Creating Pet-friendly Spaces

Every pet owner knows that your furry friend is an important part of your family! When creating a functional landscape plan for your property, it is key to consider how you, your family, and your friends will use the space and how your dog or cat will use it. At Greely Sand & Gravel, we want to help you create spaces that everyone in the family can enjoy, including those furbabies!

There are several different ways to create a pet-friendly area in your yard or incorporate pet-friendly materials into your overall landscaping design. First, consider whether you want to create a dedicated pet space or go for a more multi-purpose area. This can depend on many factors, including how many pets you have, how much time they spend outside, and the size and shape of your property.

Once you decide on your layout, the next step is to choose what products you will use to create your pet-friendly space. When it comes to dogs and cats, you want to select products that are safe, easy to walk on, and also help control odours that can accompany animal waste. At Greely Sand & Gravel, we recommend three different product options for creating pet-friendly spaces:

  • Decomposed Granite
  • Playground Stone
  • ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone

All three products are high-quality, aesthetically pleasing, and create a clean, neutral look for any area of your yard, regardless of whether you have pets! We recommend these smaller stones because they are typically easier to walk on and provide more stability if you plan to add any outdoor furniture to the space.

When it comes to specifically pet-friendly features, the odour-dispelling properties of Decomposed Granite are a definite plus. In addition to being one of the more visually appealing landscaping products, Decomposed Granite is much finer and more stable than traditional gravel and packs down well to create a safe and stable walking surface for people and pets.

You may have noticed our Greely Sand & Gravel Decomposed Granite in the Fallowfield Via Rail Memorial Park or the Jack Purcell Dog Park in Ottawa. Tried and tested in areas of all shapes and sizes, Decomposed Granite remains a trusted customer favourite for creating pet-friendly spaces.

If you need to cover a large area and are looking for a product that is both affordable and pet-friendly, our Playground Stone is a great option to consider. Rigorously tested for safety, Greely Sand & Gravel’s Playground Stone provides excellent durability at a value-minded price point. In terms of pet-friendly spaces, this option is better suited for cats and smaller dogs due to the very small stone size.

Lastly, Greely Sand & Gravel’s ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone is a classic customer favourite. Locally sourced and composed of a beautiful array of colourful hues, this stone is more decorative and can boost your home's curb appeal. Additionally, the size and shape of the stones make picking up and disposing of pet waste a breeze.

Interested in learning more about creating a pet-friendly outdoor space at your home? Visit our comprehensive online store today, or call our friendly team at 613-821-3003. We can’t wait to help you pick the perfect product for your whole family, furry friends and all!

Creating a BBQ Area

Outdoor living - one of the best parts of spring, summer, and fall in Ottawa. No matter your property's size or shape, an outdoor living space creates a wonderful spot to gather with family and friends to enjoy good weather, beautiful scenery, and delicious food. Not to mention that homes with functional and welcoming outdoor living spaces generally see an increase in their resale value. If you want to create an outdoor living space on your property this summer, Greely Sand & Gravel has all the products you need to get started!

When you think about creating an outdoor living area for barbequing, eating, and maybe enjoying a campfire, your mind might jump straight to an interlock patio or some large flagstones. However, there are many other options for creating a functional and beautiful base for your outdoor living area.

The first thing to consider when planning your outdoor living area is size. How big is your yard? Will this patio area be an addition to an already existing deck or porch? Are you creating anoutdoor living area around a pool? What size and type of furniture will you be placing in the space? Once you have the answers to these questions, you can determine how big your outdoor living area will be. You will also want to consider the placement of your outdoor living area. Make sure that there is adequate drainage and that water won’t pool in the space you are considering.

Once you have the dimensions of the space, consider what product might be the right choice for your area. While a traditional interlock patio can be beautiful and functional, many other options exist! If you are looking for a product that is easy to install and provides great drainage, a rustic, loose stone look might work. Two of our premium products that we would recommend for this type of project are:

● Decomposed Granite
● ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone

Both of these products are naturally occurring, Canadian-sourced products that add both beauty and functionality to your outdoor living space.

Decomposed Granite is obtained from decomposed or eroded hard granite rocks, so the colours may vary from gray and black to red and green. When used well, Decomposed Granite can be one of the most versatile, functional, and aesthetically pleasing hardscaping products available. Decomposed Granite offers a unique texture that creates an excellent base for walking or underneath patio furniture or a barbeque. Additionally, due to its specialized physical properties, mud, dirt, animal waste, and even odours do not stick to it, making it an excellent choice for areas frequented by pets.

If you want a slightly larger and more rustic stone, our ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone is a wonderful option! Also known as pea stone, ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone is small enough to create a stable base for walking or underneath furniture but still gives that rustic, aesthetically pleasing look you would expect from a coloured Riverwash Stone. Our locally sourced Riverwash Stone contains various naturally occurring colours, making it an excellent canvas upon which to build your outdoor living area or barbeque station.

Both Decomposed Granite and ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone are available for bulk load delivery or in convenient Greely Gardening Bags - now available in three sizes. Place your order online or over the phone and select a delivery date that works for you!

For more information about all our landscaping and hardscaping products, don’t hesitate to visit our online store, call our office, or visit one of our two landscape depots. We can’t wait to help make your perfect outdoor living space a reality!

Grading Around Your Home

Many homeowners share the same concern during the spring season: the potential of flooding or water damage on their property. The past few years in Ottawa have seen record-setting floods, resulting in very high groundwater levels in many areas. Even if your community does not experience high groundwater levels, major rainstorms can cause issues for homeowners, especially if your property lacks proper drainage.

So, how can you improve the drainage system around your home and decrease your risk of water damage? Grading around your home can drastically help with diverting water away from your foundation.

Grading around your home is ensuring that the soil, sand, or stone around your foundation slopes away from your house rather than towards it. Ideally, the ground should slope away from the foundation in all directions. This allows rainwater to flow away from the house rather than pool around it. Whether dealing with rainwater or groundwater, grading around your home will help keep your property safe from damage and your basement dry.

You can always seek professional help from a landscaping or foundation care company when it comes to grading around your home. However, there are many ways that you as a homeowner can be proactive about preventing water damage to your property.

A great place to start is by assessing the current grading around your home. Walk around the outer walls of your home and look for any areas where water may be pooling near the foundation. Pay attention to low spots or areas where the ground slopes towards the house. These are potential trouble spots that need to be addressed.

If you want to correct the grading around your home, you will need screened sand as a base layer and about six inches of topsoil to go on top of the sand. Remove any excess fill from the area and then install the sand, making sure to slope it away from your home. Use a rake and a level to ensure the slope is consistent. Once the grade has been corrected, spread the topsoil over the sand and then plant grass seed or lay sod, remembering to water frequently.

As mentioned above, many professionals can help you improve the grading around your home. A retaining wall or French drain might sometimes be needed to prevent erosion and improve drainage. Whatever method you choose, Greely Sand & Gravel has all the landscaping products you need to complete proper grading around your home.

Visit our online store today to learn more about our premium products, fast and convenient delivery options, and the different services we offer to help make your landscaping project a success. Still unsure about what you need? Come visit us at one of our two landscape depots or call our office. Our friendly staff is here to help!

Small Gardens

Gardening season is here and now that the days are so much warmer, it is a great time to get your garden ready for planting! Even if you don’t live on a large property or in a rural area, you can still enjoy all the pleasures and benefits of gardening. Once you start looking into it, you will be amazed at how much you can do in a small space.

If you live in a townhome or simply have a small yard without a lot of extra green space, Greely Sand & Gravel has the perfect garden boxes to get you started. Choose between our 4' x 4' Raised Garden Boxes or our 2' x 3' Raised Garden Planters. Both products are made out of premium wood and will add both aesthetic appeal and functional garden space to your yard. Our 2' x 3' planters can even be placed on your deck or patio to preserve yard area.

Garden boxes and raised planters have many benefits that make them the perfect option for you if you are new to gardening or have limited outdoor space. Besides offering a clearly defined and contained space for your garden, boxes and planters help reduce weed growth, limit the amount of maintenance required, and allow for easier access to your plants, since they are raised off the ground.

Interested in trying your hand at vegetable gardening? Our 4' x 4' Raised Garden Box is an excellent place to start. Made locally at The Woodsource from untreated, natural hemlock, our Raised Garden Box is safe for organic growing and even has an open bottom to allow your plants to grow deep and healthy roots. Paired with our Greely’s Topdressing Soil, which is certified for organic growing, you can rest assured that you are giving your veggies a great and safe headstart!

We recommend starting with at least 12" of Greely’s Topdressing Soil, in order to give your plants the depth and nutrients they need to develop a healthy root system. If you already have a small garden or raised garden box and want to revive it this year, spring is a perfect time to add a few inches of Greely’s Topdressing Soil or Greely’s Mushroom Compost (also certified for organic growing) to your soil. Simply add the new soil on top and blend well using a hand trowel to ensure it is incorporated into the existing soil. Once this is done, you are ready to plant!

Our 2' X 3' Raised Garden Planters are perfect for adding colour and aesthetic appeal to your deck, patio, porch, or yard. Made from beautiful, sturdy cedar, our Raised Garden Planters have an enclosed bottom to keep your deck or patio clean while allowing enough depth for your flowers to flourish. Our Greely’s Topdressing Soil provides all the essential nutrients needed to grow strong, vibrant flowers. Try mixing and matching different varieties and colour schemes when picking your plants to create a beautiful look in your Raised Garden Planter.

Spring is in full swing but it is not too late to add a stunning Raised Garden Planter or a functional Raised Garden Box to your property! Learn more about both these amazing products in our convenient online store and place an order today. We offer delivery of bulk landscape products such as Greely’s Topdressing Soil or Greely’s Mushroom Compost that can be added to your order for Raised Garden Planters or Raised Garden Boxes.

Still have questions or want to see our products for yourself before placing an order? Come visit our landscape depot at 1971 Old Prescott Road in Greely to see the amazing array of landscaping materials we have to offer. Our friendly team of experts will be happy to assist you!

Mushroom Compost and Soil Deliveries

With all the sunshine and spring-like weather we have been having here in the Ottawa area, now is a perfect time to place an order for delivery of landscaping products like Mushroom Compost and Greely’s Topdressing Soil!

Did you know that you can place an order for exactly how much of each product you need and choose the date you want it delivered? No more navigating through crowded parking lots with bags and bags of soil and compost in your cart. Simply figure out how much product you need, place the order, mark the spot for delivery, and our experienced and professional team will take care of the rest!

Both our Mushroom Compost and our famous Greely’s Topdressing Soil are high-quality, locally sourced products that are certified for organic growing. So not only can we offer you convenient, scheduled delivery, but you can have peace of mind knowing that you are getting the very best when it comes to landscaping products for your next project.

Not sure how much product you need? Once you have the dimensions of the space you need to fill, use our handy Cubic Yard Calculator (located on most of our product pages on our website) to figure out how many cubic yards you will need. We always recommend adding a little extra, just to ensure you have enough to finish the job.

For smaller orders, or if you need multiple products for a job, consider ordering our Greely Gardening Bags. These bags come in three convenient sizes: ¼ cubic yard, ½ cubic yard, and full cubic yard. And if you need one bag of Greely’s Topdressing Soil and another bag of Mushroom Compost, you can have them delivered on the same day and save $25! Considering adding a third or fourth bag? Each subsequent bag you order for delivery on the same day will have a $25 discount!

Our Greely Gardening Bags are delivered using a forklift as they weigh several hundred pounds each at minimum. Some things to remember when deciding where you want your bag placed:

  • The forklift needs at least nine feet wide and twelve feet high for clearance to navigate through fences or other tight areas.
  • We can deliver to backyards only if there is enough clearance and a clear path for the forklift to drive safely to the desired location.
  • We cannot place bags over a fence.
  • We generally do not place bags inside buildings or garages. If you would like to have a bag placed in a building or garage, we ask that you be home at the time of delivery and have an alternate location decided upon in case the bag cannot be placed in your desired spot.
  • Our forklift cannot drive over a sidewalk or down a City of Ottawa path. When completing a delivery, the products and machinery must remain on the homeowner’s property.

If you require a larger amount of a product, we offer delivery by dump truck for loads ranging in size from one to 22 cubic yards of Mushroom Compost, Screened Topsoil, or Greely’s Topdressing Soil.

When ordering a bulk load, it is important to pick a spot to have it delivered where there are no overhead wires and enough space for the product to be fully dumped on your property, without blocking any necessary entries or exits. While we do have several smaller dump trucks, each load to be dumped will still require at least a 15’ x 15’ space. It is not required to have a tarp down before a product is dumped, but we do recommend it if you do not want your product mixed with whatever might be on the ground underneath it. A tarp can also make for easier cleanup once you have used all of the product. Again, you will need a tarp that is at least 15’ x 15’, depending on the size of the load.

Landscaping season is once again in full swing and here at Greely Sand & Gravel, we are excited to be providing the people of Ottawa with high-quality products and excellent customer service, no matter what your project might be. Still have questions about our products or our different delivery options? Give our office a call at 613-821-3003 - our friendly and knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to assist you!

Organic Products

With so many of us trying hard to eat local, it’s no wonder that having homegrown produce has become so popular. Many people are trying their hand at growing their food, in both urban and rural settings. Whether you have a small garden box or a large backyard vegetable garden, the type of soil you use is key to producing robust, high-quality produce.

At Greely Sand & Gravel, we are proud to offer our customers two top-quality products that are certified for organic growing. Both our Greely’s Topdressing Soil, and our Mushroom Compost are excellent options if you are pursuing organic growing, or just want to make sure that you are using the best quality soil for your plants.

Greely’s Topdressing Soil has been a customer favourite for three decades! This specially blended triple-mix soil combines screened topsoil, black peat, and locally sourced Mushroom Compost to produce a product that is easy to work with and is certified for organic growing. If you are starting a new vegetable garden, garden box, or potted plants, Greely’s Topdressing Soil is the perfect choice! No need to add any extra fertilizers or soil conditioners - simply fill the area with Greely’s Topdressing Soil, plant your fruits and vegetables, water, and harvest. We recommend giving your plants at least 12” of soil depth to allow a strong and healthy root system to develop.

Greely’s Mushroom Compost comes from Carleton Mushroom Farm in Osgoode and is an organic soil conditioner that provides a variety of nutrients and minerals to your plants. If you have an existing garden and want to improve the soil quality, simply add Greely’s Mushroom Compost to your soil at a ratio of one part Mushroom Compost to two parts soil, ensuring that the Mushroom Compost is mixed well into the soil. Spring is the best time to add Mushroom Compost to your garden, as it will improve soil health before planting season.

Wondering what it means that these products are certified for organic growing? To receive this certification from CSI (Centre for Systems Integration), we undergo rigorous testing and inspection of our screening and blending procedures, and must regularly test and inspect our products to ensure that there is no variance in quality and no deviation from the standards that must be met to be certified for organic growing. This also means that our products are not treated with any chemicals, even those that might aid in preventing weed growth because that could invalidate our certification for organic growing.

In addition to having confidence that their soil is clean and top quality, our customers regularly report that fruits and vegetables grown in Greely’s Topdressing Soil are larger, juicer, and more vibrant than those grown in other soils. We have been making this soil blend from a trusted family recipe for more than 30 years, and have seen the incredible results firsthand. Choosing Greely’s Topdressing Soil and Greely’s Mushroom Compost means choosing to give your garden a head start.

When you choose Greely’s Topdressing Soil, or our Mushroom Compost, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are using a top-quality product to grow fruits and vegetables that you feel confident eating. We are pleased to be able to offer our customers these products that are certified for organic growing and available now for pick-up or delivery. To learn more about Greely’s Topdressing Soil or Mushroom Compost, and the convenient delivery options we offer, simply visit our online store or give us a call at 613-821-3003. We are your local partner for high-quality gardening products, certified for organic growing!

Seeding & Sodding in the Fall

As we come to the end of this remarkably warm Fall season, you may be wondering if you still have time to work on your lawn before the snow flies. In fact, Fall can be a great time to seed, sod, or overseed your property, to ensure that your grass is strong, healthy, and lush come Springtime!

Contrary to what you may think, cooler weather can actually be very beneficial when growing grass. Scorching hot summer temperatures can make it difficult for seeds to germinate. Additionally, your grass will require heavy and frequent watering in hotter weather, especially if you are trying to get fresh sod to take. When the temperatures drop a bit, grass requires less moisture, which will make your job easier, as less watering will be required!

While you may not be ready to tackle starting a whole new lawn from scratch, October can be a wonderful time to address any bare spots on your lawn and to overseed your grass. Throughout the summer months, your lawn can go through a lot of wear and tear, especially if it has endured a lot of hot weather. Take some time to walk around your property and identify any patches or areas that may require a little extra TLC.

For smaller areas, try adding some of our Greely Sand & Gravel Screened Topsoil to level the area. Then seed generously with one of our premium grass seeds. Water thoroughly and continue to water as needed throughout the following days and weeks. For larger areas, consider using a few rolls of sod on top of a solid base of Greely Sand & Gravel Screened Topsoil. Again, make sure to water thoroughly at installation and continue to water as needed.

If your grass seems to be thin in certain spots, it may be a good idea to overseed in those areas. Start by spreading a thin layer of Greely’s Topdressing Soil over the space you want to overseed. Once the soil has been gently raked through, sprinkle seed on top and water generously. Putting the work in during the fall months will help your lawn come back even more full and healthy in the Spring! Additionally, Greely’s Topdressing Soil is perfectly blended to provide your existing and new grass with the nutrients it needs to thrive.

Our convenient delivery of bulk or Greely’s Gardening Bag orders continues throughout the Fall season. Simply call our office or visit our online store to place an order for top quality soils, seed, even tool rentals! Everything you need to get the job done is available at Greely Sand & Gravel with convenient delivery options so that you can focus on the project at hand.

Call us today to get started on your Fall landscaping project. Our knowledgeable team is here to help!

Premium Bedding Stone

School is back in, the weather is cooling down, and summer activities are wrapping up for another year. Although landscaping may be the last thing on your mind during the Fall season, September can be a great time to put in some work around your property to make sure it is ready for you to enjoy in the Spring. Have you been dreaming about that perfect patio or new walking path? Maybe you need to replace or fix your driveway or walkway before the snow flies. If an interlock or patio stone project is on your to do list this Fall, you need to call Greely Sand & Gravel to make sure you have all the right products, just in time!

One of our more specialized products that can hugely impact the success of an interlock or patio stone project is our Premium Bedding Stone. Premium Bedding Stone, also known as High Performance Bedding, is similar to gravel except that it is made up of tiny, angular pieces. The shape of the stones allows them to fit together well, creating an excellent base for patio stone or interlock bricks. Premium Bedding Stone is self-compacting, and is designed to resist shifting when weight is placed on it, making it stable and secure. In areas where water may accumulate, Premium Bedding Stone also provides excellent drainage.

When using Premium Bedding Stone as your base for an interlock or patio stone project, you will not need crushed stone or stone dust. Simply excavate the area, add landscape edging around the perimeter, and fill the space with a layer of Premium Bedding Stone. We generally recommend a depth of approximately 4” - 6” for your layer of Premium Bedding Stone.

If you haven’t yet selected your patio stones, we are pleased to offer a variety of options here at Greely Sand & Gravel. Our large patio stones are popular with our customers as they are quick and easy to install and add a timeless, functional feature to your property. We also have several more unique options such as our “Big Foot” and “Paw Print” stones which are perfect for a fun walking path. Whether you are looking for something classic and functional or want to add a whimsical feature to your lawn, Greely Sand & Gravel has patio stones to fit your vision. Come and see them at our landscape depot in Greely or in our online store!

Along with your patio stones and Premium Bedding Stone, don’t forget to add some other essential products that will give your project a completed look. We supply top quality landscape edging which will keep your lines clean and distinct and help prevent your stones from shifting after installation. If you are doing a project involving interlock stone, you will want to pick up a bag or two of our Polymeric Sand. Available in grey, beige, white, and black, Polymeric Sand seals the gaps between the individual stones. Once you have set all your stones in place, simply pour the Polymeric Sand on top and sweep it into all the spaces between the stones. A quick sprinkle of water from the hose and your Polymeric Sand will set - finishing off your interlock project.

For more information regarding our Premium Bedding Stone, pavers, patio stones, landscape edging, Polymeric Sand, and more, visit our online store today! We are also open and ready to assist you five days a week at our two conveniently located landscape depots. Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean it is too late to make your landscaping dream a reality this year!

Riverwash Stone

A time-tested classic, Riverwash Stone continues to be one of Greely Sand & Gravel’s most popular products, year after year! This stone is both durable and beautiful and can be used in so many different applications around your property. From creating a sturdy walking path, to outlining your pool, to providing excellent drainage, Riverwash Stone serves so many different purposes, all while looking attractive and requiring little maintenance.

Greely Sand & Gravel’s Riverwash Stone is locally sourced from the Ottawa Valley. The stones are carefully cleaned and sorted according to size. Depending on the specific area where the stones are collected, there can be variation in shape and colour - part of what makes this product unique and versatile! While it may look dusty and grey on a hot and dry day, rinsing off your Riverwash Stone with a hose will bring out its vibrant colours. From tones of red and pink to blues, greys, and whites, Riverwash Stone is a truly stunning assortment of stones that mesh together to create a clean, eye-catching element in your landscaping.

When it comes to sizing, Greely Sand & Gravel offers five different stone sizes to fit every project:

  • ⅜” - ⅝”
  • ¾” - 1 ½”
  • ⅞” - 1”
  • 1 ½” - 2”
  • 2” - 5”

To create a walking path or a base for a patio, you generally will want to choose a smaller stone size to provide more stability. If your project involves making a border around a pool, garden, or along the edge of your property, a bigger size of stone will help fill the space and create a strong visual effect. A medium sized stone can be a great option to allow for drainage in spots of your property that may encounter more rain and groundwater.

If you are looking for a bigger stone with a similar look to Riverwash Stone, be sure to check out our Ornamental Pond Stone. These larger stones have the same overall colour scheme as Riverwash Stone, but are perfect for use around or as a base for a pond or water feature. When used on the bottom of a pond, Ornamental Pond Stone provides a very natural look, especially as the water and sunlight highlight the colour and variety of the stones.

It can be difficult to know exactly what size of stone would work well for a specific landscaping project. Some properties may even require multiple sizes of Riverwash Stone for different areas and purposes. If you are still unsure about which size of Riverwash Stone you need, stop by one of our two landscape depots to see the product for yourself! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you. And remember, the stones always look more vibrant when they have been given a good rinse!

Once you have decided on the size of stone you need, measure the length and width of the area you want to cover, in order to determine how much of the product you will need. For Riverwash Stone, we recommend a depth of at least 3” for the smaller stone sizes and at least 8” for the larger stone sizes, in order to ensure good coverage. Use our handy Cubic Yard Calculator on our online store to figure out how many cubic yards you will need. Riverwash Stone is available for delivery in bulk loads by dump truck, or in our convenient Greely Gardening Bags - now available in three sizes! When placing your order, don’t forget to add some of our Pro Silver Plus weed barrier fabric to keep weeds and grass from growing up through your Riverwash Stone.

Still have questions? Visit our online store now to learn more about our products and delivery options or pick up the phone and give us a call today at 613-821-3003.

Playground Products

Whether you are a contractor, homeowner, daycare operator, or school administrator, when you need playground products, Greely Sand and Gravel is here for you. We pride ourselves on offering highly tested playground products that are safe, visually appealing, and most importantly, fun!

At Greely Sand and Gravel, we carry three products that have been specifically developed and approved for use under and around children’s playground areas. These are Playground Stone, Playground Sand, Adventure Playground Mulch.

While each option has its own benefits to offer, any of these three products would make a great base for your play area or playground.

Ottawa Playground Stone is a washed, clear round pea stone that is perfectly sized for children to walk and play on. This stone is impact-tested and meets safety standards set out by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Besides using it under and around a play structure, this stone is also a perfect option for creating a walking path or as the base for a rock garden.

Ottawa Playground Sand is also rigorously tested and meets safety standards set out by the City of Ottawa. This soft sand provides cushioning under swings, slides, and climbers, and is also a great option for sandboxes and sand tables. Wherever you use it, Ottawa Playground Sand is sure to be a popular option among children for playing, digging, and building.

Adventure Playground Mulch is composed of natural wood fiber that mats together well, creating a soft and cushioned surface, perfect for play. One of the major benefits of Adventure Playground Mulch is that it makes your play area accessible for people requiring assistive equipment such as walkers or wheelchairs. Greely Sand and Gravel’s Adventure Playground is certified for safe and accessible playground use by IPEMA - the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association.

When it comes to installing your playground product, we recommend a depth of at least 12”. This provides enough depth to allow for the products to compact and still provide sufficient cushioning, accessibility, and impact absorption. Additionally, if you are using Ottawa Playground Sand in your play area, a depth of 12” will allow plenty of room for digging and building with sand toys. To prevent weed growth, we strongly recommend using a weed barrier fabric below your playground product. Check out our online store to see some of our top quality options such as our Pro Silver Plus.

An added benefit of all three of our play products is their visual appeal. From clean, soft Ottawa Playground Sand, to the beautiful colours in our Ottawa Playground Stone (Tip: Rinse the stone down with a hose to bring out the vibrant shades), to the neutral wood tones of Adventure Playground Mulch, you will never need to compromise on aesthetics to find the perfect product for your play area.

Still have questions or want to see our playground products for yourself? Stop by one of our two conveniently located landscaping depots where our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you. Or, visit our online store today to learn more about these safe, accessible, and fun playground products!