Are you a school administrator, a daycare owner, or anyone else surrounded by kids at all times? If you’re responsible for the safety and care of kids, you know how important your decisions are—and this includes planning for your school playground, sports fields, and all other activity areas.
There are several different options for playground surfaces, including wood chips, sand, rubber, and mulch. But one option offers many more benefits and is, ultimately, the safest choice: artificial turf.
Benefits of Playground Turf
Keep reading as we go through the reasons why your school should absolutely invest in artificial grass for playgrounds.
1. Safe and Soft
Without a doubt, when there are kids involved, the most important consideration of all is: how safe is it?
Many kids love climbing, running, spinning, and jumping to let out some energy. Jungle gyms and other playground equipment are great for this—but can lead to falls, bumps, and scrapes at any time.
Fortunately, artificial turf provides a soft and impact-absorbing surface so that when those inevitable trips and falls happen, they aren’t dangerous. Your kids can jump right back up and continue playing, with fewer scraped knees and elbows. It’s also non-abrasive and super-soft, which is much more fun to play in and roll around on.
Compare this to other surface types that are less than forgiving: natural grass, for example, tends to be pretty hard, and it doesn’t absorb the shock of a fall at all. Wood chips, if not maintained well, can cause splinters when children fall on them. And surfaces like mulch, gravel, and sand tend to get displaced as kids play, exposing the hard ground underneath. Synthetic turf and grass provides padding that won’t get displaced, and high-quality turf can protect kids from falls of up to 10 feet.
Additionally, at US Turf, all of our synthetic lawn products exceed national safety standards, are recyclable, and non-flammable.
2. Low Maintenance and Durable
As mentioned above, most other types of playground surfaces require a lot of maintenance to stay safe. With artificial turf, fortunately, there’s very minimal maintenance! No mowing, weeding, or fertilizing required.
Rain will typically wash away any dust and dirt—if not, a quick spray-down is all it typically needs. After that, draining is quick and efficient, which means there’s no mud to deal with. Kids can play immediately after it rains, and you won’t get any dirt or mud tracked into your classrooms.
Finally, there’s no waiting for the grass to grow when you make the transition to artificial turf! Installation is quick, and your kids can start enjoying it right away. Artificial turf for your playground can also last up to 20 years, so you’ll be set for quite a while.
3. Allergen-Free and Non-Toxic
Allergies are no fun for anyone! Unfortunately, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, including from grass and other pollen.
To make life a little easier, consider investing in allergen-free artificial turf. Manufactured with man-made and hypoallergenic materials, turf allows kids and parents to play without the risk of getting all stuffed up.
Additionally, artificial turf doesn’t require mowing, pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides, so your kids won’t be exposed to the extra pollen in the air or any toxic chemicals left behind from your lawn maintenance activities. Compare this to rubber mulch— since it’s often made from recycled tires, the long-term safety effects are largely unknown. Why risk it?
4. Looks Great and Performs Year-Round
Is your grounds crew tired of routine maintenance, followed by your kids getting frustrated with the play area being closed for said maintenance?
With artificial turf, this isn’t a concern anymore. That’s because it looks, feels, and performs great all year long! Your play area will look green, lush, welcoming, and beautiful with little maintenance.
Compare this with rubber surfaces, which tend to absorb heat in the summer (ouch!) and become hard and brittle in the winter. Your artificial turf, on the other hand, will stay much cooler to the touch and provides the perfect environment for play. And don’t forget that ugly brown color your natural lawn turns into during those hot summer months, either. Can you guess what happens to your artificial turf? That’s right—nothing! It’ll stay green and gorgeous on the hottest days of the year.
5. Environmentally Friendly
We’ve covered safety, performance, and the look of your turf, but that’s not all it provides. Artificial turf is also an environmentally friendly option, as well as one that can save you money in the long-run. In addition to going chemical-free, you’ll be cutting down on carbon emissions that come from mowers and trimmers. Plus, your artificial turf dramatically reduces your water consumption, since it doesn’t require any watering.
Artificial Turf for Playgrounds with US Turf
With all these compelling reasons in mind, are you ready to make the investment? That’s where we can help. Our kid-safe artificial turf is perfect for parks, schools, daycares, and anywhere else that could benefit from safe, soft, and great-looking artificial grass.
We make our turf to be highly durable specifically to withstand all types of playground equipment and play, and we custom tailor not only the design of your playground turf but also help you select the best infill and yarn (blades of grass) for your needs.
Connect with us today for a free estimate, and see if our playground solutions will work for you!