The Benefits of Playground Turfs for Your Child’s Safety

Playground Turfs

The saying “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” is especially true when that other side has playground turfs! Like any business, the playground equipment industry is always changing with new trends. One popular trend now is putting artificial grass in playgrounds and parks all over America.

Artificial grass is popular for many reasons. It looks good, lasts a long time, can be used in many ways, and helps save money and time on upkeep for schools and parks. With playground artificial grass, places can cut down on water, fertilizer, and the need for a lot of lawn care. It also means playgrounds can be used more often. 

Our artificial grass for playgrounds is a great choice for several reasons. Let’s look at them more closely.

Why Should You Consider Synthetic Play Turf?

It looks great. Modern artificial grass looks very similar to real grass. In many cases, it looks even better than a well-kept lawn.

It lasts a long time. The newest types are made to be used all year in any weather. They can handle lots of playing without getting worn out.

It’s always ready to use. You don’t have to wait for this “grass” to recover after being used.

It’s easy to take care of. Artificial turf doesn’t grow weeds and doesn’t need water, fertilizer, bug killer, or mowing.


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It’s More Than Just a ‘Green Carpet’

At Sustainable Turf, we focus on making artificial grass for playgrounds, but it’s also great for other areas too. Today’s artificial grass has something called “infill.” This means we mix in sand or tiny rubber bits with the fake grass blades to make them stand up and feel springy. Sometimes, especially when the grass isn’t very tall and doesn’t have much infill, we put a soft or stretchy layer under the grass. Our special play turf uses a type of sand that helps keep the grass cooler.

We install our artificial grass with a few layers that help it drain water, stay strong, and keep the grass blades looking good. Usually, we put our turf on top of one of these two things:

  • Foam padding – This is a soft layer that helps protect people if they fall and helps water drain away.
  • Poured-in-place impact layer – This is a special foam that’s really good at soaking up the shock if someone falls, making it safer and easy for everyone to use, including those who need wheelchair access.

Grass Is No Match for Kids

A grass field used more than 3-4 days a week won’t stay nice looking. That’s why artificial grass is a great choice for playgrounds and places used a lot where the real grass gets ruined, leaving a muddy, ugly spot.

If you use a grassy area after it rains a lot, you might get a compacted, muddy mess that stops grass from growing. And in the hot, dry summer, you need to water it and use chemicals to keep it alive, which can make it a place kids should stay away from.

Artificial grass can be used every day, no matter the weather, without getting damaged. Our grass is made from polyethylene, which is tougher than nylon or polypropylene. It’s durable, lasts a long time, and has a soft layer that makes it a safer place for kids to play.

Artificial Turf Uses Less Water and Costs Less to Maintain

Keeping grass playgrounds nice costs a lot. You have to do a lot of work like cutting the grass, watering, planting new seeds, using fertilizers, and more. Plus, places that get used a lot sometimes need big fixes. This means putting new grass down in spots without any and making kids stay off until the grass grows back.

A big reason why artificial grass is so popular, especially in the West and South, is it helps save water. Schools and parks are trying more than ever to use less water and make taking care of playgrounds and other areas easier.

Artificial grass costs more at the start than other choices. But, usually, a playground with artificial grass pays for itself in the first 3-4 years for schools and community places.

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What About Heat Concerns?

You might know that artificial grass can get hot in the sun. The kind of material we use to fill in the grass really affects how hot it gets. Our special fill material can make the grass 30-50 degrees cooler on average. It cools down naturally with water from sprinklers, rain, and morning dew. This cool technology also helps the grass last longer.

Care and Maintenance

To keep your artificial grass looking good for a long time, it needs some care. You should spray it with water. If there are spills or stains, you can clean them with a mix of gentle soap and warm water, or you can use a mix of vinegar and water, half and half.

Sometimes, just using a leaf blower or a quick spray with the garden hose is enough to get rid of dust, dirt, and pollen.

It’s Not Just for Playgrounds!

Sustainable Turf offers professional turf installation services in the Tampa Bay area. Having skilled and professional installers is important! You’ll see that every person on our Sustainable Turf team is professional, friendly, and knows a lot. 

Please get in touch with our team today to learn more about how our artificial grass can make your playground areas better.


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