Saturday, August 07, 2004

On Playground Bark and Concrete Tinting

Decided not to use recycled rubber mulch under the play structure. At first glance, it seemed like pretty neat stuff... comes in fun colors and is nice and spongy... but guess what it smells like? Tires! Duh...

Imagine how it smells on a hot day! No way. Also, a little online sleuthing dug up the fact that rubber mulch is toxic to plants, which will be nearby, gets hot enough for there to have been a lawsuit in which a child was burned, and the fumes aren't so healthy either. Back to good old playground bark.

I picked a color for the concrete mow strip: Flagstone brown! The mow strip will be poured or, rather, extruded on Monday.


  1. Anonymous9:00 PM

    Thanks so much for this GREAT garden blog.

    It's instructive to "watch" someone going through a landscaping project, from bids to completion.

    Also useful is the info about rubber mulch. We're choosing ground cover material for the side of our house, but now that I know that the rubber mulch stinks and can be toxic to plants, I'm back to DG, gravel or fines.

    Also good to know that concrete mow strips come in colors more natural than Plain Concrete!

    Your website is awesome, and so very helpful.

    Thank you!
    New Home Owner in Sacto County

  2. Aww, our newly-installed playground bark is commercially made but i am glad that it has no rubber or unpleasant odor emanating from it.