Did you know that Portland, Oregon plays host to 132 public playgrounds? In order to keep children safe and the playgrounds in good working condition, there needs to be a layer of protective material on the ground. The go-to solution for this used to be larger mulch chunks, but that posed unexpected dangers in the form of splinters and cuts. Now, cedar chips is holding the reins on playground safety.
The way cedar chips provides a layer of safety for children is through the padding effect it has. If a kid were to fall from the monkey bars and hit their head on the ground, they could get hurt, the school could get in trouble, and it would be a hard time for everybody involved. With cedar chips, this no longer is an issue. The layers compress upon impact, and since it is a loose dusting instead of a rigid ground, there is much more give to the surface. On top of that, the cedar chips Portland Oregon uses to secure its playgrounds is tested and checked for possible pointy imperfections.
How Do You Spread Cedar Chips?
It’s much easier than other landscaping processes. There are special blowers that, like leaf blowers, are engine powered landscaping fans. Cedar chips blowing differs from leaf blowing because these blowers blow cedar chips, not leaves. The dust is fed into the machine, and blown wherever it is needed. This powerful installation tool makes children’s safety a breeze.
Why Should You Get Cedar Chips?
Cedar chips also can last up to three years depending on foot traffic, the slope of the land, and environmental conditions. This makes it a valuable short-term investment in any landscaping project. It will protect your plants from harsh winters, and nourish them in warm summers. It will prevent mud, consequently preventing damage to the topsoil. And when all is said and done, cedar chips will decompose into the ground, and give nutrients to the soil beneath.
The aesthetic appeal, longevity, and safety that cedar chips can provide make it worthwhile if you own or manage land that could benefit from a functional facelift. Call Barkdusters today for more information on the process, and to get started on your project or playground.