The way kids have fun these days is much more different than it used to be. Back in the day, children would have fun by going outside and playing for most of the day. The only bad thing was when the street lights turned on, meaning it was time to go inside for the night. Today, though, fun for kids typically involves televisions, gaming devices, and other electronics.
Fortunately, all hope is not lost. If you want to get your children spending more time outside, one good way to do so is to invest in a backyard play area. Slides, swings, monkey bars, and other play areas will be sure to keep your kids busy during the warmer months. However, choosing the right surface for a playground is imperative in creating a safe and appealing space. While wood chips as well as gravel surfaces are used for playground surfaces, they are not really safe for preventing cuts, scrapes, and other injuries when children fall on them.
Benefits of Using Artificial Turf For Play Areas
That’s why we always recommend installing artificial turf for play areas. More and more parents are choosing to install artificial turf in their children’s play area because of the benefits derived from them. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits artificial turf offers for children’s play areas.
Most playgrounds will have wood chip, stone, or concrete surfaces, all of which can cause some scrapes and cuts after a fall. Artificial turf can make the surfaces of playgrounds much safer due to its soft padding and infill. The soft, synthetic grass will be just as soft as natural grass, therefore children are less likely to experience cuts, scrapes, or broken bones.
There’s nothing worse than having your kids track in dirt, mud, and other debris into your clean home after playing. With artificial grass, children are able to freely play without having to worry about getting covered in dirt, mud, and grass. Not to mention, you won’t have to worry about grass stains and dirt stains on clothing nearly as much! Should there ever be a mess on your artificial play area, don’t worry, clean-up is a breeze!
3. Low Maintenance
The amount of foot traffic in a play area can cause some wear and tear on the surface over time. Natural grass requires mowing, fertilization, and seeding to keep its lush and green look, and gravel and wood chips eventually get carried or blown away, leading to a regular need for refills. Pour-in-place surfaces such as concrete, while they may last longer than natural grass, will likely still require replacement after a few years, and any repairs done in between are noticeable. Artificial turf, on the other hand, can last up to five years, and any repairs are naturally blended in so they do not flaw the appearance of the playground. It also requires virtually no maintenance other than a quick spray with water to remove dirt.
Replacing natural grass with synthetic grass can help you improve the green factor of your backyard playground. Because it requires little maintenance, artificial grass cuts down on the use of resources. It will always look green and healthy and you don’t even need to use water to irrigate the grass. Plus, since you don’t have to mow or trim the grass, gas is not required for upkeep. And lastly, with artificial turf, there is no need for all of those chemical fertilizers and weed killers that would otherwise go into the environment.
Artificial playground surfaces let water and other liquids drain away quickly to keep the play area dry and free of puddles. This feature can be very beneficial, especially when wet, muddy conditions might keep kids from playing outside. Replacing natural grass or an existing play surface with artificial turf means the kids can go outside shortly after it rains without getting soaked or covered in mud!
Artificial turf for playground areas provides a safe ground cover. It makes the play area safer for all children, provides a cleaner environment, has excellent drainage, and requires very little maintenance. If you’re ready to install an artificial playground area in your backyard, or have another use for synthetic grass, contact 360 Sports and Syngrass. We have everything you need! 360 synthetic playground turf is specially designed from the ground up for safety and is one of the safest play surfaces available.
If you are interested in learning more about our artificial playground turf, contact us today!