Ideas needed for back yard swing set base
I have a small crew of family members coming over this weekend to assemble a large swing set. I cannot come up with a cost effective base to set the thing on! I'm wondering if you can help?!?! Here's the project scope:
-something free or very cheap
-something that will be weed proof
-something that I can mow over/around (so ground level??)
-something somewhat maintenance free
Tools at my disposal
-Yanmar diesel tractor with blade, rototiller, and 900lb roller
-shovels, picks, axe, chainsaw, garage full of the usual tools
-endless supply of trees - we live in the middle of the woods
-small crew of guys
The ground is currently flat. 90% sun throughout the day. Located in NW PA.
My thoughts were to till the entire area plus some; remove a few inches of dirt/sod; line with landscape fabric; build unit; back fill with free wood chips from the municipality. What do I do about a border I can mow around and over eliminating the need to weed trim?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions
Anchoring would depend on what your building and how perminent it will be.
The boarder, I would install treated 4x6 level with the lawn with the fabric under it so weeds don't sneak up around the edges.
Thanks Neal. I dug up about 3-4" of ground last night and plan on taking your advice with the 4x6" border and landscape fabric.
would wood chips be a good filler for this area? My wife is concerned about bare feet and having them everywhere. I reminded her we live in the middle of the woods and that I mow the yard : ) Is there any other free or cheap filler particulate that I could use?
I couldn't get the image uploader to work, so here is a link to the picasa project album:
I am not a fan of wood chips or bark mulch over fabric, after a few years it will turn into to wonderful dirt, weeds and all. But I don't have a better suggestion. I have seen what we call pee gravel, which is 1/4" round stone but it is hard to walk in.
Use decomposed granite put it on your fabric. You will need to compact it, but it looks good and can last a long time.
The landscaper working around here right now is using a fabric like the one in this link, it's really thick and about 6 ft wide and it is really strong and not easy to cut.
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