Living in the country, city or too far from the beach should not stop you from enjoying a sand dune. A trip to the local home improvement store and a free weekend will have you enjoying a homemade sand dune in no time.
Keep in mind, the underground sprinkler system, if any, when deciding on the area for the sand dune. Clear debris from the area such as rocks and sticks which, overtime may work its way up to the surface and cause an injury. Use a chalk line to determine the width of the sand dune.
The sand is located in the outdoor department and comes in two different colors: tan sand-50lb bag, and white sand-40lb bags.
50lb bag yields approximately 0.5 cu. ft. of sand, or fills an area approximately 6 sq. ft. to a depth of 1 inch. 40lb bag yields approximately 0.4 cu. ft. of sand, or covers approximately 5 sq. ft. to a depth of 1 inch.
If you are unsure how much sand is needed, ask the clerk in the outdoors department. They are knowledgeable and always willing to help in any way they can.
Use the wheelbarrow to transfer the sand bags from the vehicle to the dune site. With the utility knife cut along the top of the bag. Pour the contents over the entire area. Repeat this step until a firm base is established, 3 to 4 inches high. Smooth the covered area with the rake.
To create a sloping effect, begin at one end of the dune. Pour sand until the granules begin to form a volcano appearance. Move further down and repeat the step until you have covered the base line with wide volcano shaped slopes. Use the rake or your hand to smooth the top of your dune. Your child can play in a sand dune instead of just a sandbox.
Cover the sand dune with a tarp. If the sand dune is 10 ft. long, 3 ft. high, A 20 ft. long tarp will provide sufficient coverage.
Cut off 1 ft. of nylon rope, 4 pieces. Tie the rope through the holes located on the four corners of the tarp. Tie the other end of the rope around the wood stake. Secure the tarp down by tapping the stake into the ground with a hammer during stormy weather. This will protect the sand dune and you can enjoy it all summer long.
If you live near a lakeside or beach community, many residents willingly give sand away that accumulated in their yard after a storm. All it takes is a few hours of cleaning their yard or walkway, saving the expense of paying for sand. On the other hand sand is fairly cheap at home improvement stores; $ 4.00 to 5.00 per bag.