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Wooden Playground Mulch

Our Wood Playground Mulch or (engineered wood fiber) is third party certified, and can meet the ADA, ASTM, CPSC and CSA standards for playground surfacing. While our sales office is located in Western, NY, we work with producers whom manufacture to a standard spec, located all across the USA.
Our playground mulch is a 100% natural product and contains no chemicals or artificial ingredients. It is made from recently harvested and debarked North American wood, free of soils, leaves, twigs and other contaminates which hasten decomposition. Chips are randomly sized and contain no waste wood or pallets (which could contain spilled chemicals, paint, metal, or wood preservatives). We utilize fresh wood that cannot be made into lumber. This product is a perfect compliment to a natural playground. Mini Track Loader insalling mulch
While playground mulch will not prevent all playground injuries, it is designed to reduce the likelihood of life threatening injuries form falls to the surface. Guidelines for public playgrounds recommend a minimum of 9" (after compaction) for play equipment under 4', and no less than 9-12" (after compaction) for play equipment over 4'. 12" can provide up to 12' of fall protection. wooden playground mulch

Choose a playground installation site that drains well. Drainage is important for a longer lasting, effective safety surfacing system. Below grade drainage stone and drainage tile systems can be installed prior the playground or surfacing system is installed for sites that need it. (Bears does NOT offer this service.)

Natural compaction will occur in 2-6 weeks. Compaction must occur to meet ADA standards. However, installing the surfacing in layer while wetting and providing mechanical tamping or compacting can speed the compaction process. (Bears does NOT offer this service.)

All loose fill Safety Surfacing Systems require maintenance. See the links below.

Link to IPEMA Certification

Our most popular Safety Surfacing Systems consist of four steps. (Processes can vary.)

(See the Safety Surfacing Installation page for more information.)

surfacing install step 1

Step 1

surfacing install step 2

Step 2

surafcing install step 3

Step 3

1) Barrier Cloth: Barrier Cloth provides separation between the ground and the surfacing product which helps keep them from intermixing, helps retard soil movement and reduces growth in the area. 2) Playground Borders: Borders are typically installed above grade to help contain loose fill surfacing materials. Borders can be arranged in an organic, free from shape or in a rectangle. (Some customers, usually those in wooded or natural settings will taper their wooden playground mulch down to grade, without the use of borders.)

3) Certified Wooden Playground Mulch.

4) Installation: Each project is quoted separately based upon the size of the area, the products chosen, depth of the surfacing and installation factors like access to the area by truck and trailer. We also offer below grade systems, drainage and interlocking unitary Rubber Tile pavers which are installed over a hard surface like concrete or asphalt.


Shows mulch tapered to grade instead of contained by boarders mulch taper to grade

The photo at right shows wooden playground mulch heaped under and around a playground, over only a small piece of barrier cloth, then tapered off to grade outside the use zone with no containment borders.


Approximate only after compression
Fall Height
use for top off only
sf x _______ = yards
Weed barrier per sq. ft.
Plastic or Log Borders
(see options)
Small Local Delivery: delivery is available locally by 20 cubic yard dump trailer and or 10 cubic yard dump truck.

Regional, National and Large Bulk deliveries are available from or regional centers around the country, and arrive by tractor trailer. Usually walking floor trucks.
Separate from the delivery charge. Access to the site by truck and trailer saves you money.