Rubber Mulch for Schools

Playground Mulch for Preschools, Kindergartens, Elementary Schools, and Middle Schools

Public and private schools across the U.S. love rubber mulch for playgrounds. Rubber mulch is a safe, durable, clean, affordable alternative to wood chips, Pour n Play, sand, pea gravel, and other playground surfacing materials. Rubber Mulch Meets ASTM Fall Protection Standards. To meet ASTM standards for fall protection, government funded school playgrounds need 6 inches of rubber mulch. Churches, daycares, and private playgrounds generally need 3–4 inches. Depending on the depth, rubber mulch provides fall protection up to 12 feet.

Rubber mulch is also endorsed by the EPA, ADA compliant, IPEMA certified, and safe for children and the environment.

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Using pea gravel or wood mulch as a surfacing material for playgrounds results in battle scars for children and accident horror stories for their parents. What would be a small scrape or bruise on rubber mulch easily equates to broken bones, wood mulch slivers, concussions, severe cuts or worse on other playground surfaces. Reduce the chance of playground injuries by utilizing rubber mulch.

Unlike other playground surface materials, rubber mulch will not compact or turn into a hard surface, even after frequent use. It will continue to provide superior fall protection, keeping your playground safe through many years of daily use. Rubber mulch is non-toxic and safe for use around children and pets.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a guideline for public playgrounds, stating rubber mulch is an appropriate loose fill surfacing material for use on commercial playgrounds. Our rubber mulch is virtually wire free, providing a safe, shock absorbent surface which meets the strict ASTM regulations regarding impact attenuation of surfacing materials within the zone of playground equipment. Compared to various other materials, rubber mulch
provides superior fall protection and is the best playground surface for both
commercial and residential use.

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Best Playground Surface: Why Rubber Mulch is Better than Wood Chips and Other Playground Surfacing Materials

Think back to the playgrounds you used to visit as a kid. You probably didn’t really care what the surface was made of unless you fell on it and got hurt. Popular playground surface options include pea gravel, Pour N’ Play, sand, and wood chips. Rubber mulch for playgrounds is safer, cleaner, and easier to maintain.

Pea Gravel for Playgrounds

Pea gravel are small, smooth stones available in natural color ranges. While attractive in gardens, walkways, and around stepping stones, pea gravel is not ideal for playground surfacing. As you can imagine, falling and landing on stones can be extremely harmful. While pea gravel is better than nothing, only provides fall protection up to 7 feet and over time compresses into a hard, non-shock absorbent surface.

Pour N’ Play Playground Surfacing

Pour N’ Play (sometimes called PlayPour or Pour and Play) consists of rubber granules combined into a solid surface. This prevents the material from getting pushed out of the way and absorbs some of the impact from falls. However, after a few years of wear, Pour N’ Play starts to harden and lose shock absorbency, making it dangerous in a fall.

Sand Playground Surface

Playground sand provides up to 5 feet of fall protection, compared to rubber mulch’s 10 to 12 feet, and it compacts quickly upon impact, making for a more painful fall. Sand is messy, gets scorching hot in the sun, and attracts animals like a giant litterbox.

Wood Chips for Playgrounds

Wood chips have been the most popular playground surfacing material for years, despite needing regular replacement and causing splinters and slivers. Wood chips decay over time, attract pests, can be blown or washed away in harsh weather.

Rubber Mulch for Playgrounds

Unlike these other playground surfaces, playground rubber mulch offers 10–12 feet of fall protection, does not compact and harden over time, and does not rot or fade. It also deters weeds and pests, stays put in windy or rainy weather, and won’t get burning hot in the sun. The numerous benefits of rubber mulch make it the best playground surface for residential and commercial use.

Applications of Playground Rubber Mulch

Commercial Playground Application

In order to meet ASTM standards for fall protection, anywhere between 4” to 6” may be needed. Government funded playgrounds and schools need to apply a minimum of 6” of rubber mulch throughout the entire play area. For church, daycare and other private applications, typically 3” to 4” needs to be applied. The greater the depth of rubber mulch, the more fall protection it provides.

Residential Playground Application

For residential play area application, a depth of 3” is recommended. This will provide incredible fall protection for residential play areas. Depending on the structure in your backyard, you can adjust the depth accordingly.

Whatever you’re using rubber mulch for, our convenient playground mulch calculator will determine how many bags or pallets needed to get the proper amount of rubber mulch per square foot.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us! We are happy to help.

Order your playground rubber mulch from Best Rubber Mulch® and invest in a safe surface today.
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