Using Synthetic Turf For Schoolyards

Increasingly schools are using synthetic turf to surface the schoolyards.  They are relatively maintenance free and do work out as a cost-effective alternative to natural surfaces due to the need for minimal manpower to keep it in shape. It would thus be relevant here to understand the more delicate issues with artificial turf and how to maximize their utility to the most extent.

Water requirements

The typical constituent of artificial turf being of man made fibers and fabric, it really does not need nourishment as such. But during the extreme heat buildup of the hot summers, a spray of water or mist of water would help tremendously to lower the temperature of the surface. This, in fact, helps micromanage the surface to a far more full extent than otherwise possible with natural surfaces most of the time.

Fire properties

Often when artificial materials like plastic are considered, it does tend to catch fire rather quickly.  Most artificial surfaces are laid on a bed of sand or of silicate substrate. This would act as a natural fire retardant and hence keep any flare-ups to within manageable limits. The chances of an uncontrolled blaze are to the least at most.

The silica substrate has the added advantage that it helps drain off the water as it accumulates on the surface. Thus the base forms a porous medium that is meant to clear off the water as it gathers and hence keeps the site clear of any puddles and water spots.

Vacuuming the turf

One of the hardest parts of keeping the turf clean is to vacuum it from time to time. This removes the debris that would have accumulated on the surface and helps fluff up the material on the surface. A good vacuum does ensure a sort of combing action that is bound to add an excellent presentation of the surface at all times.

Are turf and grass different in artificial surfaces?

It is a common mistake with folks to mistake grass with turf, when in fact they are two different materials all the time. The grass is typical with longer blades and has a tapered structure most of the time. Whereas the turf is more of an amorphous shaped material that tends to be short in size.

The big difference is when it comes to kitting out the people with the right cleats to take on the grass and turf. The artificial grass tends to need small spikes to provide the proper grip to the surface whereas the lawn takes to cleats that have specialized holds that can help grip the surface most of the time.


A lot of schoolyards are being done with artificial surfaces and for a good reason too. It is not only a better-looking option but the more hard wearing option as well. Most of the turfs and grass can take to a fair amount of rough treatment as has been seen in the past.

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