ground cover for play structure
February 12, 2014 11:39 AM Subscribe
What's the best ground cover for underneath a small play structure we're planning on building in our backyard this spring? Any other tips for making a small backyard fun for little kids?
posted by logic vs love to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We're planning on putting something similar to this
up in our backyard soon. Right now, the ground is just plain dirt (and weeds). We were going to go with grass, but we're in California and the drought this year has me thinking a lawn might not be the best idea, so we're looking at alternatives. I've been trying to research it but I don't love any of the other options. Our two cats sneak into the backyard any chance they get and would use sand as a giant litter box. Bark/wood chips seem uncomfortable to walk on and easy to get stuck in socks and tracked in the house or whatever. The rubber mulch stuff seems like it would get gross and potentially smelly in our 100+ degree summer days. I'm leaning towards pea gravel perhaps, but I'm afraid our cats might still use that as a litter box. Are there other options I'm not considering? Should I just go with grass anyway? Does anyone have any personal opinions or experience on what would be best?
If it matters, we have a small yard. The playset will just barely fit with a little room leftover. It will be used by our very active 4-year-old son and our twin baby boys when they get a little older.
Bonus question: What other small, budget-friendly things can do with or put in our backyard to make it super fun for little kids? (I've tried looking through all the past related questions, but I'm hungry for more!)