Installation & Maintenance:
Properly preparing the play area for installation of rubber mulch will help assure many years of maximum safety with minimum maintenance. Instructions for installation:
When planning your playground area, please check out the National Program for Playground Safety website, http://www.playgroundsafety.org a resource for information on playground safety, planning playgrounds, fall surfacing guidelines, and more. Another source for information is the Handbook for Public Playground Safety, Pub. No. 325, available online at
Remove all existing surfacing materials such as sod, wood chips or gravel from the playground area. Remove any root, small stones, or vegetation.
A perimeter of rubber landscape timbers is suggested. Anchor borders in place. For increased safety and a customized look, place the timbers at ground level so children will not trip while at play by excavating down the depth of inches that rubber mulch is used.
Installation of a contractor's grade geotextile landscape fabric barrier under the play area is recommended to prevent the growth of weeds and reduce maintenance. Overlap all seams a minimum of 3 inches. Slit fabric to fit around equipment uprights. Unlike plastic sheeting, a fabric barrier will allow rain water to drain away quickly and provides a barrier between the soil & the rubber.
After preparing the area, rake the rubber mulch into place. It is suggested to use paint or a permanent marker to place lines at a 6" height from the soil on the playground equipment posts to maintain the correct depth of rubber. Install rubber mulch to the proper depth, mounding in the high traffic areas to allow for displacement. Hand rake to a smooth, finished surface. Install rubber wear mats in excessive wear areas such as slide exits, under swings and sliding poles.
Ongoing maintenance is limited to raking material back into place around high traffic areas to maintain a uniform depth.