HOW TO BUILD A SANPIT

A sandpit is a great way to provide your children with a play area that you can monitor whilst they enjoy hours of activities. It is also a step‐by‐step project that you can complete together with your children.

how to build a sandpit

STEP 1.CHOOSE YOUR SITE

Choose the site for your sand pit, taking into consideration trees and weather conditions, in particular exposure
to sun. Don’t build near a fruit tree such as a plum tree or you will have another job, cleaning the sand pit of
rotten fruit.

STEP 2. EXCAVATION

Once the size and position of the pit is determined, start to excavate the selected area to about 200mm below
the grass or finished sand level. You can use the top layer of grass to repair bare spots in the lawn, or stack it
upside down in the compost.

Dig out the dark coloured top soil and add it to compost or scatter in the garden. Prepare a flat bed for the sand
to sit on. If your sub soil is clay or hardpan you may face some drainage problems. To overcome this install a
perforated drainage pipe, drain tile or a deep hole in the middle of the pit and then cover with crushed rock,
stones or coarse gravel
and replace soil.

STEP 3. LAY OUT YOUR SLEEPERS

Lay out your timber sleepers once they have been cut to your chosen measurements. This can be done by simply
using a hand saw or circular saw. It’s a good idea to get some help from a friend to lay out the sleepers as they are
heavy. Check that they are a suitable length, level and then fasten together using galvanized nails or spikes. If they
are raised well above ground level, use 50 x 50mm pegs every half a metre to hold the panels in place.

STEP 4. FILLING THE PIT

Fill the pit with sand. Australian Native Landscapes sell sand in 20kg bags. If you don’t have a vehicle or trailer
suitable to transport your required load, enquire about our home delivery services.
You may choose to lay a plastic sheet to reduce weed growth.

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