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Does anyone have a play bark area in their garden?

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Bubbaloo Sun 14-Sep-08 20:54:40

We're having the garden completely re-done next week and have chosen to have a play bark area at the end of the garden,to put the climbing frame and swings etc.
I'm now wondering whether all the neighbourhood cats will think it's a giant litter tray and if so,what other alternatives may be better.We've got 2 cats,there are a few strays that come into the garden aswell as plenty of foxes.

ChupitosGalore Sun 14-Sep-08 20:58:01

grass if not too much wear and traffic (obv get muddy if , say, swings are used all the time)
slabs if you dont need/want the safety aspect of cracking heads open of hyperactive playing dc
decking... if youre minted grin
if it is a safety play surface you want you can get those rubberised outdoor play tiles they use in public park playgrounds... prob 'spensive tho...

zippitippitoes Sun 14-Sep-08 20:59:29

i did have when i had kids

used some prodct called reynard to keep cats away

Bubbaloo Sun 14-Sep-08 21:20:46

It really does have to be somewhere safe,especially as ds1 has problems with his feet and does tend to fall over more than most children
Did that Reynard work in keeping the cats away?

glowersintheattic Sun 14-Sep-08 21:21:07

The cats near us use the play bark in the playground near us as a litter tray, in fact I recently caught one in the act and tried to get her out before she started - too late, the little * * * * * * just left a trail of poos to the fence which I then had to go back and try to find and remove - almost impossible as play bark is perfect camouflage for cat poo. So personally it's the very last thing I'd put in my garden. Could you do grass with the rubberised tiles just under the swing, end of slide etc.?

Olihan Sun 14-Sep-08 21:25:30

We looked at bark to go under our climbing stuff but were put off by the thought of it turning into a cat toilet. We bought recycled rubber stuff called EcoScape in the end (google it) which is great because the cats won't poo in it, it doesn't hold water, comes in about 12 different colours and doesn't disintegrate like bark. The only downside is that it's about twice as expensive as bark.

midnightexpress Sun 14-Sep-08 21:26:25

I was recently talking to someone from the nursery over the fence from our garden and was advised against play bark for that very reason. And as glowers suggests it's perfect camouflage for all sorts of unpleasantness. He also said that the cushioned stuff they have in playgrounds is v v expansive, so don't know what else to suggest I'm afraid. Will watch with interest though as we're in the middle of taming a jungle out in our 'garden'.

bythepowerofgreyskull Sun 14-Sep-08 21:29:47

we have bark chippings (ours wasn;t called play bark) round sand pit and play house and under swing. loads of cats in area and no cat issue here.. not sure if it is because it is chunkier that play bark?

ChupitosGalore Sun 14-Sep-08 21:30:35

anything on here?

Bubbaloo Sun 14-Sep-08 22:10:31

Think I've definately gone off the idea of play bark now.Will ring the gardener tomorrow and see what he suggests as an alternative.

VersdeSociete Sun 14-Sep-08 22:15:49

Bark chippings are fine. Many cats about in our neighbourhood, not apparently attracted to our bark

Bubbaloo Sun 14-Sep-08 22:25:55

Oh no,I'm now in 2 minds againshock.

ChupitosGalore Sun 14-Sep-08 23:15:51

dont you just hate that?? i cant make a decision to save my life any more... sympathy!

SmugColditz Sun 14-Sep-08 23:16:50



VersdeSociete Sun 14-Sep-08 23:18:54

Have this horrible feeling that there are possibly queues of crapping cats in my garden and I have never noticed them...

But surely my children would be covered in cat faeces if this were so?

Gingerbear Sun 14-Sep-08 23:19:02

Bark composts quickly, and it is a brill weed magnet - we have a patch of omnipresent bindweed in ours. Soon to be dug up and grassed!

BibiThree Sun 14-Sep-08 23:19:11

Next door have it and it's full of cat poop and has mushrooms growing in it hmm
They hate it.

ChupitosGalore Sun 14-Sep-08 23:19:34

now thats what i like to see; a decisive, clear, unequivocal statement one way or the other. in caps too... id go with that if i were you.

VersdeSociete Sun 14-Sep-08 23:23:04

There is some sort of linery stuff under our bark which probably discourages mushrooms. I shall be inspecting it tomorrow for cat crap...

ChupitosGalore Sun 14-Sep-08 23:37:23

weed suppressing fabric a good idea under any top dressing. its short sighted not to ime.

Bubbaloo Mon 15-Sep-08 07:58:02

Right,definately not having the bark now-have made up my mindgrin.
Will find out how much extra it will be to maybe have decking instead,unless he has a better suggestion.

Bubbaloo Mon 15-Sep-08 11:00:31

Have spoken to the gardener this morning who tells me that the play bark pieces are apparently alot bigger than the standard bark chips and therefore the cats aren't usually interested in using it as a toilethmm.
He's bringing over some samples of it to show me on Weds evening,so maybe I should hold judgement til thenwink.

OrmIrian Mon 15-Sep-08 11:03:08

We have some but only under the trampoline where no-one walks. I'd avoid it where there's too much through traffic as it will get squashed and scattered and muddy. Yes, cats did use it as a litter tray but I think it was only ours.

Bubbaloo Mon 15-Sep-08 11:22:43

I asked him about the decking but he said he didn't think it was suitable/safe for a children'a area and even suggested leaving it as a grass area,but obviously that would eventually be ruined too.

Uriel Mon 15-Sep-08 11:25:39

Ask the gardener if he can guarantee that the cats/fox won't use it as a toilet.

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