Playgrounds are an essential part of childhood and provide hours of fun and entertainment for kids. However, when it comes to playground surfaces, it’s important to prioritize safety. Synthetic grass is a popular choice for playgrounds because it offers numerous safety benefits while remaining beautiful, lush, and fun for kids.
While all turf grass products are safer for kids than natural grass, utilizing playground turf can help enhance your child’s playtime experience in these four crucial ways.
1. Softer, Safer Surface
Jungle gym falls aren’t the only way kids can get hurt during an otherwise-fun day at the playground. Simply playing in rough landscaping materials such as woodchips or gravel can result in messes, scrapes, and scratches.
SGW artificial grass will help reduce scraped knees during playtime thanks to the soft and lush surface. Our synthetic turf play systems are specially designed to be as safe as possible for kids; all PlayScapes products are IPEMA-certified and meet or exceed all standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials. PlayScapes is also installed with an eco-friendly foam padding underlayer that is proven to protect children from impact falls and injuries from up to 10 feet high. Safety is the first priority for SGW’s PlayScapes system, so you can rest assured that child-friendly synthetic grass is one of the safest and most durable landscaping options available for kids.
2. Less Slippery
This commitment to safety extends to slips and falls. Wet, slippery surfaces are one of the biggest hazards for kids, especially when they’re at an age where they’re likely to lose balance easily.
Concrete, asphalt, natural grass, and plastic playgrounds can all quickly accumulate (and retain) water from morning dew, rainfall, sprinklers, or fog, making it unsafe for kids to play and creating a heightened risk of slipping and falling. Synthetic grass, however, is always installed with an ultra-efficient drainage system that flushes away water at a rate of more than 30 inches per hour per square yard, keeping your turf grass completely dry in record time and allowing your kids more time to play with reduced risk of slips.
Kids love frolicking in the grass during playtime, but the grass doesn’t always love them back. Hay fever, or grass allergies, can be exacerbated by backyard playtime, harming your child or, at the very least, making them uncomfortable during play.
Luckily, playground turf is made from synthetic, hypoallergenic materials that significantly reduce or eliminate the risk of symptoms from grass allergies. Synthetic turf also holds onto fewer pollen particles than natural grass does due to its short and uniform pile height, reducing your child’s exposure to pollen and thereby reducing allergies and resulting symptoms. By switching to synthetic turf grass for your backyard or playground, you can put the tissues away and allow your kids to play worry-free.
4. Non-Toxic and Chemical-Free
Although natural grass is just that — natural — it’s also typically sprayed with chemical treatments such as pesticides, weed sprays, and fertilizers during the maintenance process. When you send your kids out to play in your natural grass backyard, they’re frolicking among the build-up of these harsh chemicals, which can cause illness in kids if they’re not careful.
Synthetic grass, on the other hand, is completely non-toxic and lead-free, and it never requires toxic chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides to remain looking its best. The only maintenance products ever needed for playground turf are turf deodorizers and other disinfectant solutions, but these can be applied only on an as-needed basis and are typically made of all-natural, non-toxic ingredients and with the safety of kids and pets in mind.
If you’re not sure which kid-friendly synthetic grass products are right for your project, the team at SGW Las Vegas can help you find the perfect match for your home or business. SGW Las Vegas has been an industry leader for more than 20 years, helping distributors, installers and homeowners alike with all their artificial grass installation needs. To find out more about our market-leading products or to receive guidance with your next turf grass installation, contact your local Synthetic Grass Warehouse facility today.