Children’s safety should always be a priority. When you use Greenvale’s Play Bark underneath playground equipment you can rest easy, knowing that you are using a product that meets British safety standards.
What is Play Bark?
The designation “Play Bark” is a relatively recent one. Play Bark is a shock absorbing material that can be used under playground equipment such as swings, slides, and climbing areas to help prevent serious head injuries in case of falls. Play Bark is an ordinary bark mulch, but one that is free of toxic chemicals so that it can be safely used around children.
While other shock absorbing materials, such as sand are considered acceptable under playground equipment, bark mulch gives you several added benefits.
Play Bark does not compact easily as sand can. It retains its loose, shock-absorbing nature, especially when properly maintained. It is more attractive than sand and it can be used in your flower and vegetable beds and any other place were mulch is routinely used.
Common Questions about Using Play Bark
What age children can Play Bark be used for?
Since infants and toddlers do tend to put objects in their mouth, loose fill materials such as Play Bark are considered appropriate for older children, rather than the smaller set. Always supervise small children closely when on any playground.
Should I use a unitary material underneath Play Bark?
Shock absorbing unitary materials, such as specially-designed rubber matting, are also considered a safe alternative playground surfacing material, especially in playgrounds designed for use by toddlers, who might put loose material such as Play Bark in their mouths. Installing rubber matting before laying down Play Bark will provide a measure of extra safety in case the bark gets scattered and thin in some areas; however, you will need to make sure that your drainage is adequate, so that the rubber matting will not mold.
In most cases, a thick layer of Play Bark, regularly maintained, is more than adequate.
How deep should Play Bark be?
When used under play equipment Play Bark should be at least 228 mm (9 inches) deep and 304 mm (12 inches) is preferable.
How do I maintain Play Bark?
Rake your playground area regular and make sure that it is level and adequately deep. Areas under swings tend to develop “pits” from the constant action of little feet, so make sure you fill these areas in regularly.
Greenvale’s Play Bark is available in cube bags (750 ltrs), large bags (40 ltrs) and in bulk. A cube bag covers an area of approximately 12 square metres when used at a depth of 75 mm.