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Old 07-18-2015, 07:46 AM   #1
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I want to add mulch under my son's swing set. The instructions say that rubber mulch is supposed to be good. I priced it out. In order to cover the area they recommend to the depth they recommend, it would cost over $6,000. Uhhh... Yeah... Not going to happen. I think they are just being insanely conservative to cover their butts.

I thought about getting some free wood chips from a tree service. But that is not treated and might attract bugs. Plus, they are in no rush to make it happen.

What kind of mulch is best and most cost effective? I'm in North Jersey.
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Sand would be better if he won't wear shoes . Though probably a peripheral issue , mulch would keep the ground softer & be better for the soil . I'm unaware of any insect problems with it , only insect benefits ! Namely EARTHWORMS ! Mulch tends to keep the ground from baking & hardening and allows worms to thrive .
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Cats loooove sand. LOL Sand sticks to clothes, mama is not going to be happy with sand in the house.
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Anyone ever seen a school, community park where they used mulch?
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Anyone ever seen a school, community park where they used mulch?

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Not mulch or compost. What I have usually seen is wood chips.
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We just had 9 yards of Safe T Mat Certified Playground Surfacing (ASTM) Engineered Wood Fiber delivered to cover a 484 sq. ft. play area 6 inches deep for kids playset and safety zone. Including delivery this was just under $300. Well worth it, kids love it, soft, and minimal splinters. This was in northern IL.

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I went to the local schools, saw what they used and then bought the same stuff.. Ended up being double shredded hard wood mulch.. Playground Mulch-uploadfromtaptalk1438565560025.jpg

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