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Artificial Grass and Playground Safety

Posted on: November 24, 2015

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We can sit here and tell you all day about how our artificial grass in Maryland provides a safer, cleaner, and overall much improved playground for playgrounds. But understanding why our polyethylene turf is a superior option is what will really makes the difference. Knowledge is indeed power, so allow our experts the opportunity to detail the benefits by way of a little comparison.

Traditional Playground Materials, and How They Don’t Stack Up to Artificial Grass

You’ll commonly see pebble, or wood chip-coated playgrounds in use for many schools, daycares and facilities. The idea is that loose material absorbs impact, creating a safer environment for the general activity found in a play area. The principle is sound, but it doesn’t quite stack up. Here’s why:

  • Stone and wood are both abrasive, meaning when an accident or fall occurs, these materials can cause further harm. Cuts, scrapes and bruising are all common in playground horseplay, and in some situations, these materials can become lodged in cuts or scrapes!
  • Treated wood chips are unsafe. According to Public Playground Safety Handbook by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), some wood chips have been treated in chromated copper arsenate, which is toxic.
  • The impact absorption is minimal in both of these materials. They can pack tight, creating surfaces equally as hard as concrete or asphalt, and neither distributes a point of impact correctly. This can result in serious bruising or sprains. The CPSC gives guidelines on the necessary depth, which, depending on material, is at least 9 inches deep. Many playgrounds fall short of this minimum.

What About Natural Grass?

Natural grass can look great, but it takes a huge investment of manpower and time to maintain. In addition, it doesn’t boast the safety appications of turf. Playgrounds are also very active places that can virtually destroy natural grass, cutting up soil, damaging blades and overall making a real mess. The CPSC doesn’t recommend using grass under a playground.

What Does Polyethylene Turf Provide?

Artificial turf, polyethylene in particular, is a chemical-free, non-abrasive material. This means less cuts and scrapes! In addition, the backing of a professionally installed turf is built to resist impact in a balanced way, evenly distributing force at the point of impact, and drastically lessening potential bodily harm. Artificial turf also drains very effectively, avoiding the dangers of slippery stones or slimy wood, and is highly durable. Don’t forget, our turf looks great to boot!

Artificial Grass In Maryland, DC, and Virginia

Can you use natural materials under your playground? Of course, as long as you follow the strict guidelines concerning type of material and depth recommendations. And don’t forget to refill them at least once a year! For an easier solution, try artificial grass.

We make a point to supply our consumers with the absolute best artificial grass in Maryland. That goes for products, service, skill and technology, too, and we never rest until you are fully satisfied! Contact the experts at Capitol Turf Pros today to learn more about our custom turf and playground turf solutions, or to set an appointment!


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