January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Not sure about installing traditional grass/mulch or a synthetic play surface? You’ve come to the right place! Let us answer the questions regarding turf for playgrounds. Let us teach you about the most important benefits of artificial turf playgrounds.


Because of its durable design, artificial grass is the perfect choice for playgrounds and play areas. Not only is it lower maintenance, but it’ll remain visually attractive all year. No rain, snow, or sunshine will cause the turf to fade, providing you the highest possible return on investment.

Even more important, artificial turf used on playgrounds is held to the highest standards enforced by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). Southwest Greens turf products are specially made to provide a safer surface with enhanced shock absorption to buffer trips and falls.


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

HydroChill® is straightforward optional component added to the turf’s infill providing an average cooling range of 30°F-50°F and works naturally when moistened by dew, rainfall, and irrigation. As the turf surface is warmed by sunlight, stored moisture is released by HydroChill® turf. When moisture evaporates, it removes heat, providing a cooler, more comfortable turf. Learn more about HydroChill® here.


We know that when you’re shopping around, you’re looking for pricing in order to plan accordingly. Because it’s challenging to offer an exact number without seeing the project at hand, we estimate a price of $15 - $30+ per square foot for a playground turf installation.

Please understand, there are several elements that factor into pricing calculations. Here are a few factors that impact pricing:

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


The ideal way to discover what your playground makeover would cost is to schedule a free consultation with Southwest Greens Flagstaff.


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 traditional grass.

Our UV-resistant artificial turf products last because they are built to withstand extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, and heavy traffic for year-round use. All installations have a one-year warranty for workmanship and manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.


Artificial turf installation is an investment, but one totally worth it. Here are just some of the reasons to make artificial turf for playgrounds.

Safety First

The safety pad underlayment is installed under the turf to help soften trips and falls and cut down on injuries. The safety pad is extremely elastic which provides wonderful shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens Flagstaff is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you know our turf surfaces are held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

The porous pad underlayment accelerates drainage vertically and horizontally and also addresses water storage. Southwest Greens turf with Microban® antimicrobial protection ensures a clean and well-drained playground safe for children of all ages to play on.

Durable And Long-Lasting

Our dedication to research and development enables us to offer the highest quality and most cutting-edge materials available today. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products endure the test of time because they are made to handle heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for all-season use.

Reduced Heat Retention

Southwest Green playground turf will keep your play area cooler in warmer weather conditions when 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 providing an average cooling of 30°F-50°F.

Water Conserving

Nationwide, almost a third of residential water use is estimated to be from landscape irrigation, which totals nearly 9 billion gallons a day. With water scarcity becoming more of a problem, it is important to cut back wherever possible. Artificial turf removes the need to use so much water to maintain a safe, beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you won’t need to apply weed-killing chemicals, fertilizers, and unhealthy products for pest control. This will prevent water pollution and saves money in the long run. What’s more, you cut out the downtime it takes to apply these chemicals, and more importantly, reduce the amount of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Ready for a safe and beautiful playground? Southwest Greens Flagstaff 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. Contact us to schedule a consultation!