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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


Click  here to download the Living Softfall Brochure