January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Debating if you should install conventional grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? We’re here for you! We’re going to answer the top questions about 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 makes the right choice for playgrounds and play areas. It’s not only lower maintenance, but it will stay stunning year-round. No rain, snow, or sunshine will cause the turf to fade, offering you maximum return on investment.

Additionally, artificial turf for playgrounds meets the highest standards established by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association. Southwest Greens turf products are specially made to ensure a safer surface with increased shock absorption to soften trips and falls.


Synthetic turf tends to become hot in the summer, historically speaking. However, because of technology, there are ways to help your turf’s surface temperature stay cool. Our answer is called HydroChill®.

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


We understand that when you’re looking for turf, you’re looking for pricing, which will allow you to plan accordingly. While it is challenging to provide an exact number without the specifics of your current project, we can estimate that it costs $15 to $30+ per square foot to install playground turf.

There are a lot of elements that factor into determining a price. Here are some of the things that impact pricing:

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


The best way to figure out how much your playground makeover would cost is to set up a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Michigan.


Some of our installations are over 20 years old. Even at this age, they have maintained the vibrant green color and texture of traditional grass.

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


Installing artificial turf is an investment, but it is totally worth it. Here are just a few reasons to make synthetic grass for playgrounds.

Safety First

The safety pad underlayment in placed beneath the turf to help buffer trips and falls and cut down on injuries. It’s highly elastic and provides wonderful shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Michigan is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you know our surfaces are held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

The porous pad underlayment accelerates drainage vertically and horizontally and also stores water. 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 dedication to research and development lets us offer the most high quality and cutting-edge offerings you can buy. Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products look and function like new because they are built to stand up to heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for all-season 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® technology — an add-in to your turf’s infill which provides an average reduction of 30°F-50°F.

Water Conserving

Across the country, nearly one third of residential water use is estimated to be landscape irrigation, which totals almost 9 billion gallons every day. Because water scarcity is becoming more prevalent, it’s vital to cut back wherever possible. 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 won’t have to apply fertilizers, weed-killing chemicals, and dangerous products for pest control. This will prevent water pollution and saves money long-term. Even better, you remove the downtime it takes for these chemicals to be applied, and more importantly, cut down the chemicals in a children’s play area.


Ready to have a beautiful and safe playground? Southwest Greens of Michigan has the solution for you. Every project is custom designed and installed by professionals, so you’ll never have to do any of the heavy lifting. Reach out to us to schedule a consultation!