January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Debating about installing traditional grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? You’ve come to the right place! We’re going to answer your important questions relating to turf for playgrounds. Discover some of the most important benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


Because of its durable design, artificial grass makes the perfect choice for playgrounds and play areas. Not only does it reduce maintenance work, but it will remain stunning year-in and year-out. Rain, snow, and sunshine won’t cause the turf to fade, providing you the best return on investment.

Additionally, artificial turf on playgrounds must meet the highest standards established by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). Southwest Greens turf products are made specifically to give you a safer surface with more shock absorption to reduce trips and falls.


Conventional wisdom states that synthetic turf has a reputation of getting hot in the warm summer months. However, thanks to R&D, there are ways to help cool your turf’s surface temperature. We call our solution, HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is straightforward addition to your turf’s infill that provides an average reduction of 30°-50° and works naturally when hydrated by rainfall, dew, and irrigation. As the turf surface is heated by solar radiation, stored moisture is released by HydroChill® turf. Evaporating moisture removes heat, resulting in a cooler, more comfortable turf. Watch a video of HydroChill® in action here.


We know that when you are shopping for turf, you want to know pricing, which will allow you to plan accordingly. Because it is hard to give an exact number without seeing your current project, we estimate that it costs $15 to $30+ per square foot to install playground turf.

Please understand, there are many elements that factor into pricing calculations. Here are some of the things that impact pricing:

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


The ideal way to figure out exactly how much your playground makeover will cost is to schedule a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Western Canada.


Some of our installations are over 20 years old. Despite their age, they still have the bright green color and texture of genuine grass.

Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products look new because they are manufactured to stand up to heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for all-year use. Every installation has 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

Our safety pad underlayment goes below the turf to help buffer trips and falls and reduce injuries. The safety pad is highly elastic and provides wonderful shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Western Canada is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you can be assured our turf surfaces are held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

The porous underlayment pad improves drainage vertically and laterally while addressing water storage. Southwest Greens turf with Microban® antimicrobial protection 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 enables us to offer the highest quality and state-of-the-art offerings you can buy. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products endure the test of time because they are engineered to withstand extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, and heavy traffic for all-year use.

Reduced Heat Retention

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

Water Conserving

Nationally, landscape irrigation is estimated to contribute to nearly one-third of all residential water use, which totals almost 9 billion gallons a day. With water scarcity becoming more prevalent, it’s vital to conserve wherever possible. Artificial turf eliminates the need for so much water in order to maintain a safe, beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you no longer have to use fertilizers, weed-killing chemicals, and unhealthy products to repel pests. This will result in no water pollution and save you money long-term. What’s more, you remove the downtime it takes to apply these chemicals, and more importantly, lessen the number of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Ready for a beautiful and safe playground? Southwest Greens of Western Canada has the answer for you. Every project is custom designed and installed by professionals, so you won’t need to do any of the heavy lifting. Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation!