Woody Taylor said:
Any input on what would make for a dog/kid/me friendly substrate to go under a playset I'm putting in the backyard? I don't want to use sand, and don't want to use pebbles...what would be safe for the dog yet a good play surface?....Thanks i
Here's a quote from the FAQs at http://www.swing-n-slide.com/faq.htm
Soft surfaces, laid after installation, are ideal under your swing set. Never place your swing set over hard surfaces like blacktop, concrete or packed earth where injury could result in the event of a fall. The CPSC recommends the following loose fill surfacing materials: wood mulch (9 depth), double shredded bark mulch (9 depth), uniform wood chips (12 depth), fine sand (12 depth) and fine gravel (12 depth). Refer to the Safe Assembly Practices for more complete information on surfacing materials. END
I remember from my own \"jungle gym\" when I was a kid (and from copying it when my kids were little) that the important part was the depth of the \"floor\" under the playset.
Our set was fixed in a big square hole he dug, as I recall maybe 10\" deep, then the hole was filled with wood chips. Otherwise it's an eternal job to keep the chips where you want them.
Maybe certain types of wood chips are better.......I don't know if some might be poisonous to dogs (pups) who might just make a meal of them. We had adult dogs then.