In this article we will be breaking down the cost of installing and maintaining artificial grass when compared to real grass.
Bear in mind that there are various factors that can affect costs. For example, unusual shapes and lawns could cost more because of expensive off-cuts, and strangely enough, having a smaller garden might also end up costing more! Going for a cheap artificial grass might help to keep costs down, although this may mean you compromise on the look.
You’ll need to fit your artificial grass on a mesh or membrane, which will stop weeds growing up through your lawn. Similarly, you will need to ensure that your turf has proper drainage, as otherwise it will sit in pools on the surface.
There are many perks to hiring a professional to fit your artificial grass. A professional will have all of the necessary equipment, such as vibrating plate compactors, turf cutters and other smaller tools.
Average UK cost of a professional installing artificial grass:
|Surface||Artifical Grass Cost||Installation cost/m2||Total||Time|
|40m2||£599.60||£2400 - £3000||£2999.60 - £3599.60||1 day|
|50m2||£749.50||£3000-£3750||£3749.5 - £4499.50||1day|
|100m2||£1499||£6000-£7500||£7499 - £8999||2 - 3 days|
The average artificial grass fitting job is approximately 40sqm according to Elwin van der Stouw, Commerical Manager of Landscaping from our suppliers Condor Grass.
The minimum fitting time would be one day, but if your garden is as large as 100sqm, then be prepared for fitting to take around three days.
If you would prefer to try and save the money and lay the artificial grass yourself then it is important to consider all of the additional costs of buying or hiring the equipment – sit down and work out if it is actually going to be cheaper.
Equipment you need to fit artificial grass yourself:
|Lawn mower||£98 a day|
|Compaction tools||£29.99 each|
|Turntable truck||£44.99 each|
If you are considering installing your artificial grass yourself, then for a garden of 40 square meters, the cost will be :
Top tip: don’t forget your knee pads and gloves! Prices from National tool hire shops for weekly hire
There is no maintenance for artificial grass once it has been installed in your garden
Although artificial grass will include an upfront cost, the product will eventually pay for itself:
|A great low-maintenance alternative to natural grass, save water||Can be expensive; upfront costs of buying and installing|
|Hard-wearing, long-lasting and fade-resistant||Won’t feel as nice as real grass in the summer|
|Safe, hygienic and easy-to-clean, perfect for busy families and pet owners||Rainwater can sometimes end up sitting on the grass|
|No more pesticides which can be dangerous for the environment||Some might find the sweeping of debris annoying|
|Save money, time and effort: no more back issues||The most expensive grass will probably last a maximum of 25 years|
|Realistic-looking and soft underfoot – even cheap artificial grass looks a lot more realistic than it used to!||Keen gardeners will probably prefer natural grass|
|No more allergies and hayfever|
On average, artificial grass should last up to 20 – 25 years, although it will depend on the volume of traffic in the area. Your artificial grass won’t fade or flatten, as it resists dirt and UV rays effectively. Keep your artificial grass looking its best by lightly brushing your grass once a week to get rid of any leaves or twigs, clear up any spillage immediately so they don’t stain and apply weed killer twice a year to the whole area to prevent weeds growing.
Tempted to install artificial grass yourself? We have a handy artificial grass guide here!