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Terry's Lawn Care, Inc utilizes IPEMA certified mulch bought from Bailey Bark Materials, Inc., IPEMA Certification holder.

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Texas Playground Mulch Installation Requirements

Playground surfaces must meet state mandated requirements.

Terry's Lawn Care, Inc can ensure your playground mulch installation meets state mandated requirements.

TexasThe State of Texas has adopted CPSC (US Consumer Product Safety Commission) into Law, effective August 28, 1995.  The Playgrounds/Playground Equipment Standards Public Funds Act has amended the Health & Safety Code (Sec. 1, Chap. 756) by adding subchapter E:

"Publicly Funded Playground; When public funds are used, the equipment, installation and surfacing must meet the CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety."


CPSC Hanbook for Public Playground Safety

The following is an excerpt from the CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety as adopted by the State of Texas.  The complete handbook can be viewed and downloaded from CPSC website.

Section - Loose-fill surfacing materials

Engineered wood fiber (EWF) is a wood product that may look similar in appearance to landscaping mulch, but EWF products are designed specifically for use as a playground safety surface under and around playground equipment.  EWF products should meet the specifications in ASTM F2075: Standard Specification for Engineered Wood Fiber and be tested to and comply with ASTM F1292.

There are also rubber mulch products that are designed specifically for use as playground surfacing. Make sure they have been tested to and comply with ASTM F1292.

When installing these products, tips 1-9 listed below should be followed. Each manufacturer of engineered wood fiber and rubber mulch should provide maintenance requirements for and test data on:

  • Critical height based on ASTM F1292 impact attenuation testing.
  • Minimum fill-depth data.
  • Toxicity.
  • ADA/ABA accessibility guidelines for firmness and stability based on ASTM F1951.

Other loose-fill materials are generally landscaping-type materials that can be layered to a certain depth and resist compacting. Some examples include wood mulch, wood chips, sand, pea gravel, and shredded/recycled rubber mulch.

Important tips when considering loose-fill materials:

  1. Loose-fill materials will compress at least 25% over time due to use and weathering. This must be considered when planning the playground. For example, if the playground will require 9 inches of wood chips, then the initial fill level should be 12 inches. See Table 2 below.
  2. Loose-fill surfacing requires frequent maintenance to ensure surfacing levels never drop below the minimum depth. Areas under swings and at slide exits are more susceptible to displacement; special attention must be paid to maintenance in these areas. Additionally, wear mats can be installed in these areas to reduce displacement.
  3. The perimeter of the playground should provide a method of containing the loose-fill materials.
  4. Consider marking equipment supports with a minimum fill level to aid in maintaining the original depth of material.
  5. Good drainage is essential to maintaining loose-fill surfacing. Standing water with surfacing material reduces effectiveness and leads to material compaction and decomposition.
  6. Critical height may be reduced during winter in areas where the ground freezes.
  7. Never use less than 9 inches of loose-fill material except for shredded/recycled rubber (6 inches recommended).  Shallower depths are too easily displaced and compacted
  8. Some loose-fill materials may not meet ADA/ABA accessibility guidelines. For more information, contact the Access Board (see §1.6) or refer to ASTM F1951.
  9. Wood mulch containing chromated copper arsenate (CCA)-treated wood products should not be used; mulch where the CCA-content is unknown should be avoided (see §

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2351 Handley Ederville Rd, Fort Worth, TX  76118
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