January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Debating if you should install traditional grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? You’ve come to the right place! Let us answer your questions about turf for playgrounds. Discover some of the most important benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


Thanks to its high-durability design, artificial grass is the perfect choice for playgrounds and play areas. It will not only cut down on maintenance, but it’ll stay aesthetically pleasing all year long. Neither rain, nor snow, nor sunshine will dull the turf, offering you the highest possible return on investment available.

Additionally, artificial turf on playgrounds meets the strictest standards enforced by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). Southwest Greens turf products are made specifically to provide a safer surface with enhanced shock absorption to soften trips and falls.


Historically speaking, synthetic turf is known to become hot in the warm summer months. However, thanks to R&D, there are options to help your turf’s surface temperature stay cool. Our solution is called HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is an easy addition to the turf’s infill that gives you an average cooling range of 30°-50° and is activated naturally when moistened by dew, rainfall, and irrigation. As the turf surface warms up in the sun, HydroChill® turf releases stored moisture. When moisture evaporates, it removes heat, leaving a cooler, more comfortable surface for the players. You can see a video of how it works here.


We understand that when you are shopping for turf, you’re looking for pricing, which will allow you to plan accordingly. While it is challenging to give an exact price without the specifics of your current project, we estimate that installing playground turf costs $15 to $30+ per square foot.

Note, there are many factors that go into determining a price. Here are some of the things that impact pricing:

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


The best way to figure out how much your playground makeover will cost is to get a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Asheville.


Speaking only for ourselves, some of our earliest installations are older than 20 years. Even at this age, they’re still still the bright green color and texture of traditional grass.

Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products endure the test of time because they are built to withstand temperature fluctuations, extreme weather, and heavy foot traffic for all-year use. Every installation comes with a one-year workmanship warranty and manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.


Installing artificial turf is an investment, but one definitely worth it. Here are some reasons to make synthetic grass for playgrounds.

Safety First

The safety pad underlayment in placed beneath the turf to help buffer trips and falls while reducing injury. It’s extremely elastic, providing wonderful shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Asheville 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 improves drainage vertically and laterally and also addresses water storage. Southwest Greens turf with Microban® antimicrobial protection ensures a clean and well-drained play area safe for children of all ages to play on.

Durable And Long-Lasting

Our commitment to research and development enables us to offer the most high quality and cutting-edge materials you can buy. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products look new because they are made to withstand heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for all-season use.

Reduced Heat Retention

Southwest Green playground turf products keep your play area cooler in hotter climate conditions compared to rubber play area products. To take this cooling even further, we highly recomment our innovative HydroChill® technology — an optional add-in to the turf’s infill which provides an average cooling range of 30-50 degrees.

Water Conserving

From coast-to-coast, approximately one third of residential water use is estimated to come from landscape irrigation, totaling approximately 9 billion gallons every day. With water scarcity becoming more of a concern, it’s critical to conserve where we can. Artificial turf removes the need to use so much water just to maintain a safe and beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you won’t need to apply fertilizers, weed-killing chemicals, and harmful products to control pests. This prevents water pollution and saves money overall. What’s more, you eliminate the downtime necessary for these chemicals to be applied, and more importantly, cut down the chemicals in a children’s play area.


Are you ready to have a safe, beautiful playground? Southwest Greens of Asheville has the solution for you. Our projects are all custom designed and installed by professionals, so you won’t ever need to do any of the heavy lifting. Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation!