January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Deciding about installing traditional grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? We’re here for you! We have the answers to your top questions regarding turf for playgrounds. Let us teach you about the key benefits of artificial turf playgrounds.


Because of its durable design, artificial grass makes the right choice for playgrounds and play areas. Not only is it lower maintenance, but it’ll remain visually attractive all year long. Rain, snow, and sunshine won’t cause the turf to fade, giving you the best return on investment possible.

Additionally, artificial turf on playgrounds is held to the strictest standards enforced by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). Southwest Greens turf products are specially made to give you a safer surface with increased shock absorption to soften trips and falls.


Synthetic turf is known to become hot in the summer, historically speaking. However, because of technology, there are ways to help cool your turf’s surface temperature. We call our solution, HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is a simple add-on to your turf’s infill providing an average cooling range of 30°F-50°F and is activated naturally when moistened by irrigation, rainfall, and dew. As the turf surface is warmed by sunlight, HydroChill® turf releases stored moisture. Evaporation removes heat, resulting in a cooler, more comfortable surface. Watch a video of HydroChill® in action here.


We know that when you’re looking for turf, you are looking for pricing in order to plan accordingly. While it is hard to give an exact number without the details of your current project, we estimate a price of $15 - $30+ per square foot for a playground turf installation.

Note, there are several elements that factor into pricing calculations. Here are some of the factors that affect pricing:

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


The ideal way to figure out exactly how much your playground makeover would cost is to set up a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Connecticut.


Some of our first installations are over 20 years old. Despite their age, they still have the rich green color and texture of genuine grass.

Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products endure the test of time because they’re made to handle heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for all-year use. Every installation comes with a one-year warranty for workmanship and manufacturer's warranty covering fading.


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

Safety First

A safety pad underlayment in placed below the turf to help ease trips and falls and reduce injuries. It’s very elastic which provides amazing shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Connecticut is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you can rest easy knowing our turf is held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

The porous pad underlayment quickens drainage vertically and horizontally while addressing water storage. Southwest Greens turf with Microban® antimicrobial protection 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 lets us offer the highest quality and most cutting-edge materials available today. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products last because they are made to stand up to temperature fluctuations, extreme weather, and heavy foot traffic for all-season use.

Reduced Heat Retention

Southwest Green playground turf products keep your play area cooler in warmer conditions versus rubber play area products. To cool your turf even more, we suggest our innovative HydroChill® technology — an addition to the turf’s infill that provides an average temperature reduction of 30°-50°.

Water Conserving

Nationally, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for approximately 1/3 of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons a day. Because water scarcity is becoming more prevalent, it is crucial to reduce consumption where we can. Artificial turf removes the need for so much water to maintain a safe and beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you no longer need to apply weed-killing chemicals, fertilizers, and dangerous products to control pests. This will prevent water pollution and you’ll save money overall. Even better, you eliminate the downtime necessary to apply these chemicals, and more importantly, lessen the chemicals in a children’s play area.


Ready for a safe and beautiful playground? Southwest Greens of Connecticut has the solution for you. All of our projects are custom designed and installed by professionals, so you won’t need to do any of the heavy lifting. Reach out to us to schedule a consultation!