January 11, 2022

Synthetic turf for a better and safer play environment.

Debating about installing traditional grass and mulch or a synthetic play surface? Look no further! We’re going to answer your questions regarding turf for playgrounds. Let us teach you about the biggest benefits of artificial turf playgrounds in this article.


Because it’s designed to be highly-durable, artificial grass makes an excellent choice for playgrounds and play areas. Not only is it lower maintenance, but it will stay aesthetically pleasing all year. Rain, snow, and sunshine won’t affect the color of the turf, giving you the best return on investment possible.

Additionally, artificial turf used on playgrounds meets the highest standards as defined by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association. Southwest Greens turf products are specially made to offer a safer surface with increased shock absorption to soften trips and falls.


Synthetic turf tends to become hot in the summer, historically speaking. However, thanks to technology, there are ways to help cool your turf’s surface temperature. Our answer is called HydroChill®.

HydroChill® is a simple addition to the turf’s infill providing an average cooling range of 30-50 degrees and works naturally when hydrated by irrigation, rainfall, and dew. As the turf surface is heated by solar radiation, moisture stored in the HydroChill® turf is released. When moisture evaporates, it removes heat, providing a cooler, more comfortable turf for the players. Watch a video of HydroChill® in action here.


We know that when you are shopping for turf, you’re looking for pricing in order to plan accordingly. Because it’s a challenge to offer an exact number without the details of your current project, we can estimate that installing playground turf costs $15 to $30+ per square foot.

Please understand, there are several elements that factor into final pricing. Here are a few factors that affect pricing:

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


The right way to discover what your playground makeover will cost is to schedule a free consultation with Southwest Greens Vancouver (Second Generation Landscapes).


Speaking only for ourselves, some of our installations are over 20 years old. Even at this age, they still have the vibrant green color and texture of natural grass.

Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products endure the test of time because they’re manufactured to withstand temperature fluctuations, extreme weather, and heavy foot traffic for year-round use. Every installation has a one-year warranty for workmanship and manufacturer's warranty covering fading.


Artificial turf installation is an investment, but one well worth it. Here are just some of the reasons to install artificial playground turf.

Safety First

Our safety pad underlayment is installed below the turf to help buffer trips and falls and reduce injuries. It is very elastic, providing amazing shock absorption. Playground turf from Southwest Greens Vancouver (Second Generation Landscapes) is International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Certified, so you know our turf surfaces are held to the highest standards.

Enhanced Drainage Capabilities

The porous underlayment pad accelerates drainage vertically and horizontally while addressing water storage. Complete with Microban® antimicrobial protection, Southwest Greens turf provides a clean and well-drained surface safe for children of all ages to play on.

Durable And Long-Lasting

Our commitment to research and development lets us offer the highest quality and state-of-the-art turf you can buy. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products look and function like new because they are engineered to stand up to extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, and heavy traffic for all-season use.

Reduced Heat Retention

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

Water Conserving

Nationally, approximately one third of residential water use is estimated to be from landscape irrigation, which totals approximately 9 billion gallons a day. With water scarcity becoming more of a concern, it is important to cut back any way we can. Artificial turf will eliminate the need to use so much water in order to maintain a safe and beautiful play space.

Reduce Pollution

With synthetic grass, you will not have to use weed-killing chemicals, fertilizers, and dangerous products to control pests. This will result in no water pollution and you’ll save money long-term. What’s more, you cut out the downtime necessary for these chemicals to be applied, and more importantly, lessen the amount of chemicals in a children’s play area.


Are you ready to have a safe and beautiful playground? Southwest Greens Vancouver (Second Generation Landscapes) has the answer for you. Every project is custom designed and installed by professionals, so you’ll never have to do any of the heavy lifting. Contact us to schedule a consultation!