January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Deciding whether to install natural grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? You’ve come to the right place! We have the answers to your important questions relating to turf for playgrounds. Let us teach you about the biggest benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


Because of its durable design, artificial grass is an excellent choice for playgrounds and play areas. It will not just reduce maintenance, but it will stay beautiful year-in and year-out. No rain, snow, or sunshine will cause the turf to fade, giving you maximum return on investment available.

Even more important, artificial turf for playgrounds is held to the strictest standards as defined by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association. Southwest Greens turf products are specialized to give you a safer surface with increased shock absorption to reduce trips and falls.


Historically speaking, synthetic turf is known to become hot during the summer season. However, because of technology, there are ways to help your turf’s surface temperature stay cool. Our answer is called HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is straightforward optional component added to a turf’s infill providing an average cooling of 30°F-50°F and is naturally activated when hydrated by rainfall, dew, and irrigation. As the turf surface warms up in the sun, moisture stored in the HydroChill® turf is released. Evaporation removes heat, providing a cooler, more comfortable surface. Learn more about HydroChill® here.


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

Please understand, there are a lot of factors that go into final pricing. Here are a few things 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 get a free consultation with Southwest Greens of Tucson.


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

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


Artificial turf installation is an investment, but one well worth it. Here are just some of the reasons to install synthetic grass for playgrounds.

Safety First

Our safety pad underlayment in placed below the turf to help ease trips and falls and reduce injuries. It’s very elastic which provides incredible shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens of Tucson 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 underlayment pad quickens drainage vertically and laterally while addressing water storage. Complete with Microban® antimicrobial protection, Southwest Greens turf gives you a clean and well-drained playground safe for children of all ages to play on.

Durable And Long-Lasting

Our dedication to research and development allows us to offer the highest quality and state-of-the-art turf available today. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products last because they are engineered to withstand temperature fluctuations, extreme weather, and heavy foot traffic for all-year use.

Reduced Heat Retention

Southwest Green playground turf keeps the play area cooler in warmer weather conditions when compared to rubber playground products. To cool your turf even more, we suggest our innovative HydroChill® technology — an optional add-in to your turf’s infill providing an average cooling range of 30-50 degrees.

Water Conserving

Nationally, landscape irrigation is estimated to be approximately one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons a day. Because water scarcity is becoming more of a problem, it is critical to cut back any way 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 will not have to use fertilizers, weed-killing chemicals, and unhealthy products to repel pests. This will prevent water pollution and saves money long-term. Even better, you remove the downtime required to apply these chemicals, and more importantly, reduce the amount of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Are you ready to have a safe and beautiful playground? Southwest Greens of Tucson has the answer for you. Every project is custom designed and installed by professionals, so you won’t have to do any of the heavy lifting. Contact us to schedule a consultation!