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How Do I Make My Lawn Safe for My Kids' Play Area?

Posted by Brian Gerber on Mar 20, 2020 12:35:42 PM

Safeguarding your Child’s Playscape Area

Have you, your friends, or your family ever been outside on the playscape and gotten hurt or ended up with tick/mosquito bites?  If so, you know that sometimes playgrounds can be a fun, but unsafe, area for children.

Questions Answered:

How to protect from pests in play area:

  • Set up playscape in sunny area - ticks and mosquitos do not like the sun. 
  • Keep play area away from vegetation, wooded areas, tall grass, and shrubs.
  • Hire a trusted tick/mosquito specialist & schedule a program to spray your yard. Learn more about our Tick Control and Mosquito Management

Playground Safety tips

Best ground surface for a play ground?

Your options in order from most to least expensive:

  • Solid Rubber Surface- This is very safe for children and results in very little maintenance.
  • Sand/Small Rocks- This is much less expensive and provides soft base for falls and trips. 
  • Rubber Mulch- Less expensive than a solid rubber surface but still provides a soft base.
  • Artificial Grass- Requires little maintenance and is less expensive than rubber.
  • Wood Chips- This requires more maintenance than the others but is very cost effective.

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These options will help reduce the amount of ticks in the area. Ticks like shady areas like leaves and along the woods-line so these options will aid in preventing them from moving into the play area.

Best location for my playscape?

  • Sun Exposure: A canopy of trees will reduce exposure but BEWARE...!
    If it is too close to the woods we are now in tick and mosquito territory. 
  • Visibility: Always keep playscapes in an area where they can be easily supervised. 
  • Away from any streets or roads. 
  • Away from ponds: Mosquitos LOVE stagnant water.

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How much sun exposure is good/bad?

Sun exposure = bad for skin. 

  • According to NAPS one blistering sunburn can double a child’s lifetime risk of skin cancer. Wear that sunscreen! 

Sun exposure = good for ticks/mosquitos. 

  • Ticks and Mosquitos love shade.  A playscape in the sunlight will greatly reduces the risk of tick/mosquito bites. 

Installation safety tips:

  • Install on a flat level surface. 
  • Install the playscape away from woods line.

Now that you know the best way to safeguard a playscape, you are ready to set it up and have a ton of fun without worrying about anyone getting hurt or being bit by ticks/mosquitos!

Bottom Line:

To safeguard your playscape follow the guidelines above. To protect your play area from ticks/mosquitos, call your local lawn service professional to help you out. 


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