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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:49 pm    Post subject: preparing area for children Reply with quote

sorry if this is in the worng place
i'm am buying a swing set for my kids for use in the summer. our back garden is wet, it always has been.

i'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas of what i could put on the ground under the swings so that the grass doesn't get ruined

i was 'thinking' about digging up the area and mabe putting down some bark mulch but i'm not sure. any ideas please

thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know what it's called but you can get stuff that looks like mulch but it's made from cut up tyres. The rubber looks quite good and will help the kids head if they come off the swing.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i would think in the wet weather it would go mouldy eventually,attract insects long term and animals would use it to poo in, Sad
personally i think those rubber mats are the best for cleanliness and should be able to be hosed down if any yucky accidents happen on it. Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you looked up the web site goplay.ie. They may have something that will suit you. Bark mulch does not work very well, it is a short term solution. It does get mouldy after a while. Also despite your best efforts the grass under a swing will get ruined no matter what you do. But the kids will have fun.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:50 pm    Post subject: play area Reply with quote

thanks everybody
yes i think the bark would be a messy idea and i dont like the idea of animals coming to explore it!!

the goplay website has some great ideas...thanks maeve
i like the matting idea and it says that a stabilising mesh can be installed under the mats for particularly wet sites.

thanks again,
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