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What is a good material to go under a swing set?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by birddseedd, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    still wood tho. wouldnt be fun to fall on
  2. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 354

    Here's what I will say about that rubber mulch. Whatever color you get, be prepared for everything to be stained that color. Kids shoes, clothes, socks etc. And also, I was in 5th grade when my school got that stuff and we all thought we were indestructible on it because it seemed so soft to land on. I think there were ten kids at school who broke arms during the first month of having it, I being one of them. The school removed it the following year and went back to wood chips. If you've got kids, I'm thinking just about anything you put down will get tracked in the house, but I think wood chips or pea gravel are best.

    YardBros Outdoors
  3. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659


    That's interesting, I don't know the statistics, but I could see how kids would think there indestructible with it.
  4. neighborguy

    neighborguy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    Kids think they are indestructible no matter what...
  5. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 354

    Thats a good point haha sometimes i still think I am

    YardBros Outdoors
  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    I have pea gravel under the swing set at my house. Falling on anything will hurt. I hate the pea gravel in my grass
  7. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,021

    I'm with cpllawncare.
    Rubber mulch
  8. TFLE

    TFLE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 289

    The rubber mulch is awesome... sweet stuff. If your looking to be cost efficient then I would say chips is a solid option. You could always go regular mulch, it's dirty though but I do have some customer who have it. I would look and see what other "recycled materials" are out there. You may be able to get ground rubber that isn't necessarily "rubber mulch". just spitballing ideas.
  9. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582


    did three enclosures last season and one very large one the season before. the pea gravel is the way to go

    one time and done--no refreshment
    drains water better so there are more "playable" days on the set--even in the spring and after rainstorms
    very inexpensive
    cushions falls well--my son has taken some quality falls and he has been fine (knocking on wood)

    cons to the rubber
    very expensive
    very hot on the feet when in direct sunlight--surface of the sun hot
    blows away with strong wind and/or blowers
  10. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    Hay (whatever variety is least expensive in you area) over play sand.

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