January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Debating if you should install natural grass/mulch or a synthetic play surface? Look no further! We have the answers to your important questions relating to turf for playgrounds. Let us teach you about the key benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


Because it’s designed to be highly-durable, artificial grass is the ideal choice for playgrounds and play areas. It will not only cut down on maintenance, but it will stay beautiful year-in and year-out. Rain, snow, and sunshine won’t affect the color of the turf, providing you the best return on investment.

More importantly, artificial turf on playgrounds is held to the highest standards as defined by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association. Southwest Greens turf products are made specifically to give you a safer surface with increased shock absorption to soften trips and falls.


Synthetic turf has a reputation of getting hot in the warm summer months, historically speaking. However, due to R&D, there are ways to help keep your turf’s surface temperature cool. Our solution is called HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is a simple optional component added to a turf’s infill that gives you an average cooling range of 30°F-50°F and works naturally when moistened by rainfall, dew, and irrigation. As the turf surface is warmed by sunlight, stored moisture is released by HydroChill® turf. Evaporation removes heat, leaving a cooler, more comfortable turf surface. You can see a video of how it works here.


We know that when you are looking for turf, you are looking for pricing, so you can plan accordingly. While it is challenging to give an exact price without the specifics of the project at hand, we estimate that it costs $15 to $30+ per square foot to install playground turf.

Note, there are many elements that factor 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 best way to figure out exactly how much your playground makeover would cost is to get a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Illinois.


We can only speak for ourselves, but some of our installations are 20 years old or older. Despite their age, they’re still still the vibrant green color and texture of natural grass.

Our UV-resistant artificial turf products look and function like new because they are built to stand up to extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, and heavy traffic for year-round use. Every installation has a one-year workmanship warranty and manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.


Installation of artificial turf is an investment, but it is totally worth it. Here are some reasons to choose synthetic grass for playgrounds.

Safety First

The safety pad underlayment is installed below the turf to help soften trips and falls while reducing injury. It is very elastic which provides amazing shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Illinois is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you know our turf surfaces are held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

Our underlayment includes a porous pad which improves drainage vertically and laterally 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 commitment to research and development lets us offer the highest quality and state-of-the-art materials available today. Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products look new because they’re built to withstand heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for all-year use.

Reduced Heat Retention

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

Water Conserving

Across the country, landscape irrigation is estimated to be approximately 1/3 of all residential water use, totaling approximately 9 billion gallons per day. Because water scarcity is becoming more of a concern, it is important to conserve wherever possible. Artificial turf will eliminate the need to use so much water in order 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 for pest control. This prevents water pollution and you’ll save money long-term. Even better, you have none of the downtime necessary to apply these chemicals, and more importantly, cut down the amount of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Ready for a beautiful and safe playground? Southwest Greens of Illinois has a solution for you. Our projects are all custom designed and installed by professionals, so you’ll never have to do any of the heavy lifting. Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation!