How to Prepare Your Yard for a Swing Set

As you get ready to add a swing set to your yard, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself. You probably have visions of your kids having a great time playing on the swings, and you’re excited to make that vision a reality. But before you put the set in place, you need to do some prep work to make sure the project will be a success. Read on to learn how to prepare your yard for a swing set. Taking the time upfront to get your yard ready will save you many headaches down the line.

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Pick a Specific Site

You know that you want to add a swing set to your yard, but where will you put it? Picking exactly where the swing set will sit is the first step in this project.

We recommend selecting a site that is already relatively level. This way, you won’t have to do as much prep work to the ground later on. Also, since you’ll need to dig down to anchor the swing set, make sure your chosen site doesn’t have anything underground to worry about (utilities, sprinklers, etc.).

Find the Right Equipment

Once you’ve settled on the perfect site for your swing set, you can then pick out the equipment you’re going to purchase. You need to make sure that whatever set you decide on is going to fit in the space you have available. By knowing the set you are going to order—or have already ordered—you can mark out the space on the ground and get to work.

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Establish a Perfectly Level Base

Even if you picked a pretty level site on your property, chances are you will still need to do some leveling work before you’re ready to build. The task here is pretty simple, but it might require some physical effort to get it ready to go.

Start by putting stakes in each corner of the site. Then, run a level line from stake to stake to use as a guide. These lines will make it easier to evaluate the slope of the ground, and you can then begin to dig as necessary. The goal is to have anchor holes for each corner of the swing set that are perfectly level with one another.

Add a Base Material

With your leveling work done and the holes dug, now is a good time to bring in some base material for underneath your swing set. You’ll want to have a relatively soft surface for kids to land on when they get off the swings. There are plenty of options for surfacing materials on a playground, including wood chips, shredded rubber, pea gravel, and more.

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