A sandbox in your backyard could really create some memorable times for both you and your child. In addition to this being the perfect place to build sand castles, you are creating a safe place where neighborhood kids can come play that is safe. Learning how to build a sand box for your child should only take the better part of an afternoon after you purchase the supplies you need. Here are some simple steps on how to build a sandbox in your backyard.
The first thing you must consider is the location. This is not something that can be easily moved around. The children will be spending hours playing, so be sure you place it somewhere that the sun is not beating down on them all day long. Also choose a location that you can easily see from your home or anywhere in the yard. Avoid low elevations where rain can flood the box out. The next step is learning where to buy your supplies. When considering where to buy your wood, choose a store tat offers to cut for free in case you do not have a circular saw.
Once you have the lumber that you will need to make the frame, lay out the boards on the ground mark out the inside perimeter. Remove the boards and dig approximately 3 inches deep for the boards to lie in. This will add support and ensure nothing gets under the lumber. Place all the boards in the ground and secure them to one another with wood screws. Once the boards are secure, add about a one inch layer of sand in the box. Level it off and then add other layer, once again leveling it off.
Remove the frame from the ground, take some landscape fabric and completely cover the area, then place the frame back in place. The weight of the frame will hold the fabric in place for now. Then begin filling in the box with the rest until you are a few inches from the top of the frame. That landscape paper will not only keep weeds out, it will act as a drainage system in the event rain gets in the box.
Once the sandbox is full, you need to decide on a cover. The cover will protect the contents from more than the rain. Many feral cats and other wild rodents will use the new toy as their personal litter boxes. The cover will help to keep urine and feces. The cover can be a simple wood frame with planks that lies over the existing frame to allow water in and drain through.
Forsythias will look great and add color to your area.
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