January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Not sure about installing traditional grass/mulch or a synthetic play surface? Look no further! Let us answer the questions about turf for playgrounds. Learn about the key benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


Thanks to its high-durability design, artificial grass makes the ideal choice for playgrounds and play areas. It’s not only lower maintenance, but it’ll stay beautiful all year. No rain, snow, or sunshine will dull the turf, giving you maximum return on investment possible.

Even more important, artificial turf for playgrounds is held to the strictest standards established by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association. Southwest Greens turf products are made specifically to offer a safer surface with more shock absorption to reduce trips and falls.


Historically speaking, synthetic turf tends to become hot in the summer season. However, because of technology, there are options to help keep your turf’s surface temperature cool. Our solution is called HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is a simple add-on to the turf’s infill providing an average temperature reduction of 30°-50° and works naturally when hydrated by rainfall, dew, and irrigation. As the turf surface is heated by solar radiation, moisture stored in the HydroChill® turf is released. Evaporation removes heat, providing a cooler, more comfortable surface. Watch a video of HydroChill® in action here.


We know that when you are shopping for turf, you’re looking for pricing in order to plan accordingly. Because it’s a challenge to provide 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 several elements that factor into pricing calculations. Here are some of the items that affect pricing:

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


The right way to determine what your playground makeover would cost is to schedule a free consultation with Southwest Greens East Bay.


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

Our UV-resistant artificial turf products look new because they are engineered to handle temperature fluctuations, extreme weather, and heavy foot traffic for all-season use. Every installation has a one-year warranty for workmanship and manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.


Installation of artificial turf is an investment, but one totally worth it. Here are just some of the reasons to choose artificial playground turf.

Safety First

A safety pad underlayment is installed under the turf to help ease trips and falls while reducing injury. It’s highly elastic and provides wonderful shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens East Bay 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 pad underlayment accelerates 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 devotion to research and development enables us to offer the most high quality and cutting-edge materials on the market today. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products endure the test of time because they’re manufactured to stand up to extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, and heavy traffic for all-season use.

Reduced Heat Retention

Southwest Green playground turf keeps the play area cooler in warmer conditions compared to rubber playground materials. To cool your turf even more, we suggest our innovative solution, HydroChill® — an optional add-in to your turf’s infill which provides an average cooling of 30-50 degrees.

Water Conserving

Across the country, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly 1/3 of all residential water use, which totals nearly 9 billion gallons per day. Because water scarcity is becoming more of a problem, it’s critical to reduce consumption where we can. Artificial turf removes the need for so much water to maintain a safe, beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you will not need to use dangerous products to repel pests, fertilizers, and weed-killing chemicals. This prevents water pollution and save you money in the long run. Even better, you eliminate the downtime it takes to apply these chemicals, and more importantly, reduce the number of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Ready for a beautiful and safe playground? Southwest Greens East Bay has the solution for you. All of our projects are custom designed and installed by professionals, so you won’t have to do any of the heavy lifting. Reach out to us to schedule a consultation!