January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Not sure about installing natural grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? Look no further! Let us answer your top questions regarding turf for playgrounds. Let us teach you about the key benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


Thanks to its high-durability design, artificial grass is the ideal choice for playgrounds and play areas. It’s not only lower maintenance, but it will stay aesthetically pleasing all year. Rain, snow, and sunshine won’t affect the color of the turf, giving you the highest possible return on investment.

Even better, artificial turf on playgrounds must meet the highest standards established by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association. Southwest Greens turf products are specialized to provide a safer surface with more 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 technology, there are ways to help cool your turf’s surface temperature. We call our solution, HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is a simple add-on to the turf’s infill that provides an average temperature reduction of 30°F-50°F and is activated naturally when hydrated by rainfall, dew, and irrigation. As the turf surface is warmed by sunlight, stored moisture is released by HydroChill® turf. Evaporating moisture removes heat, leaving a cooler, more comfortable turf for the players. You can see a video of how it works here.


We understand that when you are shopping around, you want to know pricing, so you can plan accordingly. While it is challenging to provide an exact number without the specifics of the project at hand, we can estimate that it costs $15 to $30+ per square foot to install playground turf.

There are many elements that factor into pricing calculations. Here are a few items that impact pricing:

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


The right way to figure out exactly how much your playground makeover would cost is to get a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Metro New York.


Some of our first installations are 20 years old or older. To this day, they’re still still the vibrant green color and texture of organic grass.

Our UV-resistant artificial turf products look and function like new because they’re made to stand up to extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, and heavy traffic for all-year use. All installations come complete with a one-year warranty for workmanship and manufacturer's warranty to cover fading.


Installing artificial turf is an investment, but one totally worth it. Here are just a few reasons to choose artificial playground turf.

Safety First

Our safety pad underlayment in placed below the turf to help ease trips and falls and cut down on injuries. The safety pad is very elastic which provides incredible shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Metro New York is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you can rest easy knowing our turf surfaces are held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

The porous pad underlayment accelerates drainage vertically and horizontally and also stores water. 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 dedication to research and development allows us to offer the highest quality and state-of-the-art materials available today. Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products endure the test of time because they are built to withstand temperature fluctuations, extreme weather, and heavy foot traffic for year-round use.

Reduced Heat Retention

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

Water Conserving

From coast-to-coast, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all residential water use, which totals approximately 9 billion gallons every day. Because water scarcity is becoming more of a problem, it is critical to reduce consumption where we can. Artificial turf removes the need to use so much water just to maintain a safe and beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you won’t need to use weed-killing chemicals, fertilizers, and dangerous products to control pests. This prevents water pollution and you’ll save money long-term. Plus, you remove the downtime necessary for these chemicals to be applied, and more importantly, cut down the number of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Are you ready to have a beautiful and safe playground? Southwest Greens of Metro New York has a 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. Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation!