Playground Grass Synthetic Turf vs. Wood Chips
When it comes to playground surfacing, there’s only one solution that checks off all the boxes, and it’s not wood chips! Playground Grass™ synthetic turf outperforms other turf, wood chips/mulch, and rubber flooring in every way.
|Playground Grass||Rubber Tiles|
|Prone to Fading?||No||Yes|
Wood chips just don’t cut it for playground surfacing.
Loose fill loses, synthetic turf wins.
The National Study of Playground Equipment and Surfacing conducted by The National Program for Playground Safety (published in March 2019) sheds light on issues with loose-fill surfacing:
Surfacing material must be adequately maintained and its performance periodically verified.
74% of loose-fill playground surfacing material had been displaced by the time of testing and 40% of loose-fill material surrounding each play structure had deteriorated.
Limitations on playground equipment height, with stricter standards for loose-fill surfaces (sand, pea gravel, crumb rubber, wood-based materials) above 9 feet.
Parents, teachers, and superintendents prefer Playground Grass synthetic turf over wood chips.
"With mulch we had constant splinters, and with other surfaces, constant burns and scrapes. We just don’t have that anymore."
"Parents would never send their kids to school in their nice clothes or shoes, because the pea gravel, mulch, and mud would destroy them!"
"We’ve had kids fall off, land on the turf, and be great. The safety of our new turf has had the most prominent impact."
Playground Grass promotes accessibility, safety, and fun for all children.
Playground Grass synthetic turf and wood chips are both considered ADA compliant surfacing materials. However, wood chips are considerably more difficult to navigate with a wheelchair than Playground Grass synthetic turf. And having fun just shouldn’t be difficult!
15′ Critical Fall Height
Playground Grass synthetic turf meets the 15-foot critical fall height on ASTM 1292.
8 x 8 Safety Surface Warranty
Unique to the industry, Playground Grass synthetic turf is guaranteed to meet ASTM 1292 standards for 8 years at 8 feet. This means that there’s no regular replenishing needed to keep the surface safe—unlike wood chips that must be maintained at a certain layer thickness to remain effective.
Schedule a no-cost Playground Grass consultation—and take your playground to the next level.
Interested in what Playground Grass synthetic turf can do for your playground? We’d love to help you find the right surfacing solution for your project. Contact us today to get more information, or to request a free consultation with the Playground Grass team.