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Playground Turf™ Playground Mulch

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms each year for injuries associated with playground equipment. Most injuries occur when children fall from the equipment onto the ground.

Improve the safety surface of your playground or walking trail with Irvine Wood Recovery’s Playground Turf™, a certified safety surface that increases fall protection.

Why use special playground mulch? Won’t regular mulch work?

No. There is a big difference between mulch used for playgrounds and what is used for landscaping. Consider their purposes: Landscaping mulch is used for weed prevention, moisture retention, and a decorative touch. Playground mulch, however, is manufactured specifically for fall protection. Our Playground Turf™ had to meet rigorous safety requirements in order to be designated a safety-certified playground mulch.

What is Playground Turf™?

Playground Turf™ is our superior quality, engineered wood fiber (EWF) playground mulch. It can be used on playgrounds, trails, walkways, parking areas, and anywhere that active people, especially children, are apt to fall.

Our wood chips provide better fall protection than gravel, sand, or rubber matting, and are more cost-efficient than other playground safety surface products on the market. This turf provides ease of mind knowing your family, school or playground has a certified material that Irvine Wood Recovery stands behind.

How much do I need?

To offer the best shock absorption for falls of up to seven feet, mulch used on playgrounds must be nine inches deep. To calculate how much you’ll need for your project, use the handy calculator on this page. Simply type in the desired fill depth and area (rectangular or circular) to get an idea of your estimate.

How do I install Playground Turf™?

Irvine Wood Recovery recommends 15 inch depth to allow for compaction to a 12 inch depth.

Follow the instructions in this document to learn how to correctly install Playground Turf™.

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Quality & Safety Certifications

We are heads above the competition when it comes to playground mulch certification. Playground Turf™ has been tested and certified to the latest standards including:

  • International Play Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (IPEMA) Certified ASTM F1292-04.
    Playground Turf™ meets HIC (head impact criteria) and G:max requirements at 12″ of coverage.
  • IPEMA Certified ASTM F2075-04.
    Playground Turf™ meets tramp metal test and sieve analysis.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Certified ASTM F1951.
    Playground Turf™ is wheelchair accessible.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Playground Turf™ exceeds recommendations.

For more information about the IPEMA certification program and to verify products certifications go to


Additional Benefits of Playground Turf™

Moisture Absorbtion

Solid surfaces can become flooded and slick when it rains. Because it is made from wood, however, Playground Turf™ absorbs and drains moisture. This gives the added safety benefit of reducing slips and falls.


The manufacturing and production process takes place only at Irvine-affiliated companies, so we can pass along the savings to customers. Visit IPEMA website  to learn more about proper installation.

On-Site Delivery

The delivery experts at Irvine Wood Recovery will deliver your specified amount to your playground, walking trail, or other location. Large trailers can transport up to 100 yards of our playground mulch at a time, but we can also deliver smaller truckloads for less extensive projects.

Get Playground Turf™ from Irvine Wood Recovery

If you’re interested in learning more about our safety-certified Playground Turf™ for your next project, contact us today for more information.