If you have kids, you most likely have a play area in your yard. So how do you make a fun and functional area for your kids while maintaining the landscape? From our experience, here are the things to consider:
Designing the Space
The company that makes the play set should have options for a platform. Often times, they have “plastic timbers” that retain playground mulch. Playground mulch is a unique product actually made from rubber and is available in an array of vibrant colors to enhance your playground. It won’t break down like regular bark mulch, which will allow it to last a long time (some brands even offer a lifetime guarantee).
If you prefer the look of bark mulch, use the same type as you have installed in the beds around the yard. If you have stone in your driveway or on a path, consider using that material in the play area.
If your children are young, the path from your house to the play set will see a lot of traffic. The constant foot traffic won’t create optimal grass-growing conditions and may cause mud and weeds in the future. Consider adding a stone pathway from your house, deck or driveway.
Here is a before/after picture of a play-set area TGK designed and installed for a customer. We used small pea stone under the set and retained it with wooden timbers (two timbers high).