January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Deciding about installing conventional grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? We’re here for you! We’re going to answer your questions relating to 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 perfect choice for playgrounds and play areas. It will not just reduce maintenance, but it will remain stunning year-in and year-out. Rain, snow, and sunshine won’t cause the turf to fade, offering you maximum return on investment available.

More importantly, artificial turf used on playgrounds is held to the strictest standards as defined by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). Southwest Greens turf products are specially made to offer a safer surface with more shock absorption to reduce trips and falls.


Synthetic turf is known to become hot in the summer, historically speaking. However, due to technology, there are options to help your turf’s surface temperature stay cool. Our solution is called HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is an easy optional component added to the turf’s infill providing an average temperature reduction of 30-50 degrees and is naturally activated when hydrated by rainfall, dew, and irrigation. As the turf surface is warmed by sunlight, moisture stored in the HydroChill® turf is released. Evaporation removes heat, resulting in a cooler, more comfortable turf. You can see a video of how it works here.


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

There are several factors that go into determining a price. Here are some of the things that affect 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 will cost is to get a free consultation with Southwest Greens Charlotte.


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

Our UV-resistant artificial turf products endure the test of time because they are manufactured to withstand extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, and heavy traffic for all-season use. All installations have a one-year warranty for workmanship and manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.


Installation of artificial turf is an investment, but it is totally worth it. Here are just a few reasons to install artificial turf for playgrounds.

Safety First

Our safety pad underlayment in placed under the turf to help soften trips and falls while reducing injury. It’s extremely elastic, providing fantastic shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens Charlotte is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you know our turf is held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

The porous pad underlayment improves drainage vertically and horizontally and also stores water. Complete with Microban® antimicrobial protection, Southwest Greens turf provides 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 enables us to offer the most high quality and cutting-edge offerings available today. Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products endure the test of time because they’re built to handle temperature fluctuations, extreme weather, and heavy foot traffic for all-season use.

Reduced Heat Retention

Southwest Green playground turf products keep the play area cooler in warmer conditions versus rubber playground products. For even more cooling, we suggest our innovative solution, HydroChill® — an add-in to your turf’s infill which provides an average cooling range of 30°F-50°F.

Water Conserving

Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for approximately one-third of all residential water use, which totals nearly 9 billion gallons every day. With water scarcity becoming more of an issue, it’s crucial to conserve any way we can. Artificial turf removes the need to use so much water to maintain a safe, beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

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


Ready to have a safe, beautiful playground? Southwest Greens Charlotte has the answer for you. Our projects are all 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!