Playground Lessons

July 13, 2015

The most vivid memory of my childhood occurred late one warm afternoon at our neighborhood playground. This particular playground was not unlike many of the day with little more than a wooden structure connecting a slide, a tunnel and a set of monkey bars, sitting a top of an unkempt sand base filled with ruts and weeds.  

 

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Bringing Playground Funds to Life

July 09, 2015

As a new member of our PTA I was recently asked to head up the fund raising effort for our schools new playground initiative.  My heart immediately sank as I struggled to conceal my “excitement”.  That sounds like a wonderful opportunity I stated.  What I was really thinking was “oh no, not another fund raiser”!  It seems that the fundraising march is an endless one, where we are constantly inundated with requests from school clubs, sports teams and a whole host of other extra curricular activites that kids are involved in.   

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Playground Surfacing Options

July 08, 2015

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Do You Need Surfacing Altogether?

July 03, 2015

Let’s face it: playground surfacing is not cheap.  After shelling out several thousand dollars for a quality play system, not too many people are excited about digging into their pockets for yet another playground expense.  And so, pushing aside the niggling guilt feelings, the majority of parents decide, The ground under there is pretty soft already.  What can happen, anyway?

 

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Keeping Kids Safe on Rubber Mulch Playgrounds

July 02, 2015

How does rubber mulch rank on the safety scale, and how can kids be kept safer on rubber mulch playgrounds?  There are several factors to consider.

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Setting the Standard for Playground Protective Surfacing

July 01, 2015

Anyone who has ever been involved in the process of purchasing playground safety surfacing has probably been barraged with a host technical jargon related to safety performance and compliance issues. Technical terms such as G-max and Head Injury Criteria (or HIC) can be difficult to interpret and can make the purchasing process confusing. What do the safety standards mean? How do we interpret the data? And most importantly how do we ensure that we make the right surfacing decision for our playground?

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Keeping Kids Safe on Wood Mulch Playgrounds

June 30, 2015

How does wood mulch rank on the safety scale, and how can kids be kept safer on wood mulch playgrounds?  There are several factors to consider.

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Background of Rubber Mulch

June 29, 2015

Ever since Michelle Obama opted to install rubber playground mulch at the White House playground, rubber mulch has gotten a lot of coverage in the press—some positive, some negative.  However, not too many media sources have taken the time to explain in plain terminology: Just what IS this rubber playground mulch stuff, anyway?

 

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Rubber Mulch - Pros and Cons

June 26, 2015

How does rubber mulch rank on the safety scale, and how can kids be kept safer on rubber mulch playgrounds?  There are several factors to consider.

 

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Rubber Mulch vs. Wood Chips

June 23, 2015

The debate on whether rubber mulch or wood chips make the best mulching material for gardens and other landscaping projects around your home has been a constant one. Both have benefits and limitations, but ultimately, you will need to be informed on important issues and make comparisons before deciding which one best suits your needs.


Below, we weigh the qualities of both rubber mulch and wood chips against what they can contribute to your garden and landscaping.

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Rubber Mulch Vs. Pea Gravel

June 22, 2015

The primary role of playground surfacing materials should be to provide safety and protection, for children on the playground. The debate on whether rubber mulch or pea gravel is the better option is still an ongoing one, whether it’s among playground builders, parents, or concerned folks alike.


In order to make an informed choice between the two, it is important to look at the different attributes they offer to see how they measure up.

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Rubber Mulch vs. Rock

June 19, 2015

Gardeners, Zen practitioners, artists, writers, and many people appreciate the calming look and feel of a rock garden. It has a meditative quality that simply attracts those seeking a serene frame of mind.


When it comes to effective gardening however, the practical question of whether rocks offer more benefits than rubber mulch constantly comes up. Both products have very similar advantages and limitations to consider. Weighing these carefully is key to choosing the best mulching option for your own outdoor garden and landscaping needs.

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