How to Style a Backyard Playground

One of the greatest joys of parenthood is watching children run and play with the carefree freedom only they know. 

A well-designed backyard playground offers this space for parent and child enjoyment, as well as for friends and their parents to join in. 

Still, with so many different types and styles of backyard playgrounds, figuring out what will be ideal for your home and family can be overwhelming. These tips orient you to your options. 

Backyard Playground Ideas

If you’re looking to create a unique backyard playground, here are tips to help you start brainstorming what it can look like.

Select a Theme 

You can scour the internet for different theme ideas. Pirate ships, yard games, whimsical fantasy, rustic nature are just a few you will find as you start researching options for your playground. There are many DIY backyard playground ideas on home publications and Pinterest. Your ideal vision may require some mix-and-match of different playground elements, but with some creativity, you can even create an outdoor wonderland complete with its own treehouse!

Design So the Playground Grows with Them 

If your kids are young, you may want to consider a play set that can “grow” with them. One option is to have just a few key permanent pieces (like a swing set), with some others that can be swapped out as the kids get bigger and older. Another option is to select different parts of the yard to accommodate different ages and stages. This arrangement allows all siblings to participate in parallel play. Kids can move through the yard as they grow as well.

Include Their Interests

If you have the next big soccer star or a little gymnast on your hands, consider ways you can include their interests in your backyard playground. You may be able to set up a small soccer field with artificial turf, or a trampoline. Whatever your kids’ hobbies are, the backyard can be a great place for them to practice.

Plan for the Materials You’ll Need

Manufacturers build playground equipment with many different materials. You can have plastic, wood, or metal materials for the playground itself. As far as the surrounding area, some families find dirt, turf, or wood chips work best, but for others, turf for playgrounds can create the safest space. 

 

 

Safety for Backyard Playgrounds

It’s incredibly important to have a safe, clean space for your little ones to play when they come home from school or activities. Playground turf for backyards provides the soft space for them to land as they jump from the swings or dive for a frisbee. With safe playground turf and materials, kids can get wild and parents can stay relaxed. 

When it comes to playground safety with artificial turf, some of the key things to know include:

  • Artificial turf is safe. Even if your kids end up face-planting during a backyard ball game, they won’t have any more damage than they would from natural grass. 
  • Artificial turf won’t pull up. If installed correctly, the seams should be invisible and your kid won’t twist their ankle running across the grass.
  • Artificial turf can be padded. If your kid does fall (because let’s face it, kids fall all the time), the padding under turf can help protect them from injury. 
  • Artificial turf can be cleaned. If kids spill or have an accident, turf can be easily cleaned up with water and a household cleaner as needed.
  • SYNPour can keep playgrounds safe. As a poured-in-place system for playground surfacing, SYNPour Surfacing for playgrounds adds safety and stability to playgrounds, including those in a backyard.

If you have ideas on how you want to create a backyard playground, SYNLawn Houston can help you identify the right turf or surfacing for your yard. We’ve helped homeowners create fun, functional spaces for the entire family. Call 832-494-8333 or fill out this form to get started. 

Get Inspiration For Your Project

Get a FREE Consultation

Recent Posts

playground built on artificial turf

How to Style a Backyard Playground

January 13, 2021

One of the greatest joys of parenthood is watching children run and play with the carefree freedom only they know.  A well-designed backyard playground offers this space for parent and child enjoyment, as well as for friends and their parents to join in.  Still, with so many different types and styles of backyard playgrounds, figuring…

residential artificial turf installation

How to Care for Your Artificial Turf During a Texas Winter

December 30, 2020

As winter is upon us, you may be considering how you need to change your yard work routine to help your plants, furniture, and turf survive the Texas winter weather. Extreme weather can cause damage to your yard if you aren’t careful. The good thing about artificial turf, though, is that it doesn’t need a…

residential lawn installation

4 Design Tips for Building an Outdoor Kitchen

December 16, 2020

In 2020, many people turned to their own backyards for entertainment and family time. We have all spent more time at home with our immediate household members.    Another strange side-effect: have you seen the lines in Home Depot?    Lockdown has also given us some time to think about or work on home renovation…