groundcover for a swingset area?

arylkin(5b, south of Chicago)May 15, 2013

We're looking to put up a swingset in the backyard, A landscaper friend of my husband's has just recommended using rubber playground mulch underneath it, which I am not a fan of.

Is there a low growing groundcover that will withstand foot traffic and not need to be mowed that would be reasonable for under a swingset?

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cearbhaill

Use a natural mulch or sand or pea gravel (anything natural and non- treated) and save yourself the grief of worrying about plants there. Most "foot traffic" plants can with stand a light step here and there, not the constant pounding and scraping and falling down of kids playing. IMO that's just asking for ugly unhappy plants.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 7:05AM
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ken_mce(zone 4, NY)

Is there a low growing groundcover that will withstand foot traffic and not need to be mowed that would be reasonable for under a swingset?

No. Try sand or wood chips.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 10:19PM
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gardengal48

The rubber playground mulch is ideal for this purpose. In my area we also sell a wood product called play chips that are a barkless, sliverless wood product.

Turf grasses - lawns - hold up to foot traffic better than just about any other type of groundcover and even these won't survive under a swingset.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 7:40PM
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