January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Debating about installing traditional grass/mulch or a synthetic play surface? You’ve come to the right place! Let us answer your top questions regarding turf for playgrounds. Discover some of the most important benefits of artificial turf playgrounds.


Because of its durable design, artificial grass makes the perfect choice for playgrounds and play areas. It will not just reduce maintenance, but it’ll remain stunning year-in and year-out. No rain, snow, or sunshine will cause the turf to fade, giving you maximum return on investment possible.

More importantly, artificial turf used on playgrounds must meet the highest standards established by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). Southwest Greens turf products are specially made to ensure a safer surface with more shock absorption to soften trips and falls.


Historically speaking, synthetic turf has a reputation of getting hot during the warm summer months. However, thanks to research and development, there are ways to help your turf’s surface temperature stay cool. We call our solution, HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is straightforward addition to your turf’s infill providing an average temperature reduction of 30-50 degrees and is naturally activated when moistened by irrigation, rainfall, and dew. As the turf surface is heated by solar radiation, stored moisture is released by HydroChill® turf. Evaporating moisture removes heat, providing a cooler, more comfortable turf. Learn more about HydroChill® here.


We know that when you’re looking for turf, you are looking for pricing, which will allow you to plan accordingly. Because it is challenging to offer an exact price without seeing your project, we estimate that installing playground turf costs $15 to $30+ per square foot.

There are several factors that go into determining a price. Here are a few items that affect pricing:

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


The right way to figure out what your playground makeover would cost is to set up a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Eastern Washington.


Some of our installations are older than 20 years. Even at this age, they still have the bright green color and texture of genuine grass.

Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products last because they’re engineered to handle extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, and heavy traffic for year-round use. All installations have a one-year workmanship warranty and manufacturer's warranty to cover fading.


Artificial turf installation is an investment, but it is definitely worth it. Here are some reasons to install artificial playground turf.

Safety First

A safety pad underlayment is installed below the turf to help buffer trips and falls and cut down on injuries. It is very elastic, providing amazing shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Eastern Washington 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 quickens drainage vertically and laterally and also addresses water storage. Southwest Greens turf with Microban® antimicrobial protection 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 most cutting-edge offerings available today. Our UV-resistant artificial 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-year use.

Reduced Heat Retention

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

Water Conserving

From coast-to-coast, approximately a third of residential water use is estimated to come from landscape irrigation, which totals approximately 9 billion gallons per day. Because water scarcity is becoming more prevalent, it is crucial to reduce consumption any way we can. Artificial turf will eliminate the need for 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 harmful products to repel pests. This prevents water pollution and saves money long-term. Plus, you eliminate the downtime necessary to apply these chemicals, and more importantly, lessen the number of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Ready to have a beautiful and safe playground? Southwest Greens of Eastern Washington has the answer for you. Every project is custom designed and installed by professionals, so you won’t ever have to do any of the heavy lifting. Contact us to schedule a consultation!