As depicted in the pictures below, playscaping involves bordering-off a specified
area for playground use and then filling-in the area with either wood or rubberizing
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or partial playscaping service is now offered to our playset customers
who not only have safety considerations in mind, but also desire a
manicured, landscaped appearance to the playground area. Playscaping
the latest product offering by King of Swings in our effort to be a
one-stop shopping experience for all your playset and playground needs.
of Swings recommends that the playscaping project not be undertaken until after
the actual playset has been installed. Based on decisions you make the day
of the playset installation (not when originally ordered) will determine the
configuration of the playset and thereby its actual dimensions. King of Swings
professionally trained installers are prepared to install your playset a dozen
different ways, thereby enabling us to accomodate idiosyncrasies of your property
or other personal preferences. At any rate, once the playset dimensions are
determined, we can then provide size recommendations for the playscape area,
quote a firm
price, and commit to you an exact installation date for the playscape project
to be completed.
In trying to decide, in the first place, whether or not to playscape a specified
area around the playset, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. First,
there is nothing wrong with a playset being positioned on a lush grassy area.
The only negatives of grass are that kids may eventually kill the grass by
constantly playing in the area of the playset, and of course mowing the grass
various playset component can be a chore during the growing season. But at
least you can postpone the playscape decision on a wait-and-see basis if a
area is to be the eventual playground site of the playset installation. On
the other hand, if a natural/dirt area is to be the playground site of the
installation, then there is more a sense of urgency for at least ground-cover
(if not full playscaping) - because with each and every rain the site will
become muddy and so will"you-know-who". And secondly, of course,
playscaping certainly lends itself toward the accomplishment of a neat, manicured
thereby enhancing the overall landscape appearance of your property. And finally,
third (last but not least) are safety considerations. Although boo-boos
may never be eliminated from a child's play experience, it should be obvious
properly playscaping a playground area will certainly minimize their occurence
All Playscape constructions are bordered with 6 x 6 timbers which are pressure-treated
to ground contact specifications. The area will then be thoroughly covered with
landscaping "weed-block-fabric", which allows water to drain but not
grass or weeds to grow through. Finally, the area will be adequately covered
in Cypress mulch, although rubberized much is also available.
VS. RUBBERIZED MULCH:
King of Swings recommends the use of Cypress mulch rather than the rubberized
mulch for playgrounds for three (3) reasons. Pound for pound, rubberized
mulch is approximately five (5) times more expensive than Cypress mulch.
Cypress mulch has excellent moisture-retention capabilities, whereas rubberized
mulch absorbs nothing. And finally, bugs seem to hate Cypress mulch - ants
and spiders stay away from it. Also Cypress mulch is readily available and
can be purchased almost anywhere, whereas rubberized mulch can be a little
harder to find. The only disadvantage to any type of wood mulch, including
Cypress, is that it will decompose over time and you will, therefore, have
to add a few bags of it periodically to the playground area (4 or 5 bags
annually) so as to maintain desired levels.
A final word regarding the pricing of the playscaping services provided by
King of Swings. With our playsets, we guarantee our prices to be lower
than any other company - with our quality being second to none. After all,
are the manufacturer, not the middleman! However, the playscape services
offered by King of Swings will be only competitive with the thousands of
landscape companies doing business in metro Atlanta. If you have a long-standing
relationship with a landscaper providing reliable services to your property,
he could most likely build you a satisfactory playscape. And for the do-it-yourselfers,
this project, although laborious, is not rocket-science and could save
you some money if you have a free weekend, a vehicle capable of transporting
the necessary materials, and your back is not bothering you.