Training Surface Rubber Mulch

Training Course Safety SurfaceGroundSmart Rubber Mulch is the smart choice for all obstacle course, ropes course and combat training course safety surfaces. GroundSmart Rubber Mulch not only helps improve training safety, it’s more durable, cost-effective, maintenance free and eco-friendly than wood fiber, wood mulch, sand or gravel.

And unlike wood mulch, GroundSmart Rubber Mulch doesn’t attract termites, carpenter ants or other harmful insects. GroundSmart Rubber Mulch also resists rodent infestations.

When compared with other training safety surfaces, GroundSmartRubber Mulch helps cushion falls and provides up to 2.5 times more fall height protection than grass, dirt, sand, pea gravel, engineered wood fiber (EWF) and wood mulch.

When it’s time to train, you need a training surface you can count on and one that’s as tough as the people training on it. Make the smart choice in training surface products; choose GroundSmart Rubber Training Surface Mulch.

Product Benefits

Training Course Safety Surface

  • Creates safer training environments by reducing injuries from falls
  • Long-lasting, costive effective training surface
  • Saves time and money by eliminating annual replenishment unlike engineered wood fiber (EWF) or wood mulch
  • Up to 65% savings versus engineered wood fiber (EWF) or wood mulch in outdoor training area applications
  • Requires up to 50% less material than engineered wood fiber (EWF) or wood mulch to achieve the same fall protection
  • Helps prevent weeds
  • Does not attract termites, carpenter ants or other harmful wood destroying insects
  • Resists rodent infestation
  • Does not float, absorb water, erode or blow away with heavy wind or rain
  • Inhibits growth of mold and fungi, reducing allergy risk
  • Will not rot unlike wood mulch
  • 100% Recycled Rubber
  • 99.9% Wire Free
  • Non-toxic
GroundSmart Training Surface Rubber Mulch is available in the following colors and sizes:

Cedar Red Rubber Mulch

Cedar Red is our most popular selling rubber mulch color. The natural look resembles wet cedar and blends well in almost all surroundings. Combine with Mocha Brown and Green to make a camouflage colored surface.

Available Sizes: 0.8 cu ft bags, 38.5 cu ft super sack, 76.9 cu ft super sack

Mocha Brown Rubber Mulch

Mocha Brown is a very popular and versatile color. This warm, natural tone blends well in most surroundings. Combine with Cedar Red and Green to make a camouflage colored surface.

Available Sizes: 0.8 cu ft bags, 38.5 cu ft super sack, 76.9 cu ft super sack

Espresso Black Rubber Mulch

Espresso Black is ideal for those looking for a rich, sophisticated look. Combine with Cedar Red and Green to make a camouflage colored surface.

Available Sizes: 0.8 cu ft bags, 38.5 cu ft super sack, 76.9 cu ft super sack

Green Rubber Mulch

Green Rubber Mulch is frequently used to resemble the look of natural grass. Combine with Cedar Red and Mocha Brown to make a camouflage colored surface.

Available Sizes: 0.8 cu ft bags, 38.5 cu ft super sack, 76.9 cu ft super sack

Blue Rubber Mulch

Blue Rubber Mulch is frequently used to create the illusion of water.

Available Sizes: 0.8 cu ft bags, 38.5 cu ft super sack, 76.9 cu ft super sack

Uncoated Rubber Mulch

Raw, uncoated rubber mulch. Traditionally used when a low-cost alternative is needed.

Available Sizes: 76.9 cu ft super sack

GroundSmart Rubber Mulch is the smart, economical safety surface solution for all obstacle courses, ropes courses and combat training courses. GroundSmart Rubber Mulch provides up to a 64.8% savings versus wood mulch or engineered wood fiber (EWF) over a 12 year period.

Products like wood mulch and engineered wood fiber (EWF) break down and decompose.  As a result, the cost and maintenance of a training surface using wood mulch or engineered wood fiber (EWF) significantly increase over time. Additionally, as these products break down and decompose the critical fall height protection they provide is reduced.

GroundSmart Rubber Mulch does not break down or decompose and helps create a safer, smarter training area that’s are ready for action 365 days a year, year after year.

  • What’s wrong with falling on grass, dirt or sand?
  • Falling on grass, dirt and sand is how a lot of us grew up and we’re fine, right? Thanks to the NFL and the automotive industry, today we know a lot more about head impact protection and traumatic brain injuries. The most important recent finding is that every bump to the head – whether big or small – is cumulative. Each one adds up and has an effect on the brain. Brain injuries can be the result of multiple small bumps to the head or one large hit to the head. Having a reliable, all weather safety surface made from GroundSmart Rubber Mulch helps reduce the number and severity of impacts to the head that can result in brain injuries.
  • What are some of the short term and long term symptoms of brain injuries such as concussions?
  • Acute symptoms can include unconsciousness, inability to recall the traumatic event, confusion, difficulty learning and remembering new information, trouble speaking coherently, unsteadiness, lack of coordination and problems with vision or hearing. Long term symptoms include violence, anger, depression and the increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
    Source 1: Mayo Clinic
    Source 2: Alzheimer’s Association
  • How does GroundSmart Rubber Mulch protect injuries from falls?
  • When installed and maintained to a proper depth for the surrounding equipment, GroundSmart Rubber Mulch softens the impact by gradually slowing the fall and dispersing the energy which greatly reduces the risk for a traumatic brain injury. GroundSmart Rubber Mulch has the unique ability to provide this protection all year, rain or shine in a variety of climates.
  • What is the maximum certified critical fall height protection of GroundSmart Rubber Mulch?
  • GroundSmart provides up to 16 ft of fall height protection – this means the risk for a traumatic brain injury from a fall up to 16 ft onto GroundSmart Rubber Mulch is minimal. The risk for traumatic brain injury is conducted in accordance with the ASTM F1292-13 test method.
  • Does that mean you won’t be hurt after a fall from up to 16 ft?
  • No. A broken nose, brief loss of consciousness and other injuries may still happen but the risk of the most severe type of non-fatal injury – a non-recoverable brain injury – are dramatically reduced.
  • Does GroundSmart Rubber Mulch prevent broken bones and sprains?
  • Currently, there is not an approved or accredited test to evaluate the risk of a broken arm or leg.
  • How much do I need?
  • We recommend a 4″ to 6″ compacted layer of GroundSmart Rubber Mulch. A 4″ compacted layer is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) certified to provide up to 10 ft of critical fall height protection, a 5″ compacted layer will provide up to 12 ft and a 6″ compacted layer will provide up to 16 ft of critical fall height protection. When assessing how much GroundSmart Rubber Mulch you need, be sure to measure from the highest point where someone could jump or fall.
  • How do I maintain GroundSmart Rubber Mulch?
  • Minimal maintenance is required for GroundSmart Rubber Mulch. GroundSmart Rubber Mulch resists degrading, floating and blowing away. All colors come with our 12 year Color Lock Guarantee. Raking, leveling and compacting are occasionally required to maintain the desired depth of 4″, 5″ or 6″.
  • How do I clean it?
  • Leaves and small branches can be blown off the surface with careful use of a leaf blower. The coating does not stain or absorb odors from urine. GroundSmart Rubber Mulch’s color can be freshened with the use of a mild detergent and a power washer on a low setting.
  • What if a person or dog eats it?
  • Despite our fun and vibrant colors, GroundSmart Rubber Mulch doesn’t taste very good. Nonetheless, we had GroundSmart Rubber Mulch tested using the European toy test method EN 71-3 which determines if heavy and toxic metals will leach out of a product when exposed to stomach acid should a person or pet consume a piece. Nothing was determined to leach out of GroundSmart Rubber Mulch when exposed to stomach acid.
  • How should the ground be prepared before I install GroundSmart Rubber Mulch?
  • A level ground, with sufficient drainage to prevent pooling and puddling, free of rocks and debris is a key foundation to start with. If you live up north, you want to make sure that water cannot collect and pool within GroundSmart Rubber Mulch and potentially freeze.  The frozen water can reduce the ability of GroundSmart Rubber Mulch to absorb an impact. For commercial applications, consulting with a local landscape architect is recommended.
  • How do I install it?
  • Installation is simple. GroundSmart Rubber Mulch is conveniently available in 0.8 cu ft poly bags, 76.9 cu ft super sacks or 38.5 cu ft super sacks. Once your ground is prepared, simply slit either bag size open and GroundSmart Rubber Mulch pours out. As it pours out, simply rake it in place and compact it. Detailed installation instructions can be found on our website in the resource section.
  • What makes GroundSmart better for my safety surface compared to other rubber mulches?
  • GroundSmart Rubber Mulch is produced to tight manufacturing specifications. This manufacturing process is certified by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) to provide consistent head impact protection. The end product is 99.9% metal free, provides up to 16 ft of critical fall height protection and comes with a 12 year color warranty.
  • Who recommends or approves rubber mulch as a safety surface?
  • There are many entities that support the use of rubber mulch including federal, state and local environmental agencies, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). Rubber mulch has been proven effective in reducing critical brain related injuries from falls.



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