Starting a playground project can seem overwhelming when you’re not sure where to start. It all begins with choosing the right surfacing material, figuring out how much mulch you will need, and making sure that your playground is built with the best materials to protect from playground injuries.

At GroundSmart Rubber Mulch we’re making it easier than ever by equipping you with the best materials for your playground surfacing while answering the important question of, “How much mulch do I need for playgrounds?”.

What is the Best Mulch for Playground Cover?

The surface material used for your playground has a direct relation to protection from playground injuries—which is why it is so important to make sure that any playground surface meets these 3 qualifications:

  • Certified fall-height protection
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Easy to maintain for safety
Espresso Black Rubber Mulch for Playgrounds

While that might seem like a lot to ask for when it comes to playground surfacing – at GroundSmart know that our rubber mulch is proven to be the best mulch for playground areas compared to other surfacing materials like wood chips and gravel.

What is the Best Mulch for Playground Cover?

Now that you’ve confirmed that rubber mulch is best option for playground surfacing, you might be wondering just how much you’ll need. Follow these 3 simple steps to help you find out how much mulch you need for a playground:

  1. Determine Desired Playground Depth

The amount of mulch for your playground area is dependent on how big it is and the height of your playground equipment. Backed by IPEMA research, these are the recommended depths based on fall height:

Fall Height Protection

Un-Compacted Depth

Compacted Depth

Up To 16 FT.



Up To 12 FT.



Up To 10 FT.



  1. Measure Playground Dimensions

Once you know the recommended safety depth, its time measure your playground site area by length and width.

  1. Let Our Calculator do The Hard Work

Yep! You read that right! No need to do the math in your head to figure out how many pallets of rubber mulch you need for your playground surfacing – we’ve created a rubber mulch calculator for that! Just enter your desired playground depth along with the area’s length and width, and we will tell you just how much mulch you need for your playground.

We make is easy to determine how much rubber mulch you need for your playground project

Whether you’re looking for the best mulch surface for your backyard playground or your child’s school playground, GroundSmart has you covered! Our playground mulch is IPEMA certified for specific fall height protection, withstands all kinds of weather without fading or blowing away, and can save you up to 59% in cost compared to other ground surfacing materials like wood mulch and pea gravel.

Let us help make your playground project easier than ever by using our convenient rubber mulch calculator. We’ll tell you just how much mulch you need for your playground and product recommendations.