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Why You Should Use Artificial Turf on Playgrounds

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Debating if you should install natural grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? You’ve come to the right place! We have the answers to the questions relating to turf for playgrounds. Discover some of the biggest benefits of artificial turf playgrounds.


Because it’s designed to be highly durable, artificial grass makes an excellent choice for playgrounds and play areas. Not only is it lower maintenance, but it’ll stay aesthetically pleasing year in and year out. Rain, snow, and sunshine won’t affect the color of the turf, giving you the maximum return on investment possible.

More importantly, artificial turf used on playgrounds is held to the highest standards enforced by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association. Southwest Greens turf products are specialized to give you a safer surface with more shock absorption to soften trips and fall.


Historically speaking, synthetic turf is known to become hot in the warm summer months. However, thanks to research and development, there are options to help cool your turf’s surface temperature. Our solution is called HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is a straightforward add-on to a turf’s infill that gives you an average cooling of 30°-50° and is naturally activated when hydrated by dew, rainfall, and irrigation. As the turf surface warms up in the sun, HydroChill® turf releases stored moisture. Evaporation removes heat, leaving a cooler, more comfortable surface for the players. Learn more about HydroChill® here.


We understand that when you’re looking for turf, you’re looking for pricing, so you can plan accordingly. Because it is hard to give an exact price without seeing your current project, we estimate a price of $15 - $30+ per square foot for a playground turf installation.

Note, there are several elements that factor into pricing calculations. Here are some of the factors that affect pricing:

  • Base Materials

  • Turf Size

  • Design

  • Padding

  • Site access & prep

  • Features

  • Installation costs

The right way to discover what your playground makeover will cost is to set up a free consultation with Southwest Greens.


Speaking only for ourselves, some of our first installations are older than 20 years. To this day, they still have the vibrant green color and texture of regular grass.

Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products endure the test of time because they’re engineered to handle temperature fluctuations, extreme weather, and heavy foot traffic for all-year use. Every installation has a one-year workmanship warranty and manufacturer's warranty to cover fading.


Installing artificial turf is an investment, but one well worth it. Here are just a few reasons to install artificial turf for playgrounds.

Safety First

Our safety pad underlayment goes under the turf to help ease trips and falls and cut down on injuries. It is very elastic, providing incredible shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you can be assured our turf is held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

The porous pad underlayment accelerates drainage vertically and horizontally and also stores water. Complete with Microban® antimicrobial protection, Southwest Greens turf ensures a clean and well-drained play area safe for children of all ages to play on.

Durable And Long-Lasting

Our commitment to research and development allows us to offer the highest quality and most cutting-edge materials available today. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products look new because they are engineered to handle heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for all-season use.

Reduced Heat Retention

Southwest Green playground turf products keep the play area cooler in warmer weather conditions when compared to rubber play area products. To take this cooling even further, we suggest our innovative HydroChill® technology — an add-in to your turf’s infill which provides an average temperature reduction of 30°-50°.

Water Conserving

From coast-to-coast, landscape irrigation is estimated to contribute to almost 1/3 of all residential water use, totalling almost 9 billion gallons a day. Because water scarcity is becoming more of an issue, it is important to conserve where we can. Artificial turf removes the need to use so much water to maintain a safe, beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you no longer have to use unhealthy products for pest control, fertilizers, and weed-killing chemicals. This will result in no water pollution and you’ll save money long-term. What’s more, you eliminate the downtime required for these chemicals to be applied, and more importantly, lessen the amount of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Ready to have a beautiful and safe playground? Southwest Greens has the solution for you. Every project is custom designed and installed by professionals, so you won’t ever have to do any of the heavy lifting. Contact us to schedule a consultation!

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