How Much Does Artificial Grass Cost to Install?

by Jason Lyons

Artificial grass or astroturf has grown in popularity over the last few years. It creates a high quality, very low maintenance lawn which is perfect for busy families with kids and pets.

While it’s more expensive than laying turf, many people decide it’s worth the extra upfront cost because;

  1. It saves money over the long term – there’s no need to buy, run or maintain a lawn mower and you won’t have to fork out for grass seed, lawn feed, moss killer, watering etc.
  2. It saves time – maintaining a grassed lawn to a high standard takes a lot of time (as well as knowledge). Fake grass is very low maintenance.

So how much does artificial grass cost to have installed?

This very much depends on the size of your garden, the type of artificial grass your choose and how much labour is involved.

However, an average price for the supply and installation of artificial grass is between £45 – £60 per square meter. So a 30m2 lawn would cost between £1,400 – £1,800.

In this article, I break down each individual cost so you know what you can expect to pay for a garden of your size.

How Much Does Fake Grass Cost?

fake grass sample
Image Credit: LazyLawn.co.uk
Type of Artificial GrassCost Per Square Meter
Budget£15 – £20
Mid-Range£20 – £25
Premium£25 – £30

Prices for fake grass are typically calculated by square meter and vary by quite a margin depending on the supplier, quality etc.

It’s never a good idea to buy cheap artificial grass. Of course, you’ll save money in the short term but it won’t look as good or last nearly as long. That said, there’s a difference between ‘budget’ and ‘cheap’.

When in comes to buying artificial turf, the saying ‘You get what you pay for’ is very true. Always buy the best you can afford.

Essential Extras

When it comes to installing an artificial lawn, the grass itself isn’t the only cost. There are a few sundry costs to consider. They’re not much but they need to factored in.

  • Jointing Tape – A roll typically covers three linear metres so consider how much you’ll need when planning your lawn.

    Approximate Cost: £1 per roll.
  • Jointing Adhesive – Again, each tube covers 3 linear metres so you’ll need to work out how much you need.

    Approximate Cost: £6 per tube.
  • Weed Membrane – Ideal for preventing weeds from growing through your new lawn. It comes in 4-metre width as standard. Order the length required for the job.

    Approximate Cost: £1 per square metre.
  • Kiln Dried Sand – You’ll need this for infilling your lawn.

    Approximate Cost: £5 for a 25kg bag.
  • Shockpad – Although it’s not technically ‘essential’ you should consider it, especially if you’re covering a children’s play area. Shockpad is a water-permeable underlay made from fused foam and provides springiness to the lawn as well. It’s sold in 0.90 x 2.25m (2.025 metre square) interlocking tiles. The thickness you choose will depend on how you use the area.

    Approximate Cost: £8 – £25 per square metre.

How Much Does it Cost to Install Fake Grass?

Like most jobs where labour is involved, this is what makes up the majority of the cost.

The current start of the area which needs to be covered with an artificial lawn will affect how many days the job will take.

Installing a fake lawn usually involves;

  1. Removing the old lawn, weeds or other organic growth
  2. Installing a sub-base / levelling the area
  3. Installing a weed membrane
  4. Installing the shockpad (if you’ve opted for it)
  5. Installing the fark grass

Landscape gardeners usually charge between £150 – £200 a day depending on the area of the country you’re in. Expect the price to be on the higher end if you’re in the south.

Some gardeners work with a labourer to speed up the job and you can expect to pay between £100 – £150 a day. Again, the price might vary.

So labour cost can add up to £250 – £300 a day.

Other Costs You Need to Consider

Like many landscape gardening gardening jobs, there are sometimes other costs you might need to factor in to the overall price.

These might include;

Skip Hire

If you have a lot of old turf and/or soil to get rid of, or if you’re removing other parts of your garden (such as an old patio or decking) to make way for fake grass, you’ll need to get rid of it.

Chances are then, you might need to hire a skip which could add £150 – £300 to the overall cost.

Sub Base

To create a stable, level surface you’ll need to install a 50mm sub-base.

In most cases, MOT Type 1 is perfect but if your garden suffers from poor drainage it’s recommended that you use 10mm – 12mm granit chippings.

On top of the sub-base, you’ll need a 25mm laying layer of granite dust.

Depending on the size of your lawn this might add £200 – £500+ to the bill.

Lawn Edging

If the area where you plan to lay an artificial lawn is edged by sleepers, block paving, steel edging etc, then you’ll be able to fix the grass to it.

However, if you don’t have an edge to fix the grass too, you’ll need to create one.

For square lawns, treated timber is best. However, if you want your lawn to have flowing or round edges, then a flexible steel edging solution like CoreEdge or EverEdge.

Depending on how big the lawn is, this could add an extra £50 – £300+

Three Ways to Reduce the Cost of Fake Grass Installation

There’s not getting around it, having an artificial lawn installed is expensive so anything you can do to reduce the cost is a good think.

Here are 3 ways you can reduce the cost;

1. Get Multiple Quotes

Prices between tradesmen can vary quite drastically so the first thing you should do it get multiple quotes.

I’ve personally saved as much as 40% of the cost by doing this and getting multiple quotes from local tradesmen is easy.

  1. Click the red ‘Get a Quote’ button below
  2. Fill in the form and explain what you need doing
  3. Interested tradesmen will get in touch and provide you with a quote
  4. Review their prices, feedback and choose the best tradesman

2. Negotiate the Price

I’ve often negotiated a price and saved an extra 5% or 10%.

That said, it very much depends on your skills as a negotiator but it’s definitely worth trying to haggle – especially if the job is a big one or if you plan to hire your tradesman for other work.

3. Tackle the Unskilled Work Yourself

If the area where you want an artificial lawn needs clearing, why not do that yourself before getting a quote?

Jobs like;

  • Digging up old turf
  • Removing soil
  • Clearing weeds and organic growth

Are very easy to do and don’t take any real skill, just time and work.

This could save you at least a days labour costs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Install Artificial Grass Myself?

If you’re practically minded and capable at DIY then yes.

That being said, artificial grass is expensive, especially when you plumb for a premium product.

If you’re not great at DIY or fully confident in your ability to do it, then you’re better off leaving it to the professionals.

How Long Does Artificial Grass Last?

As an average you can expect it to last for 10 – 15 years with some suppliers guaranteeing their products for up to 10 years.

Artificial turf is resistant to UV rays and so won’t fade and the pile shouldn’t flatten.

Expect it to last for at least 10 years.

Can I Lay Fake Grass Over An Old Patio?

It depends.

Provided the area is sound and level and there are no large gaps between in the concrete of between the paving slabs then a patio can provide an excellent base. All of the hard preparation work will have already been done.

However, if the area is subsiding or there are large cracks in the concrete or slabs, this will need to be fixed. It’s best to dig the area out and start from scratch.

Can I Lay Artificial Grass On Soil?

Laying artificial grass directly on top of soil is asking for trouble.

Over time, as the soil underneath your new lawn moves, your grass covering will stretch and sag.

You need to install a sub-base.

How Do I Clean & Maintain Fake Grass?

Cleaning and maintaining an astroturf lawn is easy.

You can either brush it or buy a specialised vacuum for artificial grass to keep the area free of leaves, dirt and other debris.

It’s especially important to keep it clean during the autumn when the trees start shedding their leaves.

You’ll also want to wash it with clean water every month or so.

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