January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Deciding if you should install natural grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? We’re here for you! We have the answers to your questions relating to turf for playgrounds. Let us teach you about the top benefits of artificial turf playgrounds.


Thanks to its high-durability design, artificial grass makes the perfect choice for playgrounds and play areas. Not only is it lower maintenance, but it’ll stay aesthetically pleasing year-in and year-out. Neither rain, nor snow, nor sunshine will dull the turf, offering you maximum return on investment possible.

Additionally, 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 increased shock absorption to buffer trips and falls.


Synthetic turf is known to become hot in the heat of summer, historically speaking. However, because of R&D, there are ways to help your turf’s surface temperature stay cool. Our solution is called HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is an easy addition to your turf’s infill providing an average cooling range of 30°F-50°F and is activated naturally when moistened by rainfall, dew, and irrigation. As the turf surface is warmed by sunlight, moisture stored in the HydroChill® turf is released. When moisture evaporates, it removes heat, resulting in a cooler, more comfortable surface for the players. Watch a video of HydroChill® in action here.


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

There are many things that factor into final pricing. Here are a few things that impact pricing:

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


The right way to determine what your playground makeover would cost is to get a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Houston.


Some of our installations are over 20 years old. Even at this age, they have maintained the bright green color and texture of regular grass.

Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products last because they’re made to withstand temperature fluctuations, extreme weather, and heavy foot traffic for year-round use. Every installation comes with a one-year workmanship warranty and manufacturer's warranty to cover fading.


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

Safety First

Our safety pad underlayment goes below the turf to help buffer trips and falls while reducing injury. It is highly elastic which provides amazing shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Houston is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you can be assured our surfaces are held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

The porous pad underlayment improves drainage vertically and horizontally and also stores water. Complete with Microban® antimicrobial protection, Southwest Greens turf provides a clean and well-drained play area safe for children of all ages to play on.

Durable And Long-Lasting

Our devotion to research and development enables us to offer the highest quality and state-of-the-art materials available today. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products look and function like new because they are built to stand up to heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for all-year use.

Reduced Heat Retention

Southwest Green playground turf keeps your play area cooler in warmer conditions when compared to rubber playground materials. To cool your turf even more, we highly recommend our innovative solution, HydroChill® — an addition to your turf’s infill that provides an average reduction of 30-50 degrees.

Water Conserving

Nationally, nearly a third of residential water use is estimated to be from landscape irrigation, totaling approximately 9 billion gallons per day. Because water scarcity is becoming more of a problem, it’s important to conserve wherever possible. Artificial turf eliminates the need to use so much water to maintain a safe, beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you will not need to apply weed-killing chemicals, fertilizers, and unhealthy products to repel pests. This prevents water pollution and save you money overall. Even better, you cut out the downtime required for these chemicals to be applied, and more importantly, reduce the amount of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Ready to have a beautiful and safe playground? Southwest Greens of Houston has a solution for you. All of our projects are custom designed and installed by professionals, so you’ll never have to do any of the heavy lifting. Contact us to schedule a consultation!

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