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Covering garden with woodchips.

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Evansangel
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Our garden is horrible, the concrete is all cracked and we want to cover it with woodchips for when DD plays outside in the summer.

Can we just cover it with woodchips, straight onto the concrete?

:)

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  • valk_scot
    valk_scot Posts: 5,290 Forumite
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    How would it drain when it rains?
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  • sirbrainy
    sirbrainy Posts: 2,749 Forumite
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    I think you could put a thick layer down nae problemo.

    But wouldn't it be a better solution for your kid to strip out all the concrete and hardcore and put in grass?
  • Mojisola
    Mojisola Posts: 35,559 Forumite
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    Evansangel wrote: »
    Our garden is horrible, the concrete is all cracked and we want to cover it with woodchips for when DD plays outside in the summer.

    Can we just cover it with woodchips, straight onto the concrete?

    :)

    Only if you're prepared to clean out all the cats' mess on a regular basis.
  • laurel7172
    laurel7172 Posts: 2,071 Forumite
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    A decent depth of woodchips would be pretty expensive.

    Once you've worked out how much it costs, I suggest comparing it to the cost of having the concrete broken up and taken away.

    You might be pleasantly surprised.
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  • Evansangel
    Evansangel Posts: 6,791 Forumite
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    Its a rented place so we cant take up the concrete.

    But thanks for the answers :)
  • sirbrainy
    sirbrainy Posts: 2,749 Forumite
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    Landlord might pay you basic cost of materials to do the work
  • valk_scot
    valk_scot Posts: 5,290 Forumite
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    How old is your daughter? Woodchip is horrid for crawlers, too unstable for toddlers and once they get to 3 or 4, being able to cycle a bike or push a scooter or pram becomes quite important. You could always get a big piece of artificial turf matting for one section of the concrete if she wants to sit and play as well.
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  • Evansangel
    Evansangel Posts: 6,791 Forumite
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    She's 1. I'll look into the astroturf :)
  • rabidbun
    rabidbun Posts: 321 Forumite
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    This stuff is quite good depending on how much you want to cover: http://www.softfloorkids.co.uk/softmat.shtml

    I would avoid the alphabet tiles though if taking them up lots as the letters come out a fair bit. :)
  • Mrs_Domino
    Mrs_Domino Posts: 214 Forumite
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    rabidbun wrote: »
    This stuff is quite good depending on how much you want to cover: http://www.softfloorkids.co.uk/softmat.shtml

    I would avoid the alphabet tiles though if taking them up lots as the letters come out a fair bit. :)

    I picked up about 12 squares of this stuff for 50p down my local booty so worth keeping your eyes peeled. Its really good stuff. I had it on my patio in case my lo fell out the patio doors. Saved many a bump and scrape. :T
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