Monday, July 18, 2011

Frugal Place For Kids to Play: Backyard Mulch Pit

We needed a designated spot in our backyard for our son to dig. Without one he was digging where he pleased, and the result was less than ideal. Being a lawyer and engineer, we analyzed our options....and analyzed some more. Sand box? Covered or not? Fill an old used tire? Sand attracts kids, and outdoor cats. Then we stumbled on the idea of mulch. We decided is was more yard friendly; it will biodegrade into the lawn when the kids outgrow it. And the spot we selected will one day sport ground cover rather than toy dump trucks. The results are wonderful. He has a large place to dig and dump. It is not as attractive to cats and other critters. And the total cost was $75...and that included delivery of the mulch. If you are looking for an easy, affordable, and environmentally kind way to give your kid a spot to dig, try mulch. Just don't add peat moss...I tossed some in and learned it is way too dirty. I had to buy a few more bags of mulch to cover it up. Lesson learned.

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