Artificial Grass Solutions for Playgrounds, Schools & Daycares

Enjoy a durable, low-maintenance, and eco-friendly solutions that promote endless fun and engagement. Bring joy, safety, and sustainability to your commercial playgrounds and recreation spaces with artificial grass for Ideal Turf!

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A Lush, Soft, Hassle-Free & 100% Safe Ground Cover for Your Playground, School, or Daycare Facility

Safety is one of the primary concerns for any destination where children may gather. Schools, day care centers and public parks especially have to take precautions to ensure child safety, as they could be held legally responsible for any injuries that may occur on playgrounds. Businesses and commercial properties throughout the country have begun to recognize the undeniable benefits of artificial grass. Hard surfaces like abrasive gravel, asphalt or even dirt provide almost no protection against fall-related injuries.

And when children play outside, an occasional fall is inevitable. Any parent can tell you that, but falls don’t have to result in an injury, especially with proper protection. That is why all of our artificial playground turf is ASTM HIC tested and certified by the IPEMA for falls from playground equipment. The padded layer installed under our artificial grass products provides a safe place for children to land, so they can continue to play and parents can be worry-free.

Affordable Pricing
Affordable Pricing
Artificial grass is easy to maintain
Maintenance Free
Reduce Water Bill
Artificial turf products are covered by a 15-Year Manufacturers Product Warranty
Artificial grass saves time

Kid-Friendly Artificial Turf Applications

Ideal Turf is proud to offer our high-quality synthetic playground turf throughout Texas and in Oklahoma for all manner of commercial applications. From schools and municipal playgrounds to indoor daycares and play centers, our artificial grass is safe, healthy and durable enough to withstand the heavy traffic of playing children while protecting them from fall related injuries. We’ve installed artificial playground turf throughout Texas and Oklahoma for the following applications:

  • Playgrounds
  • Schools
  • Play Areas
  • Daycares
  • Municipalities
  • Recreation Areas
  • Parks
  • Play Centers
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What are the Benefits of Artificial Turf for Children's Play Areas?

Below we’ve outlined a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy by having artificial turf installed at your playground, play area, school, daycare facility, or anywhere children play!


Artificial grass for playgrounds is highly durable, able to withstand heavy foot traffic, play equipment, and weather conditions without becoming worn or damaged, ensuring long-lasting play surfaces.

Keeps Turf Cleaner Between Cleanings


Synthetic grass provides a clean play area free from mud, dirt, and allergens, creating a hygienic environment for children to enjoy outdoor activities without the mess associated with natural grass.



Artificial turf promotes accessibility for children of all abilities, offering a level surface that is wheelchair-friendly and compliant with ADA guidelines, ensuring inclusivity in playgrounds and play areas.

Antimicrobial Turf Backing


Some artificial grass products feature antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria and germs, reducing the risk of infections and promoting a healthier play environment for children.

Realistic & Natural-Looking


Artificial turf provides a realistic and natural looking ground cover. It's designed to mimic the look and feel of natural grass without the hassle of maintenance.

Safe for Pets & Kids


Artificial grass prioritizes safety, offering cushioning and impact absorption properties that help reduce the risk of injuries from falls, providing parents and caregivers with peace of mind knowing that children can play safely.

Why Choose Ideal Turf To Install Artificial Turf at Your Playground, School or Daycare?


When you need artificial grass installed at your playground, school or daycare in Texas or Oklahoma, let your first call be to Ideal Turf. We are professional, timely, and creative in our commercial turf solutions. Our skilled technicians are trained in the latest in modern technology when it comes to artificial grass installations, so you can be sure you will get lasting results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions that we hear regarding artificial turf for pet care facilities. If you have a question but don't see the answer below, please reach out and let us know.

Is artificial turf safe for children?

Yes, artificial grass is generally considered safe for children to play on. High-quality synthetic turf designed for playgrounds is engineered to meet safety standards and guidelines, offering a cushioned and resilient surface that helps reduce the risk of injuries from falls. Unlike natural grass, which can become uneven and develop holes or bare patches over time, artificial grass provides a consistent and level playing surface.


Synthetic turf is often installed over shock-absorbing padding or underlayment materials, further enhancing its impact attenuation properties. With proper installation and maintenance, artificial grass can offer a safe and enjoyable play environment for children in playgrounds.

What is the safest ground cover for playgrounds?

A truly safe playground surface must meet ASTM 1292 fall specifications and ASTM 1951 ADA accessibility guidelines. Synthetic turf provides the safest ground cover for playgrounds. Some turf manufacturers go beyond these requirements to incorporate antimicrobial protection and antistatic technology into their turf products. Artificial grass is durable, low-maintenance, and resistant to weather and environmental factors, making it an ideal choice for playgrounds seeking long-lasting safety and performance.

According to the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), nearly 70 percent of all playground injuries are due to falls.  High-quality artificial turf designed specifically for playgrounds offers cushioning and impact attenuation properties that help reduce the risk of injuries from falls. Additionally, synthetic turf is often installed over shock-absorbing padding or underlayment materials to improve playground safety.


It is essential to select synthetic grass products that meet safety standards and guidelines for playground surfaces and ensure proper installation by trained professionals. With appropriate precautions and maintenance, artificial grass can provide a safe and durable ground cover for playgrounds.

What are the most common ground covers for playgrounds?

The most common ground covers for playgrounds include:

  • Synthetic turf
  • Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF)
  • Wood Chips/Mulch
  • Pea Gravel
  • Sand
  • Poured-in-Place Rubber Surfacing


EWF and rubber mulch are popular choices due to their excellent impact attenuation properties and safety certifications. Pea gravel and sand offer natural aesthetics and drainage benefits but may require periodic replenishment and leveling. Poured-in-place rubber surfacing provides a seamless and customizable option with a variety of colors and designs available, but it tends to be more expensive than other options.

Synthetic grass provides great aesthetics, natural look, durability, excellent drainage, and impact attenuation. Each ground cover has its advantages and considerations, and the choice often depends on factors such as safety, accessibility, budget, and aesthetic preferences.

Why is artificial turf the best ground cover for playgrounds?

Artificial turf is considered the best ground cover for playgrounds for several reasons. Synthetic grass offers excellent impact attenuation properties, cushioning falls and reducing the risk of injuries to children during play. Additionally, artificial turf provides a consistent and level playing surface, minimizing tripping hazards and allowing for wheelchair accessibility.


Unlike natural grass, which requires ongoing maintenance such as mowing, watering, and fertilizing, synthetic turf is low-maintenance and remains green and lush year-round. Furthermore, artificial grass is durable and resistant to wear and tear, making it suitable for high-traffic playgrounds. Overall, artificial turf offers a safe, accessible, and long-lasting ground cover option for playgrounds.


Check out our guide on How to Choose the Best Artificial Grass for Playgrounds.

What playground surfaces are best for accessibility?

Playground surfaces that are best for accessibility include poured-in-place rubber surfacing and rubber tiles. These options provide a seamless and smooth surface that is wheelchair-accessible and meets ADA requirements for playground accessibility. Additionally, poured-in-place rubber surfacing offers customizable designs and colors, allowing for creative and inclusive playground environments.


Rubber tiles are durable, easy to install, and provide excellent impact attenuation properties, making them suitable for playgrounds seeking both safety and accessibility features. By choosing accessible playground surfaces, such as poured-in-place rubber or rubber tiles, playgrounds can ensure that all children, regardless of mobility limitations, can enjoy safe and inclusive play experiences.

Is artificial playground turf easy to maintain?

Artificial playground turf is relatively easy to maintain compared to natural grass. Synthetic grass requires minimal upkeep, such as periodic brushing or raking to remove debris and maintain its appearance. Occasional cleaning with water and mild detergent can help remove stains and spills, keeping the surface clean and hygienic. Additionally, inspecting the turf for any damage or signs of wear and tear and addressing them promptly can prolong its lifespan and ensure continued safety for children. Overall, artificial playground turf offers a low-maintenance ground cover option that saves time and resources for playground owners and operators.

Does it hurt to fall on artificial grass?

Artificial grass provides a cushioned surface that helps reduce the risk of injuries from falls, making it safer than harder surfaces like concrete or asphalt. Synthetic turf is designed to offer shock absorption properties, dispersing impact energy and cushioning falls to minimize the risk of injuries.


Some artificial grass products are installed over shock-absorbing padding or underlayment materials, further enhancing their impact attenuation capabilities. While falling on artificial grass may still cause some discomfort, especially from higher heights, it offers a softer landing compared to harder surfaces, reducing the severity of injuries in most cases.

Does artificial grass get hot?

Yes, all synthetic turf can become hot. It doesn’t have water running through it like natural grass. That said, it doesn’t absorb and radiate heat like pavement, rock or brick surfaces. Most manufacturers make efforts to minimize the surface temperature as much as possible, such as applying heat-reflecting coatings or reducing the density of the backing material.


From our observations over the past few years, we have noticed a few factors that can impact the temperature of artificial grass surfaces.

  • Darker turf tends to become warmer.
  • Denser turf absorbs more heat.
  • Flatter blades transfer heat more quickly.
  • Uniform turf is less effectively cooled by wind.
  • Increased infill application can lead to higher temperatures.
  • Flatter, matted turf tends to be denser and warmer.

On extra warm days, simply hose off your turf to cool it down. We recommend using T°Cool® Infill with your turf installation because it cools the artificial grass by 30° – 50°F through evaporative cooling. It is also antimicrobial and will help to prevent the buildup of bacteria and odors.

How do you clean spills off of synthetic turf?

If a spill occurs, clean up quickly with water, mild detergent, and a stiff-bristled nylon brush (if needed). Semi-permanent items such as paint can be removed, but will require more effort. Use of harsh or damaging cleaning chemicals, solutions, or solvents may limit the liability claim. Finally, wash the area using any basic carpet cleaner solution and hot water – then rinse thoroughly.

How much does playground turf cost?

The cost of playground turf varies depending on factors such as the quality of the turf, installation requirements, site preparation, and any additional features or accessories. On average, playground turf can cost between $8 to $15 per square foot for materials and installation. Higher-quality synthetic grass products with enhanced safety features and durability may have a higher upfront cost but offer better long-term value and performance.


Factors such as site accessibility, labor costs, and customization options can affect overall project expenses. While playground turf installation may require a significant upfront investment, its durability, low maintenance requirements, and safety benefits make it a cost-effective choice for playgrounds in the long run.