January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.


Not sure whether to install traditional grass/mulch or a synthetic play surface? You’ve come to the right place! We’re going to answer your questions relating to turf for playgrounds. Let us teach you about the most important benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


IS ARTIFICIAL GRASS GOOD FOR Augusta PLAYGROUNDS?

Because of its durable design, artificial grass is the right choice for playgrounds and play areas. It will not just reduce maintenance, but it will stay stunning all year. Rain, snow, and sunshine won’t cause the turf to fade, giving you the highest possible return on investment possible.

Even more important, artificial turf on playgrounds must meet the highest standards established by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association. Southwest Greens turf products are made specifically to offer a safer surface with more shock absorption to soften trips and falls.


DOES ARTIFICIAL TURF GET HOT?

Historically speaking, synthetic turf has a reputation of getting hot during the warm summer months. However, because of technology, there are options to help cool your turf’s surface temperature. We call our solution, HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is straightforward add-on to the turf’s infill that provides an average reduction of 30-50 degrees and is activated naturally when moistened by irrigation, rainfall, and dew. As the turf surface is heated by solar radiation, moisture stored in the HydroChill® turf is released. Evaporation removes heat, leaving a cooler, more comfortable surface. Watch a video of HydroChill® in action here.


HOW MUCH DOES A SYNTHETIC PLAYGROUND SURFACE COST?

We understand that when you’re shopping for turf, you’re looking for pricing, which will allow you to plan accordingly. Because it is a challenge to give an exact price without the specifics of your current project, we can estimate a price of $15 - $30+ per square foot for a playground turf installation.

Note, there are a lot of things that factor into determining a price. Here are some of the factors that affect pricing:

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

 

The right way to determine how much your playground makeover will cost is to set up a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Augusta.


HOW LONG DOES ARTIFICIAL TURF LAST?

We can only speak for ourselves, but some of our earliest installations are over 20 years old. Despite their age, they have maintained the rich green color and texture of genuine grass.

Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products look and function like new because they’re made to stand up to heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for year-round use. All installations have a one-year warranty for workmanship and manufacturer's warranty to cover fading.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ARTIFICIAL TURF?

Artificial turf installation is an investment, but it’s definitely worth it. Here are some reasons to choose artificial playgound turf.

Safety First

A safety pad underlayment in placed beneath the turf to help ease trips and falls while reducing injury. It is extremely elastic, providing wonderful shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Augusta is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you know our turf is held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

Our underlayment includes a porous pad which accelerates drainage vertically and horizontally while addressing 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 dedication to research and development lets us offer the most high quality and cutting-edge turf you can buy. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products last because they’re made to withstand extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, and heavy traffic for all-year use.

Reduced Heat Retention

Southwest Green playground turf keeps the play area cooler in warmer conditions versus rubber play area materials. To cool your turf even more, we highly recommend our innovative HydroChill® technology — an optional add-in to your turf’s infill which provides an average reduction of 30-50 degrees.

Water Conserving

Across the country, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for almost 1/3 of all residential water use, totaling approximately 9 billion gallons every day. With water scarcity becoming more prevalent, it’s crucial to reduce consumption any way we can. Artificial turf eliminates the need to use so much water to maintain a safe, beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you won’t have to apply fertilizers, weed-killing chemicals, and unhealthy products to control pests. This will result in no water pollution and save you money in the long run. What’s more, you cut out the downtime necessary to apply these chemicals, and more importantly, lessen the amount of chemicals in a children’s play area.


TRANSFORM YOUR PLAYGROUND

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