We had the opportunity recently to assist a client of ours further improve their back yard by installing a multi-course treated wood timber surround for their new children’s playground set.
Since the site was situated on a slight incline and a generous layer of playground wood mulch was needed (under/around play set), we called for the use of a fairly substantial outlying edge material (6 x 6 wood timbers) to retain the special playground mulch and keep the area looking great for many years to come.
To begin, we cleared and leveled a portion of the sloping back yard area slated to receive the new play set (first site visit). Shortly after the play set was installed (by an outside company), we returned to construct a two course 6 x 6 treated wood timber surround (size of area determined by client). We first excavated, leveled and manually compacted the select path ways where wood timbers were to be installed. The first timber course was secured to soil using 24″ long steel rebar rods. We used 16′ long 6 x 6 wood timbers to eliminate as many short wood timber pieces (visible butt joints) as possible. The second, final top wood timber course was secured to base course below using construction adhesive first and then 10″ long timber screws were used (spaced several feet apart) to properly bind the structure together. Steel angle brackets, mending plate, etc. were also used (completely hidden from view) to further reinforce corners and joints between timbers. Any/all cut timber’s were treated with a special end-grain sealer to further improve the structural integrity/life expectancy of our ground contacting wood timbers. Lastly, landscape barrier/weed control fabric was attached to soil within enclosed play area (ensuring excellent soil-to-mulch separation) before a layer of playground mulch (Safe T Mat Certified Playground Mulch) was added to complete.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or project ideas you have. We would love to help anyway we can. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!