Once you think of the memories you want to leave your children, chances are you’ll include a swing set or a playset home in at least a few of them. However, to make these fantasies a reality, you must begin with a level playing field—a level yard.
To level the ground for a swing set, dig the sod to an equal level, apply material such as rubber mulch to an enclosed area, or use cement blocks to level just the swing set’s supports. Within the limits of a constructed enclosure, leveling the sod and applying a solid mulch is the most long-lasting choice.
Most lawns will need some leveling to design the construction of a playground. Even if installers come to construct your playset, you will undoubtedly have to level the yard yourself. We’ve included step-by-step instructions below to help you level the ground for your playground.
Step-By-Step Process for Leveling the Ground
1. Mark the Ground
To determine the size of your commercial swing set or outdoor climber, consult the customer’s handbook for your playground, then measure the size of the playset in the area where you want to put it. It may be defined with stakes, rocks, or a landscape painting.
Then, at the yard’s highest point, tie the thread to the stake. Then, to connect the stakes, wrap the thread around them a couple of times. It has to be tight. Check the string’s level using a line level or a carpenter’s level. Then connect the thread to all other stakes and use duct tape or a knot to secure it to the last one.
When you’re laying down the ground cover beneath the playground, you’ll need to use the same method to mark off the play area.
2. Remove the Sod
Sod is the term used to describe your lawn, and the layer of soil underneath is held in place by the grassroots. Moist sod is more accessible to uproot than sod that is exceptionally wet or dry. To make your job easier, moisten the ground with a hose a day or two before you begin digging. To save time, use a shovel or a border spade to carve lines into the sod to create a grid of 1 square foot sections.
With the shovel, remove the layer of sod. Make sure to dig deep enough to get the shovel under the roots. This is usually about 3 inches, although it may vary depending on the kind of grass in your yard. When you start digging, it will become clear how far you want to go.
Sod takes up a lot of space. Load the pieces carefully into a wheelbarrow. You may reuse large wood pieces. If you wish to lay down ground cover, such as mulch, remove the sod from the whole play area.
A sod cutter, a machine that uses sharp blades underneath the grass to tear the sod from the earth, may also be used to remove the sod. They can be rented at most equipment rental shops and will make this job considerably faster.
3. Redistribute the Soil
Start distributing the dirt from the area’s highest point to be leveled and work your way down. The first step is to dig up the soil. You may either move the soil to the bottom end or put it in your wheelbarrow to reuse or dump.
When you’re going to plant a ground cover, you should dig a bit deeper to create a basin for it. Lastly, utilizing a garden rake, move the dirt about until it seems level.
4. Check if the Ground is Level
When everything appears to be level, you must assess the situation and make any required adjustments. Calculate the distance between your level string and the ground. The distance along the string should be consistent. You may utilize a long level directly in the middle of the area you’re trying to level if you have one. However, be confident that the level is parallel to the ground.
Place a longboard on the ground and place your level on top when your level is too short. Remember to look around the area you’re trying to level. This will very certainly have to be done many times before the ground is level. After the earth has been leveled, remove the stakes.
5. Lay Down Weed Barrier
Cover it with a landscaping cloth if you do not want grass or weeds to develop back in your backyard or Park Amenities. Unroll landscape fabric over the surface, approximately 3 inches overlapping where it meets.
If the fabric won’t lay flat, use stones to hold it in place while you work. Use garden staples to secure the landscape fabric to the ground and prevent it from moving or forming gaps.