January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Deciding whether to install traditional grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? Look no further! Let us answer the important questions about turf for playgrounds. Learn about the most important benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


Because it’s designed to be highly-durable, artificial grass makes the perfect choice for playgrounds and play areas. Not only does it reduce maintenance work, but it’ll stay stunning all year. No rain, snow, or sunshine will affect the color of the turf, offering you the highest possible return on investment.

Even better, artificial turf used on playgrounds must meet the highest standards established by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). Southwest Greens turf products are specialized to offer a safer surface with enhanced shock absorption to reduce trips and falls.


Synthetic turf has a reputation of getting hot in the warm summer months, historically speaking. However, thanks to R&D, there are options to help cool your turf’s surface temperature. Our answer is called HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is an easy add-on to the turf’s infill providing an average reduction of 30°-50° and works naturally when hydrated by irrigation, rainfall, and dew. As the turf surface is heated by solar radiation, stored moisture is released by HydroChill® turf. Evaporation removes heat, providing a cooler, more comfortable turf for the players. You can see a video of how it works here.


We know that when you’re shopping for turf, you want to know pricing in order to plan accordingly. While it’s hard to provide an exact price without the specifics of your project, we can estimate that installing playground turf costs $15 to $30+ per square foot.

There are a lot of factors that go into pricing calculations. Here are some of the things that affect pricing:

  • Base Materials
  • Turf size
  • Design
  • Padding
  • Site access & prep
  • Features
  • Installation costs


The ideal way to figure out what your playground makeover will cost is to get a free consultation with Southwest Greens Northern CA West.


Speaking only for ourselves, some of our installations are 20 years old or older. Despite their age, they’re still still the bright green color and texture of natural grass.

Our UV-resistant artificial turf products last because they’re built to stand up to temperature fluctuations, extreme weather, and heavy foot traffic for all-season use. All installations have a one-year warranty for workmanship and manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.


Installation of artificial turf is an investment, but it’s well worth it. Here are just some of the reasons to install artificial turf for playgrounds.

Safety First

Our safety pad underlayment goes below the turf to help buffer trips and falls while reducing injury. It is extremely elastic and provides wonderful shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens Northern CA West is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you know our turf surfaces are held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

Our underlayment includes a porous pad which accelerates drainage vertically and laterally and also stores water. Microban® antimicrobial protection means Southwest Greens Turf provides a clean and well-drained playground safe for children of all ages to play on.

Durable And Long-Lasting

Our devotion to research and development enables us to offer the most high quality and cutting-edge products on the market today. Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products look new because they’re built to stand up to heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for all-season use.

Reduced Heat Retention

Southwest Green playground turf will keep your play area cooler in warmer weather conditions when compared to rubber play area products. To cool your turf even more, we highly recomment our innovative solution, HydroChill® — an add-in to the turf’s infill that provides an average cooling of 30°F-50°F.

Water Conserving

Nationally, nearly 1/3 of residential water use is estimated to be landscape irrigation, which totals nearly 9 billion gallons per day. With water scarcity becoming more of a concern, it is crucial to conserve wherever possible. Artificial turf will eliminate the need for so much water in order to maintain a safe, beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you won’t need to apply fertilizers, weed-killing chemicals, and unhealthy products for pest control. This will prevent water pollution and you’ll save money overall. What’s more, you remove the downtime required for these chemicals to be applied, and more importantly, lessen the number of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Are you ready to have a safe and beautiful playground? Southwest Greens Northern CA West has a solution for you. Our projects are all custom designed and installed by professionals, so you’ll never need to do any of the heavy lifting. Reach out to us to schedule a consultation!