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Monday, March 21st 2011, 10:23am

Has anyone turned their back garden into a playground?!

Hi all,
I am daydreaming about turning our back garden into a playground!
(And also daydreaming about not having to cut the grass :snigger: )
Has anyone put down a safe surface in their gardens? I'm just learning about this, but there seems to be mulch, rubber mulch, poured rubber, and tiles...
I'm looking for something really cheap, with zero maintenance, and will protect very precious little heads if the girls fall.
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Monday, March 21st 2011, 2:47pm

Hiya Blue,
We are planning something along those lines, a fenced off lawn with a gate so we can light the barbeque and the littlies can't get near it. In one corner we are going to have a big square of bark chippings with a weed suppressing membrane underneath to stop the pesky dandelions from poking through, then we are going to plonk a climbing frame on top. I had visions of a beautiful wooden construction with a slide and a swing but what I think we will end up with is a plastic Little Tikes thingummy that is lightweight enough to move house with us if we decide we want to. Also I am less and less in favour of swings, they need to be pushed and mummy has other things to do (for example sitting on the patio with a glass of wine). I am not digging up the lawn, I like the look of grass and I like it for putting the paddling pool on, but bark chippings would do the trick for that too so long as its a decent paddling pool with a good thick base. My husband can mow the lawn with only a little bit of nagging!

How times have changed, I fell off the monkey bars at our local playground when I was little and there was no rubberised tarmac back in the 70s, I whacked my noggin straight on to the hard concrete. I can almost still feel the pain now!

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Tuesday, March 22nd 2011, 8:32pm

we got a slide + lil tikes cube o the lawn. soft enough without going OTT :)
my main concerns is the grantite wall in the garden its a foot high this side but 3ft the other and bubs being the adventurous sort i can see him climbing/falling over it!


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Tuesday, March 22nd 2011, 10:14pm

Hiya

My friends have done this kind of thing and used bark like stuff for the floor and its really sharp to walk on in bare feet, it really hurt my feet and they were disappointed in it. I'm not sure whether you plan to let your kids on there in bare feet but if so be careful what you choose because this stuff was really painful.

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Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 8:26am

Mrs J - we are going down the brightly coloured plastic Little Tikes route! I'm surprised at how expensive it all is though, I'll be getting it second hand. For the wood chippings, have you seen the rubber mulch? I think its meant to be more shock-absorbing (so the pool its in doesn't have to be so deep), you need to replace it less often, and it comes in all colours. Or that's what I've found out from Googling, I have no experience of it. Oh, and its meant to be "green" too as it comes from old car tyres.

Poppit - I know what you meant about going OTT! Hope your adventurous little one stays safe :)

Lala - that is good to know, thank you. I don't think I can afford the bark thing because you have to prepare for it. I was thinking of some kind of rubber matting that will look absolutely naff, but easy to lay down and hopefully offer some protection (although I can't see how from the ones I've looked at).

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Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 9:34am

Blue, it all sounds very exciting. Can you please arrange for some nice summer weather too?

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Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 9:48am

Consider it done!
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Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 1:46pm

Hi all,
I am daydreaming about turning our back garden into a playground!
(And also daydreaming about not having to cut the grass :snigger: )


Is that not what husbands are for?!?

Can't help I'm afraid as we have grass and a large patio and are sticking with that. We also have a slide, a little tikes jungle climber, a trampoline, a swing, various ride ons, paddling pool, ball pool, tunnels, tents etc. Oh and some plants and trees amongst all that somewhere :snigger:

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Thursday, March 24th 2011, 8:11am

Hi all,
I am daydreaming about turning our back garden into a playground!
(And also daydreaming about not having to cut the grass :snigger: )


Is that not what husbands are for?!?



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