The importance of having a level surface for any climbing frame is safety. These products are designed for installation on a level surface. This doesn’t mean level like the centre court at Wimbledon! However, levelling play equipment such as children’s playhouses, climbing frames and swing beams does need to be a priority. You can cut in to level a fort and swing beam during the build. This ensures that the swings are safe to use. Both from knocking on other swings, the fort or frame. This blog discusses how to level your grass garden area ready for the build to commence!
Levelling Lumps, Bumps & Hollows
Levelling small imperfections such as lumps, bumps or hollows in the lawn is a relatively simple process. Start by ensuring you have the right tools.
Remember, these only need attention if they will be in the way of the main structure or affect safety of play.
Read on for our recommended tools, and an illustrated how-to guide on fixing lumps, bumps or dips.
Step By Step Guide
Now for the tricky part…
- 5.Remove Earth (for Lumps)
- If you have a lump in the lawn then use a fork to loosen the soil. Dig out the soil into a bucket or wheel barrow. Use elsewhere in the garden if you have dips. Ensure the lawn will be level once the grass is flipped back into place and compacted.
- 6.Fill With Soil (for Dips)
- If you have a dip in the garden then add some additional soil. This will bring the level up to match the rest of the lawn. Remember to add a little extra, because everything will get compacted once the turf is restored and compacted.
7. Restore Turf & Compress
Once you have added/removed soil as necessary, flip the turf back into place. Ensure it’s compacted. If possible add some grass seed into the cut. Therefore the turf can recover as quickly as possible. Regularly water if you seed new grass.
Multi-Level or Sloped Gardens
If you have a garden with multiple levels or if you have a significant slope in your garden it will require more time to level for your play equipment. In this instance we’d recommend you speak with a landscaper, who can advise on levelling play equipment. Because you may need sleeper or retaining walls to ensure the surface is level and secure.