Besides our big hill-scape, we had a little project on the side. Literally.
On the left side of the yard, nearest the hill, Hubs took a few
minutes hours and ripped up the grass on a portion of the yard with a tiller. We then raked out the grass, graded the dirt, and tamped down the remaining soil so we could lay brown play-yard mulch on top.
Made of recycled tires, this brown-dyed stuff is green (well, for the earth, anyway), hardly degrades, resists bugs, and is extremely soft underfoot. PERFECT for Red’s outdoor play yard extravaganza! It took us at least 50 bags to cover the area in 2-3″ of mulch. Expensive, I know – but it will never have to be replaced.
So, for his first birthday, Red’s grandparents and godmother spoiled him rotten with a water table and a sandbox. For his second birthday, my parents and grandparents spoiled him even more with a snack table (complete with umbrella) and a playhouse. Rotten as a snake. But, nonetheless, we wanted Red to be able to play with each element away from the hard patio, but not in the georgia clay that is our yard.
He loves it! We go outside for a few hours every day to play, and it saves lots of gas trekking to a local play ground that has no fence and is meant for much older children! Do you have a play area in your yard?