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Bark area

I have a mammoth task in front of me. My garden is in 3 tiers with 2 very large raised beds.these beds are now covered in pebble and soil. I have shifted a lot of the pebbles off already but it looks like I've not even touched it. I'm now thinking to keep cost down to put Bark over the area's for a play area. What would be best yo install this? Would it be sharp sand, membrane than bark? I have pictures to help. I will also be fitting patio slabs on the middle deck.


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Pics would help a lot.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Speaking as a person with no children, depending on the age of yours, I would make the first bit a temporary play area, at least until they are old enough to go up and down steps safely. Even on the first tier I would worry about them falling off the edges. 

    You seem to have done a good job removing the gravel from the first tier. What  is left can just be dug in and the ground levelled. 

    Unless these are 3x2 slabs with the first foot concreted in, I would be a bit concerned over the staying power of the wooden supports. The second wall made of stone looks far sturdier. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • What would you fo for the flower beds? Because the ground is made up of soil and pebble I just thought it would be easier to put Bark over. Would you put sharp sand down before the bark? 

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