Playground Turf Buyer’s Guide
Maybe you’ve been considering playground turf for awhile now, but weren’t sure how it compares to other playground flooring options. Maybe you want nothing but green grass in your backyard for your kids. Whatever your reasons, we’ve got the info you need to choose the artificial grass that fits your needs.
As a kid, I was all about the playground. My parents had a simple swingset for me and my sister, but I always had a lot of fun on it. We’d play car wash by going down the slide, and we would swing so high the swingset would come off the ground and almost become airborne.
It was pretty awesome.
Today, I don’t have a swingset, but maybe your kiddos do. If they’re like me and my sister, they probably try to stand on top of the set or manage to hang upside down until their faces go red.
If they’re also like me and my sister, they probably fall off a lot. It’s inevitable, really.
Enter: Playground Turf.
Playground turf is a lot like landscape turf, but if you add a fall-height rated pad underneath, it becomes the safest place to play.
If you’re into outdoor fun and safety, I can teach you everything you need to know about playground turf. Criss-cross-applesauce your legs, sit back and listen up.
It’s gonna be fun. Pinky-swear.
Playground Turf Explained
Now that you know the basics, let’s take a moment to look at playground turf specifically.
Most fake grass for playgrounds is going to look like real grass blades. Manufacturers are working hard to make artificial grass look and feel more realistic than ever before.
Playground turf grass often mimics real grasses that are found throughout the United States. For example, artificial grass that looks like bermuda grass is popular on the West Coast.
Playground turf is super UV stable and also heat and frost resistant. It typically has a higher face weight* and more durable fibers than other types of turf. Both of these factors make playground turf extremely durable for the playground.
Playground turf is usually made from polyethylene or polypropylene. This fiber can hold a lot of wear and tear compared to other types of outdoor playground flooring.
*The face weight is the amount of material used per square yard in your artificial grass.
Playground Turf Padding
Unfortunately, the turf on its own will not give you a proper fall-height rating to keep your kids safe. To keep kids safe, you’ll also need a padding under the turf. Fall height is the highest point a child can safely stand on. If your playground flooring surface is fall-height rated for 7′, that means the child can fall from 7′ without serious injury.
Playground turf has different fall-height safety ratings, depending on thickness and underlayment. The thickness is measured by adding the thickness of your lawn pad or play pad with the thickness of your playground turf.
It is important to note: These are the standard ratings, but playground flooring safety ratings vary by product, Make sure to check out the specs on the specific product you are looking at to ensure it will be safe.
2.1-3.1” → 5′ fall-height rating, great for most residential playgrounds
3.3-4.3” → 7′ fall-height rating, great for most residential & commercial playgrounds
Playground Turf Products
Now that you’re ready to choose your playground turf, let me gather the best info on our products to make the process easy. Here we go!
Playsafe Turf Rolls
These turf rolls are great for residential playgrounds. They have a face weight and thickness perfect for landscaping. With a long warranty, your playground will be around for a long time.
Playsafe Premium Turf Rolls
A step above our Playground Turf Rolls, these turf rolls have a higher face weight and a higher thickness for more durability. More durability equals more time playing on the jungle gym. Can’t beat that.
Daytona Turf Rolls
These playground turf rolls are the cream of the crop. They have a super-long warranty and an extremely high face weight and thickness. This is the turf that can keep up with any kid.
Austin Elite Turf Rolls
Elite is in the title for a reason - these turf rolls are the elite product. They have a great face weight and thickness, so your lawn can take a beating. Even better, it still has a long warranty for your peace of mind.
Pet Turf Rolls
Don’t let the name fool you, these turf rolls are for more than just pets (though they’re great for them too!). Pet turf rolls are super soft and also have a great face weight for durability. Although they aren’t the thickest around, they do have a great warranty.
Free Time Turf Rolls
These are pretty cool because they work both indoors and outdoors. This turf is multi-use, being great for playgrounds, pets, working out - it’s your choice! Since they’re indoor/outdoor, they have a lower face weight and thickness than the plush artificial grass you’re used to.
Playground Turf Installation
This is where playground turf can get a little complicated.
To install, you’re going to need a few accessories. Luckily, we have them available for you to buy now. No website hunting needed!
Playground Turf Accessories
- Weed fabric: You don’t want weeds and grass poking through your perfect lawn. You’ll need to lay this down first.
- Fill: Fill helps hold your turf down and keeps the blades standing up for a natural look.
- Nails and staples: Nails are used to hold the edges of the turf down, while staples are great for holding seams together. You’ll need both.
- Seam tape and adhesive: If you really don’t want staples, you can always use seam tape to stick turf together. Easy as pie.
- Wonder Edge: Edging can help make your turf look it’s best.
- Polyboard: If you want to get landscaping after your artificial grass is laid, polyboard is an alternative to natural wood edging.
- Lawn pads: For some extra cushion under your feet, lay down a lawn pad. If you have some kiddos running around, these are fall height rated for safety.
Definitely look twice at your manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you have all the tools you need to make your landscape look amazing.
If you’re like me and need some visual learning, we have a great video on how to install artificial grass.
Your kids’ playground will always be their oasis. They’ll climb, tumble and fall, so to make it more stress-free for you, playground turf is the way to go. They’ll stay safe during their activities, while you sit back and relax.