Choosing a Playground Safety Surface

When it comes to choosing a playground safety surface sometimes consumers have to balance safety and budget.

Many years ago my son was showing off for some young ladies at lunch on his middle school playground.  He attempted to jump out and slide down a fire pole and missed the pole falling about 7 feet.  Unfortunately he landed on his arm and broke it in two places and it affected the nerves in his arm.  He had to be moved an hour north to a children’s hospital and was given morphine to help with the pain.  He was a very adept violin player and thankfully the nerve damage corrected itself over time; that was a long summer.

That was a tough day for me as his school playground was woefully under code and had a thick mat of wood sticks that were so far from compliant/safe it was shameful.  The tough part was that I did not want to sue the school (they paid for his medical care) but my frustration was very high.

Over the last 15 years there have been a lot of playground mulch manufacturers and marketeers come and go.  One thing that sets us apart is that we are a small business where I, the owner, am here everyday and my employees are authorized to stop production for any reason if they even suspect there may be a quality issue.  We do not grind tires for a living – we make mulch for a living.  My staff are as concerned about the success of our customer’s projects as I am; often to a fault.  We don’t chase sales, we provide real lasting solutions for everyday homeowners.

We strive to manufacturer the highest quality products possible by using the best coatings and production technologies available while providing a great value for our customers. There are always going to be producers and marketeers that want to provide you with the lowest priced rubber mulch possible.

I am not going to skimp on our products to guarantee you that we will “never be beat”.  I don’t want a cut rate heart transplant, heaven forbid that day comes, and in the same way I do not think that children’s safety is a commodity.

That being said, I can assure you that our products are made with the highest commitment to your children and we will always provide you with the best pricing we can, but we will not ever put our employees in a position to shave a few pennies off our products at the risk of your project being a failure.  Below I have tried to outline some basic considerations for your backyard playground.

The three most common playground surfaces  are turf, wood mulch, and rubber mulch.  Each have their own pros and cons.

1) Turf/Grass as a Playground Surface

Pros:  Probably already exists and the only maintenance is mowing the lawn.  Cheapest by far.

Cons:  Kids wear turf thin under swings and slides which gets muddy.  Softer than              concrete but no real safety cushion.  Easy solution is to use swing mats so kids can          drag their feet without creating more work for Mom and Dad.

2) Wood Mulch as a Playground Surface

Pros: Inexpensive and when used at a 12″ depth provides a great cushion.

Cons:  High maintenance, decays quickly, must be kept very thick to provide a                   cushion, colored mulch bleeds color and can ruin clothes, needs replenished annually.

Rubber Mulch as a Playground Surface

Pros:  Highest safety rating per inch of depth over common materials used in playgrounds. High quality brands will not bleed color on kids and clothes.  Doesn’t decay or hold moisture. Typically lasts longer than children are interested in using the playset and can be re-purposed for landscape use down the road.

Cons:  Higher initial cost, requires a border system, attracts other kids from the neighborhood!

Overall we appreciate your time in reading this and invite you to take a look at our company, products, and methods via our video collection.  Any questions just let us know. We are always here to help.


Swing Mats Make Safe Playgrounds

Playground and Swing and slide

With winter snow melting and the spring rainy season on it’s way, it is time to start thinking about how to keep your playgrounds safe and reduce maintenance time and costs.  A quick tune up of some key areas can pay big dividends for the rest of the year.  Kids love to drag their feet when swinging and they will inevitably leave a rut at the bottom of the slide.  A quick and easy solution for loose fill mulch; wood or rubber mulch-is to install swing mats under the equipment.

Divits and holes hold water and create trip hazards resulting in playground injuries.  Parents, grandparents, and managers will find that kids stay cleaner and safer when mats are installed.

We offer two styles of swing mats and they are very affordable check it out in our store.

Playground Bonded Rubber Mulch Repairs

Earlier this week I received a call from a woman asking if “her handyman could repair her poured in place rubber mulch surface” with our DIY repair kits.  I was happy to tell her that “Yes, just about anyone can!”  Back to school playground repairs can be simple with our ready to use kits.

With budgets tight and time of the essence, our rubber mulch repair kits can be a real time saver and they are easy on the wallet.  If your playground has some torn or heavily worn spots all you need to do is carefully cut away the worn mulch, brush with the binder/glue, mix the rubber and the granules together, and trowel down.  Let stand overnight and your playground is in great shape.  Bonded rubber mulch repairs don’t have to take much time and certainly don’t need to cost a fortune-leaving you with some extra money in the budget for new playground equipment or upgrades.  Order today for quick shipping (usually same day) at



Bonded Rubber Mulch-Back to School

We all know that budgets are tight and school playgrounds take a heck of a beating but that doesn’t mean safety should be sacrificed.  Bonded rubber mulch or poured in place surfaces have a tendency to wear thin or become torn over time.

Everlast Rubber Mulch has an innovative DIY repair kit for base layers and wear layers on worn school playgrounds.  Now you can cost effectively repair worn rubber mulch play surfaces and walkways.

Simply remove the old rubber mulch and binder by cutting the material with a sharp knife
Brush some binder on the area, and apply the mixed colored rubber mulch to the hole
Trowel off level and wait overnight for a fresh repaired surface

Simple, cost effective, and quick…just what you would expect from the “Nearly World Famous” Everlast Rubber Mulch.

In stock and ready to ship… here for more details or visit our store for quicker shipments.

Playground Rubber Mulch Testimonial-Brand Comparison

It is my pleasure to recommend Everlast as a company with integrity and quality a product. I received our shipment of Playground Mulch and all I can say is that “I absolutely LOVE it!”. I can certainly say this was the quickest turn around I have ever had with a company. I truly appreciated the representative professional manners and I really felt like they cared and enjoyed actually helping me make my decisions regarding our playground. This is not my first experience with a major purchase of mulch and indeed we will be return customers. I value this company so much, I have recommended our state resource department to use Everlast and to stay away from the company ********, who still owes me mulch and money to this day. In fact there is no comparison to Everlast. I have never seen mulch so rich in color and chunky as it is. I already know it will be around for along time. The ***** looks like pea gravel and it stands out in a bad way on the playground after it was put down. I wish I had found Everlast first. I wish you continued success with your company as you supply our children with the safest fall protection they have ever had.
Thank you,
Peace and Sparkles ,

Need an Alternative to Playground Rubber Mulch? Save Money with EWF

EWF Engineered Wood Fiber

Even though Everlast Kids Playground Rubber Mulch offers the best value in the rubber mulch industry, sometimes budgets prohibit it’s use.  Luckily there is another high quality playground safety surface alternative.  EWF.

What is EWF?  Engineered Wood Fiber is wood playground mulch made from select sources.  Typical wood mulch is produced under fairly loose quality control standards so you can think of engineered wood fiber as a high class high quality wood playground mulch.  The ASTM, used to be the  American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), develops standards for products and there is a standard by which all Engineered Wood Fiber must adhere to insuring that you receive the high quality wood playground material you purchase.

One issue all playgrounds with loose fill products have is rutting where the kids drag their feet.  Whether you use wood mulch or rubber mulch you can save time and maintain a safer playground by removing the trip hazards with rubber swing mats and rubber borders.

A great new patent pending product is Tie Guard!  

playground border repair

Cover those unsafe and unsightly borders!

If your playground uses railroad ties or similar for borders and they are showing their age now you can cover the tops with a rubber matt quickly and affordably.You can see our full line of rubber borders and mats here.

Over the years we have aligned ourselves with numerous quality minded raw material producers in both the recycled rubber and the wood fiber markets and today are proud to have products made by hard working Americans all over the U.S. If you have an upcoming project that requires a playground top off or new installation we would love to be a part of it.  For more info on wood products click here.