types of weather. They come with a PE plastic bag to hold and seal the sand, and secure it with the sturdy velcro closure. The bags can carry a weight of up to 55 lbs.

Other Options

With a bit of imagination, there are other options available if you don’t have sandbags available.

Anything heavy will do the trick, such as old and heavy car tires. Rather than throwing them out, you can put them to good use by securing a trampoline, or any other backyard piece.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you’ve found this guide to securing a trampoline useful and has addressed some of the questions you may have had beforehand.

It’s important to make sure your trampoline doesn’t blow away. Mainly for safety reasons of course, but you also wouldn’t want to be in a position where you have to replace an expensive trampoline due to extensive wind damage.

If you’d like to read more about trampoline maintenance, check out my guide explaining how to patch a trampoline, and my guide explaining how to clean a trampoline mat, especially after winter.

 

How to keep a trampoline from blowing away

 
Thomas Dunnett

The backyard is the perfect place to bond with family and friends, to have a good time, or to simply relax with some fresh air and a bit of sunshine. With this website I am hoping to share my passion for the backyard with you.

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