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Live Plants and Turf To Be Used In Playground Fall Zones Again

Live plants and turf were not allowed to be used in fall zones in playgrounds until recently. Through new testing, certain live plants and turf  have shown that they meet fall zone requirements of the Australian Standard AS/NZ4422:1996.

Avoid compacted ground like this in playgrounds by using Living Soft Fall™

Plants that were grown in soft fall mulch had a min: Critical Fall Height of 3.4 meters and turf that was grown in Living Soft Fall had a critical fall height of 4 metres, which is far superior to industry standards, and requirements of the manufacturers of playground equipment.

Our children’s safety in playgrounds is of the utmost importance and has lead to high regulation of surrounding surfaces adjacent to playground equipment.

Up to this point in time, the only ones who have bothered to undertake the expensive testing to confirm whether those surfaces meet fall zone requirements has been non-green life technologies.

Let’s look at swings for example, for swings this has often meant that a surface must be safe for children to fall 2.2m.

Critical Fall Height reports (the results from recent research) prove that certain green life is safe and complies with the Australian Standard, which now allows green life to be used in playground surfacing.

The use of plants in playground surfacing has won a KidSafe award for Innovative Design Elements. Before this research the only products that met the standards were mulch, artificial turf, and an array of rubber type products.

Landscape Architects and Designers have really embraced the 202020 vision, which is: To Increase Green Space by 20% by 2020. Now that live plants and turf are allowed to be used in in play grounds again they have another tool to increase the percentage of green life in the landscape.

The obvious advantages of increased green life is the cooling of our cities, increased oxygen production, and the increase in health and wellbeing of people.

Green infrastructure enhances the healthiness, liveability and sustainability of urban environments.

There have been many studies around the world that confirm the benefits to humans of being in touch with nature, so  why have our children in playgrounds been ignored until now? …read more

Turf In Playgrounds Is Allowed Again

Now you can use turf in play grounds and it meets Australian soft fall standards.

Ozbreed has developed a new product called Living Soft Fall. It is a special underlay for turf that always meets soft fall standards even if the turf dies, and it has been tested and passed with flying colours.  So now playgrounds can choose real grass again.

Living Softfall - Ozbreed

Until now turf has been difficult to use in playgrounds… why?

The reason is twofold:

• Turf does not survive the wear and compaction in playground settings.

• Turf and the soil below it do not meet the fall attenuation requirements of playground standards.
The Solution

A new product called Living Soft Fall™  will help solve the problem of growing turf in soft fall areas. It is a growing
medium that has been tested and certified to meet playground surfacing requirements and soft fall standards.
Turf grown in this media was tested and passed, both when the turf was alive and dead, even when heavily compacted with a compacting machine.

The testing has shown that the media itself cannot compact, and even if the turf dies it will still meet soft fall regulations. Living Soft FallT™ and turf can be used in combination with other playground surfaces. E.g. under the swings and in extreme high wear areas, rubber products can be used.

Why use turf in playgrounds:

· Looks more natural than other surfaces · Is enticing to children

· Can now be safe to fall onto

The turf types tested and compliant with this system:

SAPPHIRE® Buffalo Turf ‘B12’ PBR is ideal up to 50% shade for wear areas. It also does well in full sun.

KENDA® Kikuyu Turf ‘KIK203’ PBR is ok for up to 15% shade, but is by far the hardest wearing turf. It has vigorous rhizomes and runners, and will quickly recover from wear. It’s what is used for race courses, football fields etc…

Nara™ Native Turf Zoysia ‘MAC03’ PBR is a low maintenance tough wearing turf, ideal for areas that require less mowing. It works well in up to 30% shade with wear. …read more


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