The Time of Year for Playground Mulch

Playground Mulch

AMC Consolidated provides mulch playground covering. Our playground mulch is in local school districts and housing developments. This high quality product provides much need safety and aesthetics for any play area.

AMC Consolidated currently uses green Douglas fir, SPF-spruce pine fir, and some hardwoods to create its playground mulch. Placing mulch on your playground you want to ensure that you pay attention to shock absorption (ASTM F1229-09). This standard guideline is based on the material and maximum height that will not cause head injury.

Lumber

When laying the mulch down consider the following for injury prevention:

  • Where your children’s feet land
  • Where your children’s feet leave the ground
  • Climbing areas
  • Swings
  • Monkey bars

These areas need to make sure that mulch is placed in these areas according to the ASTM F1229-09 i.e. 12″ depth. (please check guidelines for specific measurement.

When laying the mulch consider:

  • Drainage
  • Containing the playground area so the mulch is not tracked off
  • Keep in mind that over time mulch will compress so more depth is needed when initial laid
  • Maintain mulch depth for injury prevention

Playground mulch can bring a lot to your play area:

  • Seed germination reduction
  • Soil temperature regulation
  • Assists with reduction of weeds
  • Increases water absorption
  • Improves soil nutrients and structure for plants
  • Beautifies playgrounds with contrasting coloration
  • Decomposing bark mulch does not use soil nitrates

Playground covering

Protecting your children and their play areas are a priority that should be taken serious and with the best quality products. When choosing the best material for your playground keep in mind that rubber ground covering materials can cause a reaction to those allergic to latex and an allergic reaction can develop due to exposure.

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Mulch for Your Ground Covering

Landscape Ground Cover

Mulch is a protective covering that allows for vibrant finished appearance, and imitates the ground covering found in a forest. Mulch is one of the most beneficial materials you can do to your soil and plants.  Besides the items above mulch provides the following:

  • Seed germination reduction
  • Soil temperature regulation
  • Assists with drought and dessert conditions
  • Assists with reduction of weeds
  • Provides fertilizer
  • Encourages growth of beneficial soil organisms such as worms their feces is one of the best fertilizers, soil conditioners, and they till the soul
  • Keeps soil off plants especially during rain preventing crusting on plants
  • Increases water absorption
  • Improves soil nutrients and structure for plants
  • Beautifies trails, playgrounds, and gardens with contrasting coloration
  • Decomposing bark mulch does not use soil nitrates

Bark mulch once in place will last for years and is inexpensive with high benefits. When installing the bark it is best to layer two to three inches thick. Each season that mulch is applied will provide different benefits. Winter/early spring it will act as a slow insulator. Mid-summer will help maintain the highest soil temps into late fall. The best time to apply bark mulch is late spring or early summer. This provides best results because soil temperature is high and plants are well established after winter or planting.  The will provide the best coverage and provide the best benefits for your garden.

For further information you can contact AMC Consolidated or your local mulching company for further details.