Artificial Grass for Playgrounds

Artificial grass for playgrounds, also referred to as playground turf grass, can create a beautiful and safe all-weather outdoor learning or exercise environment. Woven from high-quality, durable materials, artificial grass comes in a variety of colours that can be combined to create attractive effects, shapes and patterns.

 

When to use artificial grass

Running and playing on grass is as classic as playtime itself; however, underneath grass is soil, and when soil becomes wet, it turns to mud. This can present a problem in our typical British climate! Particularly in well-used play areas with a high footfall.

Artificial grass is a great way to enable mud-free playtime all year round, while maintaining a natural and traditional look in your playground. It’s more hard-wearing than natural grass, making it ideal for busy areas, and offers a safer landing surface when combined with the right underlay material.

These qualities make artificial grass an ideal surface for schools and public parks. It’s also a wheelchair-friendly surface so a great choice for promoting inclusivity in your playground.

How to install artificial turf for a playground

Artificial grass can be laid directly onto tarmac, concrete and even on top of previously installed safety surfaces if they’re in good condition.
When installing over the top of natural grass and soil, an engineered sub-base is required. We also use a protective membrane weed barrier.

It’s important to note that artificial grass is not a safety surface on its own; to make it fit for purpose as a safety surface to Bs EN1177, it needs to be installed over the top of a shock pad underlay. Shock pad underlay minimises the risks of injury as a result of a fall from play equipment. It is available in a variety of thicknesses which are compatible with Critical Fall Heights (CFH) of all play equipment. We can advise on the right underlay for the equipment present in your playground.

All our installations of artificial grass comply with BSEN1177 standards, laid and cut to shape on-site by our fully qualified, enhanced DBS-checked installation team.

Artificial grass maintenance

No mowing or watering required! Playground artificial grass is straightforward to maintain. We’d recommend regular sweeping to clear any leaves or debris. Most dirt and stains can be easily removed with hot soapy water as required.

Our artificial grass surfacing comes with a five year guarantee.

To ensure the ongoing safety of your playground, all equipment and surfacing requires an annual inspection, carried out by an RPII Certified Annual Inspector, as well as regular operational inspections.

Learn more about our inspection and maintenance services.

Yes – it’s a softer and safer alternative to concrete or tarmac. It can be easily maintained without harsh chemicals, and it’s easy to keep clean and hygienic, all important safety considerations.

When installing artificial grass as a playground safety surface, it must be combined with a shock pad underlay, which provides cushioning in the event of a fall from play equipment.

Swing sets and other play equipment can be installed on artificial grass, but we advise this is done by a professional team to BSEN1176/77 standards, to ensure the equipment is properly anchored.

Ideally, yes, artificial grass always needs and ‘edge’ or a border. Particularly if a sub-base has been used in installation, as the border keeps the loose material in place. Borders also secure the edges of the turf and prevent it from being lifted.

Plus, it improves the finished appearance of your playground. We can advise on the best edging options for your project.

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