What kid doesn’t love going to the playground? Running, jumping, climbing, hanging from the monkey bars, they’re all fun activities that offer plenty of fresh air and exercise. But what about the stuff that makes up your kid’s playground? Whether for public play areas or for your own backyard, you want your child and their friends to be both comfortable and safe. Artificial grass makes the best playground turf for lots of reasons.
Safety is Important
Kids will fall, that’s just a fact of life. In the US, it’s estimated that more than 200,000 kids suffer playground injuries every year; 80% of those injuries are the result of falls to the surface. To lessen this, minimum levels of fall protection are mandated for certain public access play spaces. This means that playgrounds require more of a cushion for their ground surface.
When you’re at home, your parental senses inspire you to do everything you can to protect your children while they’re at play. Installing artificial grass as a sort of flooring under a backyard play structure is as practical and helpful as installing it in larger public spaces.
Traditional alternatives such as concrete, packed dirt, pea gravel, or bark chips are uncomfortable underfoot, and they can be dangerous. Hard surfaces skin knees and hands and loose footing invites turned ankles and falls. Artificial grass is soft and fluffy underfoot, like having your play structure right on the lawn.
Artificial grass is cleaner
Alternative products can make a mess. Dirt is messy and it turns into mud. Gravel and bark chips have a way of traveling beyond their space, sticking to your child’s clothing, and tracking it inside. You’re constantly raking and returning errant pieces to where they belong, but you still find them tracked into your house. Wood chips can cause splinters that stick in skin, clothing, and your pet’s fur.
Real grass also creates its own set of problems. It stains clothing, and it is dangerously slippery when it gets wet. The more kids play on it, the more it wears down, creating muddy spots. Playground turf is never slippery, and it drains away moisture far faster than natural grass.
Artificial grass is tough and long-lasting
Unlike natural grass, it won’t wear down or develop holes, even under the most energetic play. It will probably still be there looking good and ready for fun, long after your kids have outgrown their play structure.
Fake grass is low maintenance
The worst thing about natural grass is that it requires endless mowing and all that other care and maintenance. It’s can be really time-consuming and expensive. And your child can’t really be outside playing when yard work is being done. This is especially true for when it’s time to water the grass. Pea gravel and bark chips require less care, but they have to be replenished periodically, at additional expense.
Once it’s installed, artificial turf is happy just as is. A periodic rinse with the hose clears away summer dust, and lightweight debris such as fallen leaves are easily removed with a broom, rake, or blower.
Artificial playground turf is a great investment
Artificial grass isn’t only an investment in play safety, it’s a smart financial investment too. It pays for itself in just a few short years. You can simultaneously protect your child and increase your property’s value.
Artificial grass looks better
Children may not notice this as much as adults, but homeowners and anyone responsible for public play areas want their space to look as inviting as possible. Nothing is prettier or more play-friendly than lush, green grass that lasts all year round.