Playground Rubber Mulch

Playground Rubber Mulch

Red Rubber Mulch Playground Safety Surface Cedar GroundSmartSmarter Playgrounds from the ground up … GroundSmart Playground Rubber Mulch makes playgrounds and play areas safer by providing superior head impact protection and ADA-qualified wheelchair accessibility.

Falls and accidents will happen on playgrounds. It’s part of having fun. As parents and care givers we cannot always be there to catch our children, which is why it is so important to create the safest possible playground safety surface.  When properly installed and maintained to a six inch depth, GroundSmart Rubber Mulch is IPEMA certified to provide up to 16 feet of critical fall height protection per ASTMF1292-04.  What this means to our children is that the risk of a critical brain injury from falling from as high as 16 feet is minimal when landing on rubber mulch.

IPEMA Certified Rubber Mulch

When compared with other playground safety surfaces, the same depth of recycled rubber mulch will cushion a child’s fall better from 8 to 12 feet than grass, dirt, engineered wood fiber (wood mulch), rubber tiles or poured in place surfaces. Rubber Mulch is the perfect choice as a safety surface for your home playground, school playground, municipal playground or private playground.

Our 12 year Color Lock Guarantee ensures that GroundSmart Rubber Mulch will look fresh year after year.  Rubber Mulch for Playgrounds is nontoxic and non-staining – the color will not rub off on children or pets, even in the rain. Plus, it is clean, minimizes airborne dust and particles, and will not result in painful splinters like wood mulch.

GroundSmart Rubber Mulch is ready to play when you are, providing all-season head impact protection while suppressing weeds and discouraging pests.

GroundSmartTM Playground Safety Surface Mulch

Playground Rubber Mulch Safety SurfaceHow to use: Spread 6 inches deep. Check depth annually to ensure proper mulch depth of 6 inches is maintained. Add additional mulch if necessary.

Where to Use: Throughout entire play area. Ensure a minimum 6 foot safety zone around all play structures.

Where Not to Use: On Playground equipment. Use as playground safety surface only.

Why to Use:

  • IPEMA certified to provide up to 16’ of fall height protection per ASTM F1292-09 at a 6” compacted depth
  • Saves time and money by eliminating annual mulching
  • Prevents weeds
  • 12 year color-lock guarantee
  • Up to 2X coverage per cu ft vs wood mulch
  • Resists rodent infestation
  • Does not float or blow away
  • Will not rot
  • No mold, fungus or mildew
  • Wheel chair accessible per ASTM F1951-99


When to Use: Anytime.

Comments (14)

  • Brian Kelly

    March 26th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    What is your recomended depth of this mulch?

    • GroundSmart

      March 27th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Brian, here some general depth recommendations for various uses:
      1.5″ – Landscaping
      2.0″ – Landscaping
      3.0″ – Landscaping
      4.0″ – Playgrounds (10′ Fall Height Rating)
      6.0″ – Playgrounds (16′ Fall Height Rating)

      This info can be found on our Rubber Mulch Calculator page, which will also help you get pricing and configuration options.

  • art

    May 3rd, 2014 at 11:21 am

    i just need a p/u load. Where can I get it locally?

  • Katrine

    May 19th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    What do you need to put under the mulch for a playground? Does it go right over the dirt? I’m going to use it at 4″ deep. Thanx

    • GroundSmart

      May 20th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      It can go right over the dirt, or you can put a weed barrier down first. There is nothing you need to put down under the mulch for safety purposes, though.

  • paul

    June 25th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    what do you use to bond the rubber together and is it safe to use.

    • GroundSmart

      September 4th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Our products are loose-fill, so the nuggets are not bonded together at all.

  • Karen

    June 26th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I would like to use the mulch in a sandbox for children to dig for dinosaur fossils etc. what do you think a good depth would be? Also, are all your mulch products safe for clothing?

    • GroundSmart

      June 28th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      A depth of 4-6 inches should be adequate. Our colors are checmically bonded to the nuggets and do not bleed or stain, even in the rain.

  • becky

    September 26th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    What do I do if it has faded?

    • GroundSmart

      September 26th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      We received your contact form regarding this issue. A customer service representative will contact you shortly to discuss options and next steps.

  • Mary k Green

    March 21st, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    we have an area where grass won’t grow and our dog brings in mud from that area. Could we cover that area with this rubber mulch to help with the mud problem or could the dog run on it. It is a fenced in area. In other words could it work for a dog playground as it does for children?

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