One of the best things about pickleball is that is can be played anywhere and any time, including on existing tennis courts, indoors and outdoors at public facilities and with portable systems. If your home or community has a dedicated pickleball court -- or you play on the tennis courts and don’t want your spring game impeded -- there are a few simple things to do to maintain your court during harsh winter weather.

Preparing your pickleball court for the winter months is easy, once you educate yourself and acquire the proper supplies. Winterize your pickleball court with these 5 simple steps:

1. Remove and store windscreens – If you have a fence with windscreens on it, now is the time to remove them. Fold the screens and store them in a dry, safe area. They’re unnecessary since you won’t be playing, and this step will protect them from wear and tear.

2. Lower or remove pickleball nets – Don’t expect to play pickleball this winter? Take down any pickleball nets and store them inside. If you plan on playing as long as possible and want to skip this step, lower the nets so they’re under less pressure. Raising them for a quick game on a warm winter day is a cinch!

3. Clean leaves and debris from the court – Remove leaves, branches, dirt and other debris from the court. Failing to do so may result in stains, mildew and moss that could hinder the aesthetic and structural quality of your court.

4. Tackle stains before winter hits – The fall is the perfect time to address any stains on the pickleball court. Grab a soft brush, cleaning solution and gently buff away the stain. Skip aggressive power washers and use a garden hose, instead.

5. Repair cracks and holes – Seal and repair any existing cracks, holes or issues. Snow and ice will exacerbate the problem, causing cracks to expand and develop into even worse and more costly blemishes.

With a little bit of TLC, your pickleball court will remain beautiful and functional for decades. Winter maintenance should be a routine part of caring for your court, and as you can see – it’s the perfect project for a Saturday afternoon.