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Artificial Grass Cost: How Much Does Synthetic Turf Cost to Install at Your Home or Business?

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Artificial grass, also known as synthetic turf or fake grass, has become a popular choice for homeowners and businesses alike, seeking a low-maintenance alternative to natural grass. Whether you want to transform your backyard into a lush, green oasis or improve the aesthetics of a commercial property, understanding the cost of installing artificial grass is essential.

While researching for this article I discovered that just about every site ranking on the first few pages of Google has different metrics for artificial grass costs. To hopefully lessen any confusion, I’ve taken the cost metrics from the seven most prominent sites and simply averaged them out. The sites are Fixr, Angi, HomeAdvisor, Bob Vila, HomeGuide, Lawn Starter, and Lawn Love. We’ll be using the average cost metrics from these sites throughout this post.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the cost of artificial grass installation. We’ll explore the average expenses, factors affecting installation costs, financing options, maintenance considerations, and practical tips to help you make an informed decision. By the end of this guide, you should have a good idea of what to expect in terms of cost for your artificial grass installation.

Average Cost for Artificial Grass

Average Artificial Grass Cost

Artificial grass costs can vary significantly based on several factors, but let’s start with the basics. On average, homeowners can expect to pay between $6 and $18 per square foot for artificial grass installation, which includes the cost of materials and labor. However, it’s crucial to remember that this is just an average, and actual costs can differ based on a variety of factors. For instance, the quality of the artificial grass, geographic location, and the complexity of the installation all play a role in determining the final price.

National Average Cost$5,390
Low-End$1,926
High-End$13,436
Average Range$3,015 to $7,698
Artificial Grass Cost Per Square Foot

Artificial Grass Cost Per Square Foot

The cost per square foot is a fundamental metric for evaluating the expenses associated with artificial grass installation. It’s important to note that this cost typically covers both the materials and labor required for the project. The variation in cost per square foot can be attributed to factors such as the quality of the turf, location, and installation complexity. Higher-quality artificial grass tends to be more expensive, but it often comes with improved durability and a more natural appearance.

Understanding the cost per square foot is essential to grasp the financial implications of your artificial grass project. This metric combines the material and labor expenses associated with the installation. Premium artificial grass with features like a antimicrobial protection and pet-friendly drainage generally cost more per square foot compared to standard options.

Material Costs

Using the sites mentioned in the introduction, artificial grass costs averaged out to around $2.71 to $10 per square foot. To keep things simple, we’ll round the low-end up to $3 and call it $3 to $10 per square foot. If you’re buying artificial grass directly from a manufacturer or an online retailer, it doesn’t include the installation. Before any turf can be ordered, you’ll have to measure and calculate the square footage of the space you want to install it in. 

When measuring the area you’re planning to install artificial grass in, you should include “wastage.” Wastage is turf that’s cut away to fit around curves, edges, and obstacles. The general rule is to add 15% to the total square footage. If you’ve measured a space and calculated it to be 1,000 square feet, you’ll likely need around 1,150 sq. ft. of artificial grass.

Labor Costs

Installing artificial grass properly requires an experienced and professional crew of turf installers. The labor costs of installing artificial grass ranges from $2.74 to $7.71 per square foot. Again, for the sake of simplicity we’ll round that up to $3 to $8 per square foot, depending on the project size and amount of excavation needed. Generally, the more complicated and uneven the space is, the more you can expect to pay in labor costs.

ItemCost Per Square Foot
Artificial Grass$3 – $10
Labor$3 – $8
Total Cost$6 – $18

Taken together the material and labor costs of installing artificial grass range from $6 to $18 per square foot. That gives us an average of $12 per square foot to install synthetic grass, and that includes both materials and labor.

Breakdown of Factors Affecting Artificial Grass Installation Costs

Let’s explore in-depth the factors that can significantly affect artificial grass installation costs:

Artificial Grass Cost By Project Size

Project Size

The size of your project area has a direct impact on the overall cost. Larger areas tend to have a lower cost per square foot since fixed expenses, such as equipment setup and labor, are distributed more efficiently. For instance, a 2,000-square-foot backyard should have a lower cost per square foot than a 500-square-foot front yard.

It may help to see how much you can expect to pay for different-size installations. The table below provides an overview of turf installation costs for projects ranging from 200 sq. ft. to 5,000 sq. ft. 

Square FeetTotal Installation Cost
200$1,200 – $3,600
500$3,000 – $9,000
600$3,600 – $10,800
1,000$6,000 – $18,000
1,200$7,200 – $21,600
2,000$12,000 – $36,000
2,500$15,000 – $45,000
3,000$18,000 – $54,000
5,000$30,000 – $90,000
Site Preparation & Cleanup

Site Preparation & Cleanup Costs

Proper site preparation is critical to ensure a smooth and long-lasting artificial grass installation. If your existing lawn requires extensive leveling, debris removal, or grading, the additional labor and materials required can increase the project cost. Excavating your yard will help create a flat, level surface and according to HomeAdvisor, typically costs $50 to $200 per cubic yard. Your installation crew will also need to clean up when they’re done. This includes disposing of excavated dirt, rocks, grass, etc. and the cost ranges from $8 and $25 per cubic yard. If the organic material can stay on your property, the cost decreases to an average of $1 to $15 per cubic yard.

Shape of Lawn

The shape and layout of your lawn can impact installation costs. Irregular or complex designs necessitate more precise cutting and fitting of the artificial grass, increasing labor costs. A square or rectangular lawn is typically more straightforward to install than one with intricate curves and angles. This could add $1 to $3 per square foot to your overall labor costs. It will also influence the cost of materials, specifically the artificial grass as more curves and angles result in more wastage.

Project Type / Turf Application

The type of project and its location can also influence expenses. Residential installations generally cost less than commercial projects due to the scale and complexity of commercial properties. Another important aspect of a turf applications influence on project cost is the accessibility of the project site. 

For projects that don’t necessitate installing a sub-base, like on a deck, patio, or pool surround you would logically pay less because there’s less prep work required. Alternatively, building a large putting green with several holes, sand traps, and undulations will necessitate a lot of work to construct the base. As you might expect, the additional work, material, and complexity of the project will increase the cost significantly. Talk to your professional turf installer about where you would like your turf and discuss how this may affect material and labor costs. 

Base Material

Base Material

The choice of base material is crucial to the stability and longevity of your artificial grass lawn. It acts as the foundation of your artificial grass installation and needs to be permeable enough to allow water and dog urine to pass through and into the soil beneath. Common options include class II road base, crushed miscellaneous base (CMB), and decomposed granite. The base material with the most efficient drainage properties is decomposed granite, which will cost around $0.30 to $0.70 per square foot.

Infill Material

Infill Material

Infill materials, such as silica sand, provide support for the artificial grass blades and help maintain its shape and resilience. The type and quantity of infill required depend on factors like the intended use of the lawn and local climate. The most common type of infill material is silica sand, which typically ranges in cost from $0.25 to $1.75 per square foot. Specialized infill materials with features like cooling, anti-odor, antimicrobial protection will cost more.

Blade Shape

Artificial grass fibers or blades come in a surprising variety of shapes that offer certain features and affect the appearance and comfort of the lawn. Premium artificial grass with more realistic blade shapes may come at a higher cost than basic options. You can expect to spend more on highly-durable, heat-resistant blade types (like “W”-shaped blades) than you would on softer, less durable blades (like “S”-shaped blades).

Turf Backing

Once installed, artificial grass needs to be able to drain water quickly and efficiently to prevent water from pooling. In general, there are two types of “backing” that you’ll come across when researching or shopping for synthetic grass: hole-punched and fully-permeable. You may also encounter a rubber backing on some putting green turf products, but drainage isn’t a major concern with backyard putting greens.

Hole-Punched Backing

As the name implies, hole-punched backing is literally small holes spaced 4” to 6” apart that are punched through the backing during the manufacturing process. This is the most common type of backing found on turf products and drains water at a rate of around 30+ inches per hour. Hole-punched turf backings are a time-tested and reliable means of efficiently draining water from your lawn. 

It is not recommended if you have or plan on getting a dog. With a hole-punch backing, dog urine needs to reach a hole in oder to drain into the sub-base below. Otherwise it can settle in the spaces between holes, resulting in a buildup of odor and bacteria.

Fully-Permeable Backing

A fully-permeable backing, sometimes called “flow-through” is a more modern means of facilitating drainage on pet-friendly installations. Being 100% permeable, water and dog urine can pass through any point in the backing and into the sub-base below. This edge-to-edge drainage helps to prevent the buildup of odors and bacteria. Turf products with a fully-permeable backing are typically designed with pets in mind. This usually means that you’ll pay more for pet-friendly turf products.

Turf Brand

Turf Brand

The brand of artificial grass you choose can significantly impact the cost. High-end brands often command a premium price due to their reputation for quality and durability. For example, a well-known turf manufacturer like SYNLawn may cost more per square foot than a lesser-known competitor.

BrandAverage Cost Per Square Foot
AstroTurf$1.75 – $7.50
PreGra$2.50 – $4.00
Perfect Turf$4.00 – $5.00
ForeverLawn$4.50 – $9.50
K-9 Grass$4.50 – $9.50
SYNLawn$5.50 – $7.50
ProGreen$4.50 – $11.50
Mega Grass$3.50 – $5.00
Everlast Turf$1.99 – $5.00
EnvyLawn$3.70 – $7.00
Turf Material

Turf Material

Artificial grass is typically made from one of three materials: polyethylene, polypropylene, or nylon. Each material has its own characteristics and cost considerations. 

Polyethylene

Polyethylene is the most commonly used material in artificial grass products. This is due to its durability, aesthetics, realistic appearance. It does not absorb water and is resistant to pet odors. However, it has a low melting point (221° – 239° F) and is susceptible to damage from the sun. Quality turf products are equipped with UV stabilizers to help prevent premature product degradation. Polyethylene turf products will typically range from $2 to $6 per square foot.

Polypropylene

Polypropylene is the least expensive material and also the least durable. It has a melting point of 320° – 331° F and is susceptible to damage from the sun. The thin fibers and overall softness of the material make it a popular choice for the “Thatch” fibers found on most turf products. It doesn’t hold up to high traffic at tall pile heights as well as the other materials do. Polypropylene turf products will typically range from $2 to $4 per square foot.

Nylon

Nylon is the strongest, springiest, most sun-resistant material available with a melting point of 514°F, and is also the most expensive.  Perfect for high-traffic areas, nylon requires the least maintenance. Nylon is most commonly used in putting green turf products and on sports fields. It absorbs more liquid than the other materials, making it prone to staining and odors from pet urine. It can also cause “turf burn” injuries because it’s stiffer than other materials. Nylon turf products will typically range from $5 to $6 per square foot.

The table below shows the range of pricing per square foot of each of the three materials.

MaterialCost Per Square Foot (Materials Only)
Polypropylene$2 – $4
Polyethylene$2 – $6
Nylon$5 – $6
Geographic Location

Geographic Location

Your location may impact the price you’ll pay to install synthetic grass. For example, more urban areas like Boston, where grass and turf are not as common, may cost more, as will places like Minneapolis, where real grass is the more common choice for homeowners.

LocationAverage Cost
San Francisco$5,300
Denver$4,500
Dallas$5,500
Minneapolis$6,900
Detroit$4,500
Atlanta$5,500
Philadelphia$2,300
Boston$7,200
Cost of Common Installation Extras

Cost of Common Installation Extras

In addition to the fundamental costs of artificial grass installation, there are several common extras that can impact the overall expense of your project:

Grass Removal

If you have existing natural grass that needs to be removed, you should factor in the cost of grass removal. The extent of this cost depends on the size of the area and the method used for removal. In general, you can expect to pay between $1 and $2.75 per square foot to remove the grass and dirt excavated during pre-installation site prep.

Tree Removal

The presence of trees or large roots in the installation area may necessitate tree removal or root pruning. The cost of tree removal can vary widely depending on the size, location, tree species, and accessibility of the trees. On average, tree removal costs between $200 and $2,000 or more per tree.

Irrigation

Installing or modifying irrigation systems to accommodate the new artificial grass is not required. Artificial grass doesn’t need to be watered. That said, you’ll probably want to wash it, especially if you have pets that will use the turf as a bathroom. Aside from that, you’ll need to wash away normal dust, dirt, and droppings from other animals, too. You can use a hose or power washer, or you can include sprinkler system cost in your budget. The cost of irrigation work will depend on factors such as the complexity of the system and the size of the lawn. A basic irrigation system installation can cost between $1,600 and $3,600.

Drainage

Proper drainage is crucial to prevent water pooling or flooding on your artificial grass lawn. Drainage solutions such as French drains or subsurface drainage can add to the project cost. The cost of drainage varies based on the specific requirements of your site and the simplicity or complexity of the drainage system. The cost of a drainage system typically ranges from $100 to $2,000 or more.

Weed Barrier

To prevent weed growth through the artificial grass, you may want to install a weed barrier fabric beneath the turf. Do not opt for weed fabric if you have pets that will use the turf as a bathroom. The fabric will absorb dog urine and become quite unpleasant smelling. The cost of weed barrier material and installation can range from $0.40 to $0.80 per square foot.

Edging

Edging is used to define the boundaries of your artificial grass area, contain your base material, and provide stability. It also helps to secure the turf in place, preventing any movement or shifting. The cost of landscape edging depends on factors like the type of material, and the length and height required. On average, you can expect to spend anywhere from $2 to $10 per linear foot for plastic edging (a.k.a. Bender board) and $5 to $20 per linear foot for metal edging.

Shock Pad

A shock pad can be added beneath the artificial grass to provide extra cushioning and comfort, making it particularly suitable for sports fields or playgrounds. While a shock pad is optional, it can enhance the safety and comfort of the artificial grass surface. Shock pad costs vary depending on the thickness of the pad and the material. On average, shock pads can increase the cost by around $1 to $2 per square foot. For a 1,000-square-foot lawn, that’s an additional $1,000 to $2,000.

DIY vs. Professional Installation

DIY vs. Professional Installation

Deciding between DIY installation and hiring a professional installer is a significant choice that will impact your project’s cost and outcome. It’s certainly tempting to opt for the DIY route and save thousands of dollars on labor costs by simply doing the work yourself. However, it’s easier said than done and it’s not that hard to really screw up an installation project.

DIY Installation

DIY installation offers potential cost savings since you won’t incur labor expenses. However, it requires a certain level of skill, time, and dedication to ensure a successful outcome. It’s a viable option for those with landscaping experience and smaller projects, such as a modest backyard or patio. Keep in mind that DIY projects may not qualify for warranties offered by professional installers, so it’s essential to be confident in your abilities. You’ll need to work with an artificial turf supplier to acquire most of the materials needed for an installation.

Tools & MaterialsPrice
Sod Cutter Rental$110 / Day
Plate Compactor Rental$110 / Day
Laser Level Rental$65
Shovel$30
Wheelbarrow$130
Metal Rake$60
Landscaping Staples$25
Hammer$20
Turf Cutter$15
Tape Measure$20
Edging Stakes$35
Seaming Tape$25
Seam Glue$50
Pry Bar$20
Power Broom$300
Total$1,015

Hiring a Professional Installer

Professional turf installers bring expertise, specialized equipment, and experience to your artificial grass project. They ensure proper site preparation, drainage, and infill distribution, which are critical for a long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing lawn. While professional installation comes at a higher upfront cost, it often provides peace of mind and warranties on workmanship.

DIY vs. Hiring a Professional Installer

One of the biggest obstacles to DIY turf installations is the tools and equipment required to do it properly. Acquiring the necessary tools and materials will cost upwards of $1,015+, plus the cost of your artificial grass, base material, and infill. 

Hiring a local turf installer, labor will cost from $3 to $8 per square foot. Depending on the size and shape of your yard, you could save a significant amount by opting to DIY. That said, you’ll only save money if you execute the installation properly. Any mistakes made during the installation may lead to costly repairs or the entire installation needing to be redone. 

To determine which installation method is right for you, consider the following:

  • Project Size: Smaller projects are more feasible for DIY enthusiasts who want to save on labor costs. For larger projects, the labor savings of DIY may be outweighed by the time and effort required.
  • Skill Level: Assess your own landscaping skills and knowledge honestly. DIY installation demands a good understanding of landscaping principles and the ability to follow installation guidelines precisely.
  • Time: DIY projects typically take longer to complete compared to professional installations. Consider whether your schedule allows for a longer project timeline.
  • Warranty: Professional installers often provide warranties on their workmanship, giving you added protection and peace of mind.
  • Long-term Results: Professional installations are more likely to yield lasting results due to the expertise and experience of installers.
Installation Cost Comparison_ Artificial Grass vs. Sod

Installation Cost Comparison: Artificial Grass vs. Sod

The most common objection to artificial grass is the installation cost. It certainly isn’t cheap, but should be viewed as an investment that will save you money through reduced maintenance expenses. It’s a lot easier to see the rationale behind synthetic turf when viewing the maintenance costs over time side-by-side with natural grass sod. 

Artificial Grass Installation Cost

First, we’ll compare the installation costs of artificial grass vs. sod on a 1,000 square foot lawn. As established at the beginning of this post, Installing artificial grass will cost on average $12 per square foot

$12 Avg. for Artificial Grass x 1,000 sq. ft. = $12,000

Sod Installation Cost

According to HomeGuide, resodding a lawn ranges from $1.50 to $4 per square foot. For the purposes of this example, we’ll use the low-end of that range. Let’s say that installing sod on our hypothetical 1,000 sq. ft. lawn will cost $1.50 per square foot.

To have the best chance of thriving, newly installed sod is going to need a lot of water every day. The day it is planted it will need at least an inch of water per square foot, which adds up to 620 gallons. Over the next two weeks or until it’s taken root, it will need daily ¼-inch waterings. This works out to be around 2,804 gallons of water for a 1,000-square-foot yard, or $10.50. We’ll include an sprinkler system as well, which as mentioned earlier typically costs between $1,600 and $3,000. Taken together, the cost of installing 1,000 square feet of sod, a sprinkler system, and water usage during the establishment period will look like this:

$1,500 for sod + $1,600 for sprinkler system +$10.50 for water = $3,110.50 total

This is a very generic, middle-of-the-road estimate for installing sod. The total cost of installing a sprinkler system and sod grass lawn will be influenced by:

  • Size of Lawn
  • Type of Sod
  • Prep Work
  • DIY vs. Professional 
  • Number & Type of Sprinkler Heads
  • Complexity of Sprinkler System
Artificial GrassSod
Installation (1,000 Sq. Ft)$12,000 @ $12 / sq. ft.$1,500 @ $1.50 /sq. ft.
Sprinkler System$0$1,600
Water (During Establishment Period)$0$10.50
Total Installation Cost$12,000$3,110.50
Maintenance Costs & Considerations

Maintenance Costs & Considerations

While artificial grass is renowned for its low maintenance requirements compared to natural grass, it’s not entirely maintenance-free. Consider these maintenance costs and considerations:

  • Cleaning: Occasional cleaning to remove debris, dust, and stains may be necessary. Depending on the size of your lawn, you may need to invest in a leaf blower or a power broom for more substantial cleaning tasks.
  • Brushing: Brushing the artificial grass fibers to maintain their upright position can help preserve the lawn’s appearance. A stiff-bristle brush or power brush is typically used for this purpose.
  • Repairs: Over time, artificial grass may develop wear and tear, especially in high-traffic areas. Repairing damaged sections may involve patching or replacing affected turf. Costs for repairs can vary based on the extent of the damage.
  • Replacing Infill: Infill material can compact and settle over time, reducing its effectiveness. Periodically replenishing the infill may be necessary to maintain the lawn’s performance. Costs for infill replacement depend on the type of infill used and the size of the lawn.

The cumulative cost of artificial grass maintenance is relatively modest compared to the ongoing expenses associated with natural grass lawns, such as mowing, watering, and fertilizing.

Artificial Grass Maintenance Costs

Here’s a breakdown of the annual costs to maintain a 1,000 square-foot artificial grass lawn over a 25-year period.

  • Power Brushing: $175 
  • Spraying w/ Hose: $6 a month (0.25 inches bi-weekly) = $72 annually
  • Infill Replenishing: $100 minimum (annually)
  • Total Annual Maintenance Cost: $347
  • 5-Year Total Maintenance Cost: $1,735
  • 15-Year Total Maintenance Cost: $5,205
  • 25-Year Total Maintenance Cost: $8,675

Natural Grass Maintenance Costs

The average American homeowner spends 70 hours (almost 9 workdays) per year on lawn maintenance. Most natural grass lawns need to be cut weekly for at least 6 months out of the year. According to LawnStarter, lawn mowing prices range from $29 to $65 per visit for mowing and edging. We’ll split the difference and use a price of $47 per visit, which means an annual cost of $1,222 for mowing and edging.

There are a number of other costs associated with maintaining natural grass lawns. Below, you’ll find the cost ranges for common annual maintenance tasks for natural grass, according to LawnLove.com:

  • Mowing & Edging: $1,222 annually ($47 per week for 6 months)
  • Spring & Fall Cleanup: $175 – $375 ($275 Avg.)
  • Fertilizing: $120 – $480 ($335 Avg.)
  • Aeration: $75 – $225 ($145 Avg.)
  • Weed Abatement: $65 – $170 ($110 Avg.)
  • Sprinkler Repair: $180
  • Leaf Cleanup: $155 –  $460 ($280 Avg.)
  • Watering: $567 (based on 623 gallons per week for 1,000 sq. ft. for 6 months)
  • Total Annual Cost: $3,114
  • 5 Years Total Maintenance Cost: $15,570
  • 15 Years Total Maintenance Cost: $46,710
  • 25 Years Total Maintenance Cost: $77,850
Comparing Installation & Maintenance Costs

Comparing Installation & Maintenance Costs

As mentioned above the biggest cost with artificial grass is upfront for the installation. As you can see in the section above, the cost of maintaining an artificial lawn is quite low. Natural grass is much cheaper to install but is costly to maintain. 

The table below shows a side-by-side comparison of the installation and maintenance costs of artificial grass vs. natural grass.

Artificial GrassNatural Grass (Sod)
Installation (1,000 Sq. Ft)$12,000$3,110.50
Maintenance (Annual Cost)$347$3,114
1-Year Total Cost$12,347$6,224.50
5-Year Total Cost$13,735$18,680.50
15-Year Total Cost$17,210$49,820.50
25-Year Total Cost$20,675$80,960.50

Return on Investment (ROI)

According to the costs in the table above, you’ll see an ROI in under 4 years. The table also doesn’t take into account the possibility that you’ll need to have natural grass sod installed or resodded multiple times over the years. Alternatively, artificial grass lasts 15 – 25+ years when properly installed and cared for. That means you’ll be able to enjoy the time, money, water, and energy savings for a decade or two!

Financing Artificial Grass

Financing Artificial Grass

If the upfront cost of artificial grass installation is a concern, several financing options are available:

Financing Options

Home Improvement Loans: Personal loans or home equity loans can be used to fund your artificial grass project. Interest rates and terms vary depending on your creditworthiness and the lender.

Credit Cards: Some homeowners use credit cards with promotional financing offers, such as 0% APR for a specified period. Be sure to pay off the balance within the promotional period to avoid high-interest charges.

Vendor Financing: Some artificial grass companies offer financing options with favorable terms, allowing you to spread the cost of installation over time.

Pros & Cons of Financing

Pros:

  • Allows you to spread the cost over time, making the project more manageable for your budget.
  • May provide flexibility in choosing higher-quality materials or additional features.
  • Interest rates for home improvement loans can be competitive, especially with good credit.

Cons:

  • Interest charges can increase the overall cost of the project. Be sure to understand the interest rate and the total cost of financing.
  • Monthly payments are required, which can impact your budget. Ensure that you can comfortably manage these payments.
  • Qualification criteria vary among lenders, so your credit history and financial situation may affect your eligibility.

Smart Financing Tips

To make the most of financing for your artificial grass project, consider the following tips:

  • Compare Interest Rates: Shop around and compare interest rates and terms from different lenders to find the most favorable financing option.
  • Calculate the Total Cost: Determine the total cost of financing, including interest, to ensure it fits within your budget.
  • Assess Monthly Payments: Before committing to financing, assess whether your monthly budget can accommodate loan payments comfortably.
  • Align with Financial Goals: Consider how financing fits into your overall financial goals and whether it supports your long-term financial health.
Tips for Saving on Artificial Grass Installation Costs

Tips for Saving on Artificial Grass Installation Costs

To optimize your budget for artificial grass installation, consider these cost-saving strategies:

1. Obtain Multiple Quotes

Request quotes from several reputable installers to compare prices and find the best value for your project. You may even be able to get installers to bid against each other, further lowering the cost.

2. Choose Materials Wisely

Select a turf product and brand that aligns with your budget and project requirements. Remember that the most expensive option isn’t always the best artificial grass for your specific needs. If you have a low foot traffic area, there’s no need to have the most expensive turf installed when a less expensive option will work just as well.

3. Do the Prep Work Yourself

Proper site preparation is crucial to a successful installation. It’s also the most labor-intensive aspect of installing synthetic grass. You may be able to reduce the labor costs by as much as $3 to $5 per square foot by doing it yourself.

Some prep work you can handle yourself:

  • Clearing the top 2 inches of soil
  • Taking care of existing weeds and laying weed-control membranes
  • Adding base material and compacting it to create an even surface
  • Removing any roots, shrubs, trees, or stumps that are in the way

Be sure to communicate with your installer to make sure you’re prepping in the right way. The last thing you want to do is spend hours prepping your yard to install artificial turf, only to discover that you’ve prepped incorrectly.

Wrapping Up Our Comprehensive Guide to Artificial Grass Costs

Wrapping Up Our Comprehensive Guide to Artificial Grass Costs

Understanding the cost of artificial grass installation is essential for anyone considering it for their home, business or organization. The total expense is influenced by a multitude of factors, including project size, site preparation, material quality, and optional extras. Choosing between DIY and professional installation is a critical decision that involves assessing your skills, time, and long-term goals.

While artificial grass maintenance costs are relatively low compared to natural grass, it’s important to budget for occasional cleaning, brushing, repairs, and infill replacement. Financing options can make artificial grass installation more accessible, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, low-maintenance lawn without a significant upfront expense.

If you are ready to get started on your artificial grass journey, we recommend you explore our website a bit. There are a lot of specifics to understand about artificial grass. We want to provide you with information and resources to educate yourself on the many features and options available.

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FAQ

FAQ

Is Artificial Grass Cheaper Than Natural Grass?

Artificial grass may have a higher upfront cost than natural grass, but it often proves to be more cost-effective over time due to reduced maintenance expenses, including water, mowing, and fertilization costs.

How Long Does Artificial Grass Last?

High-quality artificial grass can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years or more, depending on factors like usage, climate, and maintenance. Choosing a reputable brand and ensuring proper installation can extend its lifespan.

How Do I Maintain Artificial Grass?

Maintaining artificial grass is relatively simple. Regularly remove debris, clean stains as needed, brush the fibers to keep them upright, and address any damage promptly. Periodically replenish infill material if necessary.

Is Artificial Grass Worth the Money?

Yes, for home and business owners throughout the country consider artificial grass to be well worth the investment. The benefits of artificial grass are too numerous to list here, but we’ll touch on a few. It looks perfect year-round, doesn’t need to be watered, is 100% safe for kids and pets, doesn’t require chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and so much more.

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Images can have a maximum file size of 1 MB. Should you need to compress your images, no problem! Here’s a free tool with super simple instructions.

  1. Open Squoosh.
  2. Upload an image.
  3. Choose WebP from the dropdown.
  4. Download your optimized image.
Guidelines & Tips
Image Clarity

Cover and Gallery images should be no smaller than 1920 x 1080 px for the best clarity, and the subject matter should be as centered as possible to avoid being cut off at the edges.

Image Size Limits

Images can have a maximum file size of 1 MB. Should you need to compress your images, no problem! Here’s a free tool with super simple instructions.

  1. Open Squoosh.
  2. Upload an image.
  3. Choose WebP from the dropdown.
  4. Download your optimized image.