We all remember the playgrounds from our youth; they were usually built on hard dirt with little or no grass. Taking a tumble wasn’t very pleasant. Today, playgrounds are surrounded by material that’s designed to provide soft landings for energetic children.
Over the years a variety of fill materials have become popular, including wood mulch, sand, and fine gravel. However, rubber mulch is quickly becoming the most commonly used fill material. You may have noticed rubber mulch on local playgrounds and at daycare centers, where ensuring the safety of children is the highest priority.
Here are a few tips to remember when purchasing rubber mulch to surround your playset:
- For the mulch to provide the proper cushioning, it should be at least six inches deep and totally surround the playset area.
- Before the playset can be installed, a base must be dug to accommodate the rubber mulch. Once that step has been completed, a liner should be put down.
- The best type of liner is a geotextile fabric barrier –a fancy term for a lining that prevents plant growth but allows moisture to drain. Do-it-yourselfers can purchase the material from landscape companies.
The most obvious benefit of rubber mulch is safety, but there are a variety of other reasons to consider this fill material:
- Soft – rubber mulch is soft and cushions falls, which reduces the possibilities of injuries.
- Durable – unlike wood mulch, rubber mulch can last up to 10 years before it needs to be replaced.
- Color – available in a variety of colors, rubber mulch doesn’t fade and makes your play area brighter and more appealing.
- Recyclable – most rubber mulch is created by recycling old tires, which means it helps the environment while protecting little tykes.
- Bugs be Gone – bugs and burrowing rodents aren’t big fans of rubber mulch, they prefer the natural wood mulch.
- Maintenance – the only maintenance you’ll have to perform is raking out the mulch so that it covers the ground evenly. Leaves and grass that blow onto the mulch can be easily removed.
- No Slips or Slides – after a rainstorm or when snow is melting, wood mulch can absorb moisture and become slippery. Rubber mulch sheds water, which drains naturally.
With rubber mulch, all of your children’s landings will be safe and happy. Don’t know how much you need? Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores has an easy to use calculator on our website.Tweet