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As a cost-effective engineered wood fiber known for its ability to absorb high impacts, as well as excellent slip resistance and accessibility when installed and maintained properly, our WoodCarpet® system makes an excellent playground surface that meets or exceeds ASTM, CPSC and CSA standards.

8-12 inches of WoodCarpet® combined with 3-4 inches of gravel and our recommended fabric make this the most affordable system available. For optimum functional longevity, we recommend 8″ thickness for equipment 4ft. and under and 12″ thickness for equipment over 4 ft. Install a drainage system below your Woodcarpet® to extend the life of your surfacing.



Product Details

Impact Rating

12″ Rated to 12′

ADA Compliant

Yes, with proper installation and maintenance.


Soil or Sand

Green Features

Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally. Pre-Consumer Recovered Content.

Other Features

Simple Installation. Affordable. System Discounts Available.


Raking & occasional topping off


Meets ASTM F1292 for 15 years (must be installed & maintained per Zeager specification) 

Wood Fiber Safety Surfacing

No two playgrounds are alike. They all have their unique mix of terrain, surroundings, equipment and traffic. To ensure that every customer of Zeager Bros., Inc. can feel confident about installing our Woodcarpet® Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) on their playground, we never use post-consumer wood such as pallets or scrap wood which could contain nails or chemicals such as paint, oils or other hazardous substances. Natural, durable and affordable, our wood fiber surfacing comes from fresh, lumber-grade wood chips or fresh cut field chips designed to provide many great benefits:


  • Offers the right amount of cushioning for the most intense of children’s play. This includes running, jumping and tumbling, as well as those unfortunate trips and spills that can’t be avoided but can be serious if the ground is too hard.
  • When installed correctly, our wood fiber safety surfacing allows excellent water drainage. This makes it an excellent playground surface in all types of climates and locations, without having to worry about water pooling and saturation.
  • Little maintenance is required with our wood fiber products. They are meant to be installed and enjoyed and give years of trouble-free service. Aside from some basic raking and topping off, our customers enjoy hassle-free use of our wood mulch playgrounds.
  • We have engineered our wood fiber products to be not only resistant, but also attractive. The natural wood fiber looks great with little fading or darkening over time, and provides a harmonious appearance for any setting, rural or urban.
  • Our wood fiber playground surface is easy to install and offers great value. Because it is durable, it saves you money over the long term. We also guarantee our WoodCarpet® products for 15 years, when installed and maintained to our specifications.
  • Green attributes include local raw material extraction, processing and manufacturing, to reduce the carbon footprint related to transportation. Pre-consumer recovered content also means you’re helping avoid waste going to landfill.

When you combine these great Zeager attributes, choosing our wood mulch surfacing products for your playground becomes an easy choice. We have become an industry leader in the area thanks to our dedication to offering useful, value-packed solutions through intelligent engineering and paying attention to our customers. Start by choosing the WoodCarpet® that suits your needs, let us propose the base layers that will help with stability and drainage and then share our installation and maintenance suggestions for a true full-service solution.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve already planned your playground surfacing project, and simply need to calculate the amount of wood mulch you need, or if you’re still in the planning stages and are not yet sure which type of mulch you need. In both cases, simply give us a call and we’ll work closely with you to find the right solution. With our years of experience, we can propose the best surface performance and best value for your playground.

If you’re concerned about keeping on budget while offering excellent safety and durability results, Zeager Bros., Inc. is your partner for your next playground surfacing job. We look forward to hearing from you and showing you why we are the engineered wood mulch experts.

A Proven Wood Fiber System That Works

To the user, our WoodCarpet® system looks simple. It’s simply a mulch layer, right? Wrong! At Zeager Bros., Inc., we have spent years perfecting our engineered wood fiber for playgrounds so that it delivers:

  • Excellent traction and grip characteristics
  • Fast drainage to avoid water pooling
  • Deep shock absorption for safer play
  • Unbeatable durability and wear resistance
  • Cost-saving accessories that decrease maintenance costs
  • Excellent value that fits your budget

It’s easy to see why more and more customers are turning to our proven wood play surfaces for their outdoor parks, yards, structures and other areas where children play. Our EWF mulch also looks great, making it the obvious choice for natural settings.

Designed for Drainage

Pooled water is a major problem with playgrounds and play areas for several reasons:

  • Pools of water may discourage children from playing
  • Standing water can attract bugs, flies and water-borne illnesses
  • Puddles can freeze in cold climates, making play dangerous
  • Water buildup can cause mold and bacterial growth
  • Pooling of water can deteriorate wood play surfaces over time


With years of experience in engineered wood fiber mulch and other outdoor surfaces, our team here at Zeager can guide you in the installation of your playground EWF. In most situations, 3-4 inches of gravel below your WoodCarpet® and an approved fabric layer in between is enough to keep water draining properly and your EWF separated from the soil below and in great shape for years.

Encourage children to get outside and enjoy themselves in a safe and inviting manner with our engineered wood fiber playground surfacing. There is less risk of injury and fatigue thanks to the elastic nature of our EWF. With unmatched quality and customer service our WoodCarpet® system is the wood playground mulch you’ve been looking for.

Suitable for New or Rehabilitated Playgrounds

If you are planning a new playground surface, consider our WoodCarpet® system from the outset. Design your playground layout and surfaces with our engineered wood fiber in mind to ensure the best play experience, safety and durability possible.

You can also choose WoodCarpet® when you are resurfacing an existing park and replacing old surfaces or covering packed dirt. Our team here at Zeager is happy to prepare a free quote for your project. Simply provide us with details on the size and scope of your playground surfacing needs and we will use our experience to create a quote that suits your needs.

Come and discover what a difference the right EWF playground makes. WoodCarpet® is Protect Plus+ -certified, which ensures that children using your park or playground are protected when they fall. Contact us today for more information or to obtain a quote for your playground mulch and create an appealing play space for all!

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Thanks, Zeager Company for our new WoodCarpet® playground surface.  The children at our school noticed immediately.  They got a real joy out of just standing there bouncing; they loved the spongy feel.  They almost didn’t notice the new playground equipment.  Our staff loves that the new surfacing quickly drains the water from the play area, getting our children outside faster after a rainy day.  I truly recommend this product to all schools; it not only is a joy for the children it makes their play area safer.

- Mary Clarksburg Elementary
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