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How to Build a Great Playground in Your Own Backyard

How to Build a Great Playground in Your Own Backyard

Tired of driving forever to take your kids to the local park and playground? Transport the fun to the comfort of your backyard with Pro-Techs Surfacing’s guide to making a DIY playground in your yard. In this comprehensive guide, we give you all the tips and tricks you need to create a playground that will keep your children entertained for hours.

First, you’ll need to collect some essential materials for the creation of your playground. These include:

  • Landscape Timbers- the length will depend on the desired size of your playground
  • A hammer
  • Cordless drill/driver
  • Weed barrier (enough to cover the whole space inside your frame)
  • Utility knife for cutting and trimming the weed barrier.
  • A framing square
  • 7 inch galvanized pole barn nails
  • 5 inch exterior wood screws
  • a pair of contractors gloves (pro-tip, wear a pair of nitrile gloves underneath to keep your hands oh-so-soft)
  • Playground flooring: Try Pro-Techs Surfacing’s Perma-Play, Perma-Mulch or Perma-Turf applications for maximum safety and utility.

Once you’ve gathered all the necessary materials, refer to these simple instructions for getting your playground up and running:

Choose where you want your playground to be: The first thing you need to do is choose your site. Once you know the location and the size you can finalize your materials list. Make sure you choose a site that accommodates your playset of choice. You don’t want your children flying off the swing and out of the playground! As far as the location, if you have an option, choose a nice flat site, because bumps can severely inhibit construction.

Prep the Site: Preparing the site entails scraping and leveling the rectangle and making sure it’s ready for construction to begin.

Position the playset: Once the playset is constructed, or if you bought a playset already built,  now is the time to move it into the perfect position. You can use a chain with a tractor bucket to gently lift the play set and slide it into position. Make sure you use a level to orient your playset and to avoid leaning.

Lay out the landscape timbers: The next step is to get the ground contact layer of timbers in place to define the perimeter.  Make sure you like the position and shape of the rectangle you’re creating.  Make sure you get your corners to a 90 degree angle. Once you’re happy with the rectangle you can start driving your 7 inch pole barn nails.  These will keep the bottom layer pinned to the ground and prevent movement.

Finish up: The next few steps entail building up the walls, laying out the weed barrier and filling the area with the flooring, which is where Pro-Techs Surfacing comes in. Our Perma-Mulch, Perma-Play and Perma-Turf applications are great options for your playground flooring needs due to their softness, environmental-friendliness, safety and cost-effectiveness. Once you’ve had a simple and successful experience securing flooring with Pro-Techs surfacing, just trim the weed barrier and enjoy your new playground!

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