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Backyard Playgrounds

Playgrounds are a staple of many American backyards, and come in all shapes and sizes. They allow kids to imagine they're pirates, pretend they're astronauts, or go on a superhero adventure, all from the comfort of home.

To plan for an active playground area, select plants that are hardy and can stand up to heavy play. Use a turfgrass that can take the wear and tear, or consider a thick layer of mulch for a soft surface.

Kids can be entertained for hours on playgrounds, so it's important to provide cover from the sun. Plant shade trees, but select larger trees that won't require frequent pruning.

For safety's sake, avoid using plants that are irritating or poisonous, and choose a site that can be seen from inside your home.

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