Rubber Mulch Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is a rubber mulch pit necessary for a backyard playset?
Rubber mulch is not required. A Rubber Mulch Pit is
recommended as it helps ensure that your play area is as safe as possible in
the event of a fall. It also makes it very easy to mow around the area and
looks great! But, we understand that not all backyard swingsets
need a rubber mulch pit. The majority of our swingsets are installed right on
Q. How do I install a rubber mulch pit?
Q. Why Rubber Mulch and not organic mulch?
Rubber does not decompose like organic mulch, so you do
not need to keep replacing it or topping it off. It is a one-time purchase,
just like your trampoline or cedar
swingset. It offers a substantially higher critical fall height so it makes
backyard swingsets safer. Rubber does not absorb water like organic mulch or
wood chips so it dries very quickly after a rain and your kids can play shortly
after a summer storm. It does not attract bugs or animals and is a much cleaner
product. Unlike organic mulch, it does not compact, so you know it’s always
soft and cushiony.
Q. Why is your rubber mulch better than other rubber mulches?
We only use shredded Soft Landing Rubber Mulch, or SLRM.
Most other places sell chunked rubber. While chunked rubber is okay for
landscaping, it is simply not a good choice for under a playset. It has big
pointy pieces that roll around making it tough to walk on with any traction,
and painful to walk on bare foot. The chunked rubber usually contains a lot of
fibers that will decompose making it necessary to top it off occasionally,
where as our bags of shredded rubber
mulch bulk bags, ONLY contain shredded rubber.
Q. How does your rubber mulch price compare.
Pretty well if you do the math. Many people assume the
giant 2000 pound sacks of rubber are a better value because it feels like
you’re buying in bulk. But when compared apples to apples, i.e. coverage amount
necessary, not just weight, our rubber mulch stacks up pricewise and is
definitely a better quality. When a 2000 pound sack of rubber is delivered,
they usually have curbside delivery only, leaving you to figure out how to move
it to your install area. Our delivery service will have manageable rubber mulch
bulk bags stacked neatly in or near your desired area. We can even spread it
for you for 1.50 per bag. Remember; never compare it by weight. A pound of SLRM covers more than a pound of
the chunked with the fibers that compress. Never compare bag pricing unless you
are comparing it to another bag that covers 2.5 cubic feet, a cheaper bag is
not cheaper if you will have to buy more of them. Only compare the bottom line
of what you need for your area and the best product for your application.
Please feel free to visit your nearest Play N’ Learn for a sample of SLRM, or
call or chat with us to request a sample to be mailed to you.
Q. How many bags do I need?
Our 40 pound bags cover a tremendous 2.5 cubic feet per bag, which equates to 10 square feet at a 3” depth. See our coverage chart below.
Q. Why is brick red more expensive than black?
It is the same product at the start, but the brick red goes
through an extra cleaning and dying process, adding slightly to the cost. The
brick red is worth the extra though, it is beautiful, and looks almost
identical to natural mulch. Most people will not be able to tell that it is not
real until they feel it. Brick Red also stays cooler in the summertime than the
Q. Do your preset play pits include everything I need?Yes.
The playpits shown include all the mulch necessary to fill your area to about a
3.5” depth. They include enough bendy borders and bendy border hardware to make
the perimeter shape illustrated in the diagrams. They include Typar, which is
an industrial strength landscaping fabric to prevent weeds from coming up. An
additional 10% of square footage of Typar is included to allow for proper
overlapping. If you are changing the layout of your playset, it may be
necessary to change the layout of your mulch area. We do our best to calculate
exact sizes and depths but please keep in mind actual dimensions and depths may
be slightly different due to slopes, dips and uneveness of your backyard
Q. Can I customize the shape or size?
Absolutely! The preset pits shown are designed to give
you the most economical shape around the corresponding cedar swingset, by
cutting out the areas where no play activity is going on. But our playset
experts will be happy to customize one that better suits your needs or yard if
Q. How do I order one when I purchase my playset?
At the bottom of each playset page, the proper rubber
mulch pit will be shown. Just check the box for a black or red mulch pit to add
it to the cart with your set, it’s that easy!
Q. Can I order a rubber mulch pit for my existing playset?
Of course! Just
select the appropriate playpit for your existing set. If you are unsure of which
one you need, just give us a call or start a chat below.
Q. Why Use Bendy Borders?
Bendy Borders contain the rubber mulch and prevent it
from spreading into your yard. They are the absolute best choice for your play
area. They have cushiony, rounded tops. The hardware is safely recessed into
the border. They are flexible allowing you to create areas that aren’t just
boring rectangles. If you have slope or choppiness in your yard they will
conform to it with no digging necessary. They are very heavy which will ensure
durability and sturdiness.
Q. Why are your bags of rubber mulch more expensive than some other bags?
Simply put, our bags cover a lot more surface area. Like
we mentioned before, a pound of SLRM covers more than a pound of the chunked
rubber mulch with the fibers. You shouldn’t compare bag pricing by price unless
you are comparing it to another bag that covers the same amount of cubic feet.
If you think about it, a cheaper bag is not cheaper if you will have to buy
more of them! With SLRM, you’re paying for a high quality product that will
cover a lot more than some of the other bulk brands.