January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Debating about installing conventional grass/mulch or a synthetic play surface? You’ve come to the right place! We’re going to answer the questions regarding turf for playgrounds. Let us teach you about the key benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


Because of its durable design, artificial grass is an excellent choice for playgrounds and play areas. Not only is it lower maintenance, but it’ll remain stunning year-in and year-out. Rain, snow, and sunshine won’t dull the turf, giving you the best return on investment.

Additionally, artificial turf for playgrounds must meet the strictest standards as defined by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). Southwest Greens turf products are specially made to give you a safer surface with increased shock absorption to buffer 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. We call our solution, HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is straightforward optional component added to your turf’s infill that gives you an average reduction of 30-50 degrees and works naturally when hydrated by dew, rainfall, and irrigation. As the turf surface is warmed by sunlight, HydroChill® turf releases stored moisture. Evaporation removes heat, leaving a cooler, more comfortable turf surface. You can see a video of how it works here.


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

Please understand, there are several things that factor into final pricing. Here are a few items that affect pricing:

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


The best way to figure out exactly how much your playground makeover will cost is to get a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Atlanta.


We can only speak for ourselves, but some of our earliest installations are older than 20 years. Even at this age, they still have the rich green color and texture of traditional grass.

Our UV-resistant artificial turf products endure the test of time because they are engineered to stand up to heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for year-round use. All installations come complete with a one-year warranty for workmanship and manufacturer's warranty to cover fading.


Artificial turf installation is an investment, but it’s totally worth it. Here are just some of the reasons to make synthetic grass for playgrounds.

Safety First

The safety pad underlayment in placed beneath the turf to help soften trips and falls and reduce injuries. It’s extremely elastic which provides fantastic shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Atlanta is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you can be assured our turf is held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

Our underlayment includes a porous pad which improves drainage vertically and horizontally and also addresses water storage. Complete with Microban® antimicrobial protection, Southwest Greens turf ensures 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 lets us offer the highest quality and state-of-the-art turf you can buy. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products endure the test of time because they’re manufactured to stand up to heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for year-round use.

Reduced Heat Retention

Southwest Green playground turf products keep the play area cooler in warmer conditions compared to rubber area products. To cool your turf even more, we highly recommend our innovative HydroChill® technology — an optional add-in to the turf’s infill which provides an average reduction of 30°-50°.

Water Conserving

From coast-to-coast, landscape irrigation is estimated to contribute to approximately one-third of all residential water use, which totals approximately 9 billion gallons a day. Because water scarcity is becoming more prevalent, it is important to reduce consumption any way we can. 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 will not need to apply fertilizers, weed-killing chemicals, and unhealthy products to control pests. This prevents water pollution and you’ll save money overall. What’s more, you have none of the downtime it takes for these chemicals to be applied, and more importantly, lessen the number of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Ready for a safe and beautiful playground? Southwest Greens of Atlanta 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!