Step 1. Create A Perimeter Around the Playset:
You want to start by creating a boundary around the playset. Typically a distance of 6 feet around each structure and 12 feet of the play area by the swings on both sides. This allows enough room so that if a child falls further than the playset, there will be some surface area to cushion their fall.
Once you’ve determined your safe distance, create a frame using wood or rubber landscape timber. This will help with making sure that the mulch stays within that area. Otherwise, it will be all over the place and you really don’t want that.
Step 2. Measure the Height of Playset to Determine Fall Height:
Now, what you want to do is measure the height from the platform of the topmost deck, that your child/ren can stand on, to the ground. This is your fall height. The recommended height of the mulch is 9 inches. But, to be on the safe side, you want to put down 12 inches of mulch because, over time, wood chips tend to pack down and deteriorate.
Step 3. Remove All Grass, Plants and Other Debris Inside the Perimeter:
This is a necessary step in order to make sure that nothing grows through the mulch. This can cause some issues with pests and rotting of the mulch. So, you want to make sure that you start with a clean dirt area.