January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Deciding about installing conventional grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? Look no further! We have the answers to the top questions regarding turf for playgrounds. Learn about the top benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


Thanks to its high-durability design, artificial grass is the right choice for playgrounds and play areas. Not only is it lower maintenance, but it’ll remain aesthetically pleasing year-in and year-out. Neither rain, nor snow, nor sunshine will cause the turf to fade, giving you the best return on investment possible.

Even more important, artificial turf for playgrounds is held to the strictest 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 soften trips and falls.


Conventional wisdom states that synthetic turf has a reputation of getting hot in the summer season. However, due to research and development, there are ways to help cool your turf’s surface temperature. Our answer is called HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is a simple addition to the turf’s infill providing an average cooling range of 30°-50° and works naturally when moistened by irrigation, rainfall, and dew. As the turf surface is heated by solar radiation, moisture stored in the HydroChill® turf is released. Evaporation removes heat, resulting in a cooler, more comfortable turf surface. Watch a video of HydroChill® in action here.


We know that when you’re shopping around, you want to know pricing, which will allow you to plan accordingly. While it’s hard to give an exact number without seeing the project at hand, we can estimate that installing playground turf costs $15 to $30+ per square foot.

Please understand, there are several elements that factor into final pricing. Here are some of the factors that affect pricing:

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


The ideal way to determine how much your playground makeover will cost is to set up a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Southern California.


We can only speak for ourselves, but some of our installations are over 20 years old. Despite their age, they still have the vibrant green color and texture of regular grass.

Our UV-resistant artificial turf products last because they’re manufactured to withstand extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, and heavy traffic for year-round use. Every installation comes with a one-year workmanship warranty and manufacturer's warranty covering fading.


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

Safety First

The safety pad underlayment goes below the turf to help buffer trips and falls while reducing injury. It’s highly elastic and provides fantastic shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Southern California is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you know our surfaces are held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

The porous underlayment pad accelerates drainage vertically and horizontally while addressing water storage. Southwest Greens turf with Microban® antimicrobial protection gives you a clean and well-drained surface 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 available today. Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products last because they’re built to stand up to temperature fluctuations, extreme weather, and heavy foot traffic for year-round use.

Reduced Heat Retention

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

Water Conserving

Nationally, landscape irrigation is estimated to contribute to approximately 1/3 of all residential water use, totaling approximately 9 billion gallons per day. With water scarcity becoming more of a problem, it’s crucial to cut back any way we can. Artificial turf will eliminate the need to use so much water in order to maintain a safe and beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you no longer have to use weed-killing chemicals, fertilizers, and unhealthy products to repel pests. This prevents water pollution and save you money long-term. Plus, you eliminate the downtime it takes to apply these chemicals, and more importantly, reduce the chemicals in a children’s play area.


Ready for a safe and beautiful playground? Southwest Greens of Southern California has the answer for you. All of our projects are custom designed and installed by professionals, so you won’t ever need to do any of the heavy lifting. Reach out to us to schedule a consultation!