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Artificial Grass Installation: Playgrounds Safety

Create a safe and fun environment for kids by placing Global Syn-Turf padding solutions underneath playground artificial grass. Stay up to date with the current safety standards by using GMax, a test that indicates surface hardness. Measuring impact-attenuation is a fundamental part of athletic field safety testing. For professional installations, choosing the right pad can save you a substantial amount of money, time, and provide optimal safety in the future.

Lawn pads for artificial grass playgrounds installation

Our lawn pads are 100% recyclable, free of rubber, lead, and heavy metals. It non-microbial and designed to perform for many years without deterioration, deformation, mold, or fungus growth. They also inhibit weed growth and prolong the lifespan of synthetic turf. Lawn pads are available in different thickness: 3/4", 1-1/4" and 2-1/8", comes in as 4'x6' sheets.

Shock pads for artificial grass installation, playgrounds safety pads

Shock pads help to prevent injuries and reduce the risk of physical traumas. While required for athletes and children, homeowners can also benefit from the feel of a smooth and delicate surface under their feet.

Related Questions


All the infills on today’s market is relatively safe to use for artificial grass installation. The infills are meant to provide extra weight and hold the turf down better and help the blades to stand up. In most cases, if the infills are applied properly, it will sink all the way to the very bottom of the turf, you will not be able to see or get contact with it unless you spread open the fibers and put your fingers into the turf. However, to be 100% safe, we will recommend the wonderfill product which is sands coated with antimicrobial agent to prevent bacteria and germs and is extremely safe for your kids. Here is the link for the details of wonderfill: Please feel free to call (877 796 8873) or email ([email protected]) us if you have any further questions, thank you.


All infills are fine for use with dogs, and the Zeofill should be considered as one of the best. However, regardless it is natural or not, we always would like the dog owners to be aware to not having dogs to eat or swallow any of infills. Please feel free to call (877 796 8873) or email us ([email protected]) if you have any further questions, thank you.


It is always recommended to use lawn pads under the turf for playground applications, especially for commercial playgrounds which require certain fall ratings. We carry different types of lawn pads which meets different fall ratings, for a 5’ fall, you will need to use 1-1/4” thick lawn pad, for an 8’ fall rating, 2-1/4” lawn pads will be needed. Any thinner thickness of either shock pads or lawn pads will not be sufficient to provide any fall ratings but only to provide cushioning. For residential applications, there is normally no specific fall rating requirements, and homeowners can go with or without lawn pad underpayments depending on the budgets. Other than lawn pads, all other accessories needed for a playground application will be the same as any other artificial grass installations. Please let us know if you have any other questions by phone: 877 796 8873, or email: [email protected] or filling out this only form:, thank you.


When it comes to the differences between shock pad and lawn pads, function and technical requirements are the key. For shock pad, it is only 8 mm thick, all it does is to provide extra cushioning feel for artificial grass or putting greens, and that is pretty much it. For lawn pads which come in with different thickness (3/4”, 1-1/4”, 2-1/4”), they are not only providing superior cushions, but also can satisfy the technical requirements of fall ratings (GMax). In general, the 1-1/4” lawn pads will meet the requirements of a 5’ fall rating and 2-1/4” pad can meet 8’ fall rating, stacking 3/4” pad on to 2-1/4” pad, you can achieve a fall rating of 12’! Hopefully this answers your question, please always feel free to let us know if you need further explanations or have any other questions by phone, email ([email protected]), or simply fill out this online form:


Technically, you can use any of our artificial grass product for your daycare application. I would like to know a bit more of the usage of the to be turfed area, are you plan to use the artificial grass for playground? General landscape or any other purposes? Knowing these details will help me to provide you with better recommendations. Please call or email us with the details, or simply fill out this online form so we can help you out better, thanks:


There are some pros and cons for each type of artificial grass when using it for playground applications. Here are my opinions: 

1. Using artificial grass with shorter blades: reality proves that shorter blade turf will be better for playgrounds due to heavy activities and usages.

2. Using artificial grass that can resist better on wear and tear.

3. It is a wrong expectation for grass that never will lay down, such expectation shouldn’t be for a playground turf. More importantly, regardless the turf will lay down or not given heavy traffics and usages, you want the fibers to be acting consistently.

4. Infills is needed not only for help to stabilize the artificial grass, but also increase the resilience of turf fibers while providing additional cushions. In order to easily blend in infills, lower weight (or less dense) turf is preferred.

By what said above, a lot of our products with face weight less than 60 oz will fit the bill. To learn more details about our products, please visit this link:

We are here to help by providing free consultations on our artificial grass products and installations, please feel to call or email us or fill out this online form if you have any further questions:


The process of installing artificial grass for a playground is pretty much the same as regular artificial grass lawn expect that all of the public playground projects require cushioning pads under the grass. Many residential playground applications don’t have lawn pads under the grass as no special rules or regulations apply, however, all public playgrounds will require the lawn pads to achieve fall ratings for public safety. Let’s look at this in two parts:

1. For general artificial grass installations which will also apply to playground, please check out this link for details:

2. To install the lawn pads under the artificial grass for a playground application, you won’t need any other special tools, but you will need to take consideration of the thickness of the pads while you are building your sub base. The following is a general reference:

1-1/4” pad can take a 5’ fall.

2-1/4” pad can take a 8’ fall.

If higher fall ratings needed, you will need to stack the pads together to achieve that. Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or this online form if you have any further questions:


Generally speaking, I can categorize artificial grass playgrounds as residential and public. Public playgrounds have strict requirements for fall ratings: from 5’ to 12’ or even higher which means people won’t get hurt if they fall from 5’ to 12’. In order to achieve such fall ratings while using artificial grass for public playgrounds, you will need to use lawn pads under the artificial grass to provide enough cushioning. Lawn pads come in as 3/4”, 1-1/4” and 2-1/4” in thickness. To achieve a 5’ fall rating, 1-1/4” thickness lawn pad is required. 2-1/4” thick lawn pad will provide a 8’ fall rating. In order to get higher fall ratings, multiple layers of lawn pads will be required. 

There are no specific requirements for residential playgrounds which in most cases s have multiple usages not only just for playgrounds but also as a regular lawn. In reality, not many people using lawn pads for residential playgrounds due to the cost concerns, cost of installing artificial grass playgrounds with lawn pads will be higher on both materials and installations. If budget permits, I personally recommend to use lawn pads for all playground artificial grass installations. As far as choice of artificial grasses to be used for playgrounds, depends on the frequencies of usage, people can use shorter grass for heavily used playgrounds and longer grass for less used playgrounds. We offer free consultations on all products and applications, please do not hesitated to contact us by phone, email or this online form:


UV testing on artificial grass is a very length process which is normally done at our factory. In order to achieve the results of having turf to withhold its color and integrity for 15 years, such product samples should be in a UV testing chamber for at least 4-6 month. We have multiple of such UV testing chambers in our factory, and we conduct UV testing on all of our products: We test every production run of yarns and every production run on finished product, I mean EVERY single product run will be tested! We have the most stringent and vigorous testing procedures in the entire industry to ensure our product qualities to be the simple best on the market. In such a UV testing chamber, accelerated UV to simulate the sunlight will be produced, also we set the environment of the chamber with other weather patterns such as fogs, moistures and rains on a preferred interval of time, so the results of testing on all our artificial grass product can be as close as to reality. Such thorough testing provide us a perfect trace on all the products out there should any problem occurs: we know exactly what production batch, the testing results, in turn to trace down the production lines finding about materials mix, crews working on such production and therefore to identify the cause of the problems and so to solve them. In another word, such UV testing will not only ensure our turf products’ top qualities but also a tool for ourselves to enhance our production and quality control process.

Please feel free to reach us via phone, email or this online form if you have any further questions or comments:


Painting on artificial grass won’t make it toxic as long as you use toxic free paint. As a matter of fact, painting on artificial grass is a very popular practice of the turf industry especially for sports fields. It can be very expensive to custom make or install the logos, color lines, letters and etc., painting such things on a all green articulations turf surface can be a great alternative with minimum costs. Also, you will have the flexibility to remove the paint once done to have flexibility on your turf designs. Artificial grass is made by plastic ingredients and none porous, simply have paint on them won’t hurt it, neither will make it toxic, again just please make sure to use none toxic paint for your project. We offer personal consultations on all questions or concerns you might have, please feel free to reach us via phone, email or this online form to get connected with one of our experts:


Our artificial grass is safe for all animals and human. We have to acknowledge that majority of homeowners’ artificial grass applications are for dogs, but it doesn’t mean the turf is not ideal for any other animals or pets. Given the fact of certain pets can be big and destructive, more secured installations might be necessary. Many people have different type of pets, I will recommend owners of pets other than dogs or cats to reach out to our experts for further instructions before making any commitments. When contacting us by phone, email or this online form:, please provide us with some details about your pets and your project, so we can better assist you on the best artificial grass choice along with installation instructions.


The answer to your question is: Absolutely yes! We are selling our artificial grass through our distributors and dealers network nationwide, and it is a perfect legal product and business. Please feel free to reach out to us via phone, email or this online form should you have any further questions or concerns:


Absolutely. Artificial grass will be a much better option for playgrounds. Playgrounds get used a lot and I will suggest you to discuss with us when selecting your product, my recommendation is always to go with artificial grass that is lower pile and more durable. More importantly, artificial grass surface needs to have meet certain fall ratings or in the industry's term: GMax. In order to achieve to certain fall ratings, you need to install padding underneath the grass: The pads come in different thicknesses, each thickness offers its own fall rating capacities. For an example, if you want to have a fall rating of 5' which means falling onto the surface from 5' won't get people hurt, the thickness of the pads needs to be 1-1/4", the higher the fall, the thicker of the pads needed. 

Again, playground applications can be complicated and please feel free to reach out to us for any further expert opinion and suggestions:


Our artificial grass consists of four major components: 

1. Straight fibers which are made of PE (Polyethylene).

2. Curled thatch is made of PP (Polypropylene).

3. Primary backing is made of PP (Polypropylene): this is a double layer "cloth" for artificial grass fibers to reside on.

4. Secondary backing which is made of PU (polyurethane): this is the glue to bind turf blades on the primary backing.

You will be able to find all of our turf testings on our product specification page, here is the link:

Once you are on this page, you need to click on the product you are interested in and all testings will pop up on the right of your screen. Please feel free to reach us if you have any other questions or comments.

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This a good question! Here are the main advantages of Pet Grass besides it is specially designed for pets:

1. Pet Turf has excellent drainage capacities, 2-4 times more than regular artificial grass which ensures dog urines drain through the turf quickly and completely.

2. We design Pet Turf to be shorter than regular artificial grass so make it easier to clean up any droppings and rinse off, also reduce the chances of dogs to chew or pull.

3. We use one of most durable fibers to make Pet Turf the strongest possible given the fact of your dogs play and do their business on it. 

There are more to it, but the above are the main advantages for our Pet Turf artificial grass. You can always feel free to reach us via phone, email or fill out the online form to get connected with one of our experts for your further questions or concerns:


Artificial grass is very durable and can be washed by any type of detergents that not abrasive. If you feel that simply using water is not going to do a thorough clean for your turf, I will suggest you to try with some mild detergent to see how the result will be, it regular mild detergent can do the job, you don't have to use more heavy duty type. Depending on the size of your artificial turf, I will always suggest you to use a garden hose, and get a hose attached bottle to fill with detergent, then simply spray! If you want to sanitize the turf or get rid of any smells, you can vinegar in the attached bottle and spray down the artificial grass! 

Please always feel free to reach us on any other concerns or questions you might have by phone, email or our online form:


Well, we don't make crumb rubber infills, nor we carry any crumb rubber products. We are the artificial grass manufacturer and not sure if and how crumb rubber infills is safe or harmful to be honest. We don't recommend to use crumb rubber infills unless independent testings been done to prove no harm. 

As far as sport fields, I know that people are using crumb rubber for infills to achieve GMax fall ratings (to provide enough cushioning so to minimize the chances of people getting hurt while playing on the artificial grass surface). Up until now, crumb rubber is still widely used in the sports fields. Again, we don't recommend it for our turf unless projects are spec'ed with crumb rubber infill, we will require all the independent testings done on such products to go inside our artificial grass surface before approving it.

For all of residential and commercial landscape applications, we do not recommend crumb rubbers for our artificial grass. If people needs more cushioning for their artificial lawns, we will recommend to use shock pads or lawn pads instead, here is the link for our padding products:


Yes, all our artificial grass products are lead free and comply with most strict regulations such as California Prop 65. We have all our products tested by independent labs and publish the testing results on our website, you can find the testing results along with lead free certifications under each product’s specification page. You can find the details by visiting this link:


We recommend you to use the rake design for turf, here is the link to the product:

However, if your local stores don't carry this particular product, no need to worry, we have found that most of the leave rakes will work on artificial turf if they work on real lawns. From the installation standpoint, you can always use any regular bristle wide push brooms as well. 


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