August 23, 2022

Synthetic turf is a popular solution for Naperville playgrounds today thanks to its easy maintenance and safety ratings. Read more for ideas to build a attractive and safe playground the Southwest Greens way.



Artificial turf will look good on your play area, but that’s one of the handful reasons why people and city officials are using it on playgrounds. Here are some of the major benefits.



When you select Southwest Greens you choose a reputable company and system that is tested independently. IPEMA Certified synthetic turf and cushion for playgrounds are ideal for backyards, schools, and communities. Our Play Collection not only looks stunning but also features thick padding below the grass surface to soften falls. You don’t have to be concerned about hazardous fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides with synthetic turf either. Harmful chemicals like these are absorbed into clothes and skin much later after initial contact and are a major concern for adults and children alike.



Thanks to our fantastic Research and Development team, our turf provides the perfect fusion of aesthetics and durability. Our turf blades utilize high-end raw materials and resins to look like natural grass.

Consider installing an intuitive cooling system like HydroChill® keeps the turf cool even on the hottest summer days. This layer of coating is applied to the sand infill and triggered by adding moisture (precipitation or a quick splash from the hose), to provide significant cooling for hot days.



Artificial grass is the ideal option for areas subject to high foot traffic like playgrounds and play areas, because of its durable design. Southwest Greens playground collection ensures better shock absorption even in those areas which receives a regular beating (like the area at the end of a slide or the bottom of a fireman pole). You can count on it to endure for years to come.



The porous pad underlayer of Southwest Greens turf provides fast drainage both laterally and vertically. As a result, rain won't cause muddy spots, and you do not have to be concerned about storm-run-off exposing the play area to chemicals. Thus many parks and municipalities, schools, and daycares have chosen to install artificial turf on their playgrounds.



If you want to build a good looking and safe playground, we have several ideas to guide you get started with your planning.



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Begin by selecting a entertaining theme for your playground. You can do themes like spaceships, pirate ships, jungles, castles… the list goes on! Don’t be afraid to mix and match ideas to find the perfect playground layout for your project.


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Equipment on playgrounds can get hot on the dog days of summer. At present there are numerous alternatives for installing artificial shade to fight against this problem. Be sure to get a trusted contractor install these shade tents, so they meet all safety needs.



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Children grow up quickly. If you are going to install a playground, you should contemplate adding other areas that will attract the older little ones, too. Adding items like swing sets and standard monkey rails alongside your playground equipment will fit various age groups.



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Even if most playgrounds are shut down at dusk, adding lighting can provide your space a beautiful focal point at night while adding security. Be sure if you decide to add ground lighting that you pick LED bulbs. LED lights do not create as much heat as incandescent bulbs, which means they are great for artificial grass.



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With synthetic turf, you can offer more than just the fun of a playground to a recreation area. Children love to run around and roll down hills. You can design ridges around the play equipment to offer a fun and different spin on things.



The top priority of playing areas should be safety. Synthetic turf provides a safer area for children to play hard. At Southwest Greens of Illinois, we take this seriously so you can have the best. Our independently tested systems include the following  ASTM quality and safety standards:

  • ASTM quality and safety standards:
  • ASTM 1292-09 (Fall Height)
  • ASTM F 1551 (Coefficient of Friction)
  • BS 7044 (Water Infiltration)
  • BS 7044 (Water Infiltration)
  • ASTM F 1951-99 (ADA)
  • ASTM D2854 & FF 170 (Surface Flammability)
  • ASTM F 2765 (Heavy Metal Content)
  • ASTM D 2256-02 (Tensile Strength)


Are you prepared to craft your new playground? Southwest Greens of Illinois is here for you. Our team of experts can guide you create and install the perfect play area for your space. Feel free to contact us today for a free consultation.