If you are currently creating a children’s play area you may well have arrived at the point where you are wondering what type of filler is best. Below we have a closer look at some of the most popular materials used for the surfaces of children’s play areas.
Many people avoid play bark because it is seen as being quite expensive. However, there are many advantages to this product. It is 100% natural, it does not easily blow away and packs down well to make a kind of carpet effect. Just make sure that it is regularly raked to get rid of any unwanted foreign objects.
Recycled Colored Woodchip
Recycled colored woodchip is a great play area filler. Again many people find it on the pricey side, but really it is value for money as its low moisture content means that it lasts 5 times longer than play bark product. A two-inch layer of colored woodchip is sufficient to block out sunlight and eradicate weed growth.
Pea Gravel is often used in playgrounds. It is definitely a cheaper alternative to woodchip or play bark. Furthermore, pea gravel looks very nice and decorative. Consider using edging to keep the pea gravel contained.
Grass and tree clippings can be ground up finely and turned into mulch. This recycled mulch is then used in children’s play areas. This option is good for limiting weed growth as the trees naturally have an in-built weed deterrent.
Artificial Grass Carpet
You could also consider using an artificial grass carpet. It dries quickly which means that the children will be able to play on it when the rest of the garden is still too wet. You can also remove it and place it elsewhere and clean it if need be.