Since the nearest playground is some 15-20 minutes from our house, both of us decided to get a playground on our property.
Both of us were able to find the most amazing playground for a reasonable price. I looked into what should be used for safety around the playground. Many people used mulch, but I didn’t like the system of having to re mulch every single year. Then I discovered rubber mulch which is guaranteed to last 12 years. Not to mention, you don’t have to make it as thick because it works better to protect the youngsters from falls. The thing is, this stuff is fancy. Of course, when you consider the amount of time it lasts, it’s worth the cost plus will end up costing less money than using mulch every single year. So I ordered 2 tons of this stuff because the playground is rather large, 24 square feet. I also ordered special edging for the playground that is also made from rubber to keep a safe border that the youngsters won’t hurt themselves on when running around like youngsters do. Both of us put down commercial geofabric plus then constructed the playground which undoubtedly took 2 afternoons to do. There wasn’t many people helping, that’s why it took so long. I kept having to take AC breaks consistently because the weather has been so hot. I can’t tell you how sweet that air conditioning felt. I undoubtedly considered putting some kind of cooling component in the playhouse at the top of the playground set, but after that I realized I could put a hose on the spiral slide to create an awesome water slide to provide enough cooling on overheated afternoons. The playground turned out to be a huge hit when it was finished, plus the rubber mulch turned out looking fantastic. I still might put a solar powered air conditioner in the playhouse though.