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Uneven Ground

Nov 2018 20 16:16

Post by Charmaine » Tue, 20th Nov 2018, 4:16pm

Post by Charmaine by Charmaine Nov 2018 20 16:16

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if any of you had any ideas of how I can get ground even?
We have a slide play set onsite in the FKS playground, the ground underneath this has become very uneven. Even though it had the plastic mesh put down it has some how become like little hills. Also there is now a hole in part of it big enough for me to get my foot stuck in.
How would you go about repairing this?
I though we could fill in the hole but to get the ground even again would be a bigger job....

Any advice is greatly appreciated! :)

Thanks.

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Re: Uneven Ground

Nov 2018 20 16:30

Post by Jubbs » Tue, 20th Nov 2018, 4:30pm

Post by Jubbs by Jubbs Nov 2018 20 16:30

Can you supply a picture of the ground or at least a more detailed description as I'm not sure what you meant by Plastic Mesh or what the ground is made of, tarmac, earth, synthetic grass ?
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Re: Uneven Ground

Nov 2018 20 16:37

Post by Charmaine » Tue, 20th Nov 2018, 4:37pm

Post by Charmaine by Charmaine Nov 2018 20 16:37

Hello thank you for your reply,

the plastic underneath is: rubber grass protect mats.

So they help the grass from get ruined and grow better even with heavy traffic.

But now the ground underneath has gone very uneven and is no longer safe.

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Re: Uneven Ground

Nov 2018 20 18:18

Post by Viking72 » Tue, 20th Nov 2018, 6:18pm

Post by Viking72 by Viking72 Nov 2018 20 18:18

You will have to remove the matting, level the surface with topsoil compacted or sand then relay the surface.

Those mesh mats have always been pants. Bit the bullet and get some astro down. [Like.png]

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Re: Uneven Ground

Nov 2018 20 19:04

Post by EBJ » Tue, 20th Nov 2018, 7:04pm

Post by EBJ by EBJ Nov 2018 20 19:04

Starting from scratch again is your best bet. [Disappointment.png]
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Re: Uneven Ground

Nov 2018 21 08:24

Post by Charmaine » Wed, 21st Nov 2018, 8:24am

Post by Charmaine by Charmaine Nov 2018 21 08:24

Thank you all for your reply's.

I am waiting for the teacher and SLT thoughts on the matter also but I will take what you have said into consideration! :)

The thoughts so far maybe fill in the hole with soil then cover the whole area with play bark to fill in and level out the ground and it will also provide a soft base in case of any accidents.....

So we shall see.

Thanks again.

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Re: Uneven Ground

Nov 2018 21 08:36

Post by Acaretaker » Wed, 21st Nov 2018, 8:36am

Post by Acaretaker by Acaretaker Nov 2018 21 08:36

Charmaine wrote:
Wed, 21st Nov 2018, 8:24am
Thank you all for your reply's.

I am waiting for the teacher and SLT thoughts on the matter also but I will take what you have said into consideration! :)

The thoughts so far maybe fill in the hole with soil then cover the whole area with play bark to fill in and level out the ground and it will also provide a soft base in case of any accidents.....

So we shall see.

Thanks again.
We had play bark on site and we (read I) had to rake it every day and check/sign off that there was no cat dirt or foreign objects mixed in. very quickly replaced it with Astro turf.
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Re: Uneven Ground

Nov 2018 21 09:00

Post by Charmaine » Wed, 21st Nov 2018, 9:00am

Post by Charmaine by Charmaine Nov 2018 21 09:00

Hi,
Oh really..... thanks for letting me know this!

That sounds like a right pain....
Well I will put that forward to them also as that might change there mind on it!

the staff down in the FKS are 'meant' to do a risk assessment down there every day/week any way so they might say it is ok but we shall see. [Like.png]

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Re: Uneven Ground

Nov 2018 21 10:38

Post by JohnE875 » Wed, 21st Nov 2018, 10:38am

Post by JohnE875 by JohnE875 Nov 2018 21 10:38

As said in previous posts, elbow grease and a ton of top soil sounds the best way out of this one.
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Re: Uneven Ground

Nov 2018 21 12:46

Post by Jubbs » Wed, 21st Nov 2018, 12:46pm

Post by Jubbs by Jubbs Nov 2018 21 12:46

Very difficult job to do, lots of bods needed. To level the ground you'd need to lift the mats, thats no easy task when the grass is rooted and growing through. Although this time of year or maybe even jan/feb is best as the grass has died back.

Levelling is time consuming and a good deal of top soil mixed with sand is needed to do the job properly. A specialist company may be best to do this, one that lays lawns etc, but the cost is going to be high, like others have said, bite the bullet and get rid of it and lay a synthetic like NoMow etc. They should put down some compacted ballast with sand on top then a membrane and finally the grass. Edging a little different but it ain't going to be cheap, somewhere in the region of £70 per sq metre and a bit extra for removing/disposing of matting.

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