basic landscaping tips and how-to's
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Landscaping can be a lot of fun and it really has a significant impact on the curb appeal of your home. Unfortunately, if you are inexperienced working with plants and hardscaping materials, you could have a very difficult time landscaping your yard. On my website you will find a lot of how-to instructions that can help you with the most basic landscaping projects. You will also find a few tips that can help you maintain your professionally landscaped yard. With a little information, you can have the yard that everyone in the neighborhood wants and admires and you will find that information on my website.


basic landscaping tips and how-to's

Consider Problems with Various Playground Surfacing Materials before Making a Decision

Lily Carroll

As you make plans for the new playground design, you must decide which surface material to have placed underneath the play equipment. Common products used for playground surfaces include various wood materials, recycled rubber, sand and pea gravel. The primary advantage of all these items is their relative flexibility for preventing injury if children fall. Each has its own particular disadvantages, however, that you should consider before making a choice. 

Wood Options

Wood and bark mulch and chips, as well as engineered wood fiber, are all useful for playground surfacing. One disadvantage involves wood's attraction for insects. Another is that kids can get splinters from wood. Wood also decomposes and eventually must be replaced. 

These materials are light. As children play on surfaces made of wood material, the wood can bounce out. Wood fiber, which consists of shredded wood, may be light enough for wind to blow it around. 


One primary disadvantage of sand is its appeal to cats for use as a litter box. It also can become compacted as kids play on it, which requires someone to shovel and rake the sand occasionally to keep it loose. Sand also tends to get into shoes and clothing, and the material may get tracked into the building.

If your region is prone to windy conditions, sand may not be ideal. In addition, wet sand becomes rigid and loses its cushioning effect.

Recycled Rubber

Rubber has several distinct disadvantages. It tends to get hot in the sunshine, and heat brings out the rubber odor. Rubber can leave black marks on children's hands, arms, and clothing. Like wood materials, rubber can bounce out of the play area. 

If you choose rubber, make sure you buy a product from a manufacturer that guarantees all steel has been removed. Metal in the rubber chips can poke like wires. There is also some concern about toxic chemicals in recycled rubber. 

Pea Gravel

Small stones have the bounce factor that's a problem with wood and rubber. They can be difficult to walk on. Pea gravel also is easy to pick up by the handful and throw, and it will typically travel further than the other materials.

Concluding Thoughts

No playground surfacing material is perfect. When you know the inherent problems with surfacing materials ahead of time, you can make a plan to effectively deal with those issues.

Consult a customer service representative at a landscaping supplies store for pricing on the various materials as well as expert advice to help you make your decision on landscape supplies in London, Ontario.