Quick, my son is turning 2yrs old and we need a "Child-Proof" Landscape in New Smyrna Beach, FL.
According to the public shool teacher, her backyard was in shambles and needed to be "Child-Proof" by the time her first born turns 2 years old, approximately 1 month away... CSI Natural met with the family to discuss their needs and time-line in more detail. After meeting with the family, the decision was to tear-out the entire backyard except for the tropical landscaping already in place. No Problem!
CSI Natural contacted a local preferred Independent Contractor and discussed the project in greater detail. The contractor removed all existing grass and cleaned-out the existing mulch beds. Shortly after, a thin layer of CSI Natural Earth Matting was applied within the beds creating a nice porous base and then built-up the beds with 8" - 10" of CSI NaturalSpent Compost which provided a nutrient rich grow medium for existing plants/trees.
After all of the beds were completed, a 3" layer of Natural TopSoil was applied on top of the existing foundation for the new sod to be laid over. After the sod was layed down, a 2"-3" layer of Natural Spent TopDressing was applied over the top of the sod, which will actively fertilize through the winter months moving into spring.
The "Child-Proof" play zone is the designated area for playground equipment, toys of all sizes and lots of kids... The contractor applied the proper weed matting sheets to reduce weed invasion within the play zone. After the weed matt was layed down, a 4" layer of Natural Hardwood Fines was applied over the top which floored the play area. Natural Hardwood Fines were chosen because of the consistently small size of the woody materials (approx. 1/2") which reduces risk of injury while playing with friends and family.
Upon completion of the project, under budget and on-time, the Volusia County public school teacher had money and time left over to throw the best 2nd Birthday Party any 2 year old could wish for. Family and friends agreed, the renovation was a wonderfully natural solution to a "Child-Unfriendly Backyard".