How To: Lay Rubber Play Chippings

Laying Rubber Play Chippings

Like all garden and household DIY projects the key to good installation is preparation. Follow these tips and you will have many years of virtually weed free safe play surfacing. Laying rubber chippings doesn’t take much in the way of equipment, a rake, shovel and a sharp knife for cutting the landscaping membrane should do you.


  • Level out the area to be re-surfaced as much as possible and fill in any dips and pot holes. Pull up any weeds and remove any “buried treasures” like crisp packets and bottles etc.
  • Try and get the ground as smooth as possible, remove any protruding stones which may damage the landscape fabric.
  • Use a good weed repellent, the type sold in garden centres and builders merchants and give the whole area a good dousing.
  • Lay the landscaping fabric as flush to the ground as possible, making sure that any edges run at least 50mm up the sides.

Laying the Chippings

The depth of the play chippings is determined by the amount of fall height cover you require. Most of our customers tend to order chippings for a depth of 50mm, which is fine for everyday slips and trips, but you may want to consider going deeper if you have swings, slides or climbing frames.

Here is our recommended laying depth guide

  1. Play Area Coverage
Fall Height Depth Required
0.8m 50mm
1.5m 100mm
2.2m 150mm


A 1000ltr Bulk Bag (410kg) will cover:

20 square metres at 50mm depth

10 square metres at 100mm depth

7 square metres at 150mm depth

Once you decided on the required depth, it’s simply a case of digging in and carefully laying the chippings, usually with a hand shovel. Take your time to fill the required area evenly, using a tape measure pre-set at the required depth. If you are a little short at the end just give us a call, it would be much cheaper to buy a couple of 10kg bags than a full bulk bag and would give you peace of mind that your full area is covered.