How to Border Woodchips on a Playground

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How to Border Woodchips on a Playground
Border your child's playground with wood chips. (playground image by Lori Pagel from

Playgrounds can provide hours of fun for children and can give parents a break for a while as their children play. A great way to add a touch of landscaping to your playground is to create a perimeter or border, to separate the playground from the rest of the yard. Instead of spending more money installing a fence around a playground, you can consider bordering the area using wood chips, which are much more affordable than fencing materials.

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Things you need

  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch spade drill bit
  • 2-foot long rebar stakes
  • Landscaping timbers
  • Shovel
  • Rake or hoe
  • Plastic sheeting or Visqueen
  • Wood chips

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    Dig a perimeter around your playground area, about 6 to 8-inches deep, and four feet wide. Smooth out the area with a rake or hoe to make the perimeter hole flat and even all around. Ensure that you leave an opening for an entrance, about 4-feet wide.

  2. 2

    Measure the perimeter with a tape measure, then obtain landscaping timbers. These are typically 8-feet long and are sold at most home and garden stores. You can cut them later to fit the perimeter.

  3. 3

    Fit the timbers inside, along all sides of the hole perimeter, then drill three holes through each timber using a half inch spade drill bit.

  4. 4

    Hammer 2-foot long cut rebar into each hole, leaving 4-inches protruding out of the timbers.

  5. 5

    Line up another set of landscaping timbers to put on top of the first set, and mark them to drill the holes to fit over the rebar.

  6. 6

    Place the next set of landscaping timbers on top of the first, then hammer the rebar flush with the timbers. This will secure the timber perimeter.

  7. 7

    Place Visqueen or plastic sheeting in the interior of the perimeter, covering the entire dirt surface between the timbers. This will impede the growth of weeds into the wood chips.

  8. 8

    Fill the area evenly with your preferred wood chips. Fill it just about an inch away from the top of the timbers to keep the chips from falling over the sides.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of creating a landscaped border, you can fill the entire playground area with wood chips or mulch to create a soft landing area, in case a child falls off of playground equipment.

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