January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Deciding about installing traditional grass/mulch or a synthetic play surface? We’re here for you! We have the answers to the important questions relating to turf for playgrounds. Let us teach you about the biggest benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


Because it’s designed to be highly-durable, artificial grass is the perfect choice for playgrounds and play areas. It will not just reduce maintenance, but it’ll stay visually attractive all year long. Rain, snow, and sunshine won’t cause the turf to fade, providing you the highest possible return on investment possible.

More importantly, 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 increased shock absorption to reduce trips and falls.


Conventional wisdom states that synthetic turf is known to become hot in the summer season. However, due to R&D, there are options to help cool your turf’s surface temperature. Our answer is called HydroChill®.

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


We know that when you are looking for turf, you want to know pricing in order to plan accordingly. Because it is hard to offer an exact number without seeing your project, we can estimate a price of $15 - $30+ per square foot for a playground turf installation.

There are many things that factor into final pricing. Here are some of the items that affect pricing:

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


The ideal way to determine what your playground makeover would cost is to set up a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Fresno.


Some of our earliest installations are 20 years old or older. Despite their age, they still have the bright green color and texture of regular grass.

Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products look and function like new because they’re made to handle 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 covering fading.


Installation of artificial turf is an investment, but it’s well worth it. Here are just a few reasons to install artificial playground turf.

Safety First

The safety pad underlayment is installed under the turf to help buffer trips and falls while reducing injury. It’s very elastic and provides wonderful shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Fresno is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you can rest easy knowing our turf is held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

The porous underlayment pad improves drainage vertically and laterally while addressing water storage. Microban® antimicrobial protection means Southwest Greens Turf ensures a clean and well-drained surface safe for children of all ages to play on.

Durable And Long-Lasting

Our commitment to research and development enables us to offer the most high quality and cutting-edge turf you can buy. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products endure the test of time because they are 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 hotter climate conditions versus rubber area materials. For even more cooling, we suggest our innovative HydroChill® technology — an addition to the turf’s infill that provides an average cooling of 30°F-50°F.

Water Conserving

Across the country, nearly a third of residential water use is estimated to be from landscape irrigation, totaling almost 9 billion gallons a day. With water scarcity becoming more of a problem, it’s critical to cut back wherever possible. Artificial turf will eliminate the need for so much water just to maintain a safe, beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you won’t have to use fertilizers, weed-killing chemicals, and harmful products to control pests. This will result in no water pollution and save you money overall. What’s more, you have none of the downtime it takes to apply these chemicals, and more importantly, lessen the number of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Are you ready to have a safe, beautiful playground? Southwest Greens of Fresno has the answer for you. Every project is custom designed and installed by professionals, so you’ll never need to do any of the heavy lifting. Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation!