Artificial Grass/Turf Costs – Prices for Fake Grass

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How much does it cost to have artificial/fake grass installed in your garden?

What is a reasonable price to pay to have this product fitted and is it worth the cost?

Fake artificial grass carpet

Price Guide – Artificial (Fake) Grass Costs

We contacted several dozen companies to get a quote for a 50 sq metre fake lawn. This was for a fairly straight forward rectangular shaped rear garden.

We took an average of the quotes we received from landscape gardeners and specialist artificial lawn installers and have published them below. As you can see the average artificial grass cost is £68.00 per square metre.

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London AreaN/A£75.00 per m
South, SW and MidlandsN/A£70.00 per m
Outer Region and NorthN/A£60.00 per m

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Costs For Larger Areas

We did some additional research and found that artificial grass costs decrease on areas above 50 sq metres. The price can go down to around £50 per square metre for larger areas.

The smaller sized gardens tend to cost more on a per square metre basis.

We also found that unusual shapes tend to add to the cost, curves, in particular, can result in a higher quote. Presumably, this is due to the extra wastage.

Roll Sizes and Joints

Rolls of artificial grass usually come in 2 metre or 4 metre widths, lengths are up to 25 metres in a continuous roll can be purchased. Check with your supplier though as they are all different.

Where a joint is required, a special backing tape is used, this has adhesive on either side and is placed underneath the two sections that need to be joined. Extra care needs to be taken to ensure there are no unsightly gaps.

Pro Tip: Lay a weight such as a scaffold board over the joint to ensure the roll edges are pressed down onto the adhesive, this ensures correct adhesion.





Installation Tips

Artificial Grass CostsIn case you were considering laying your own artificial grass or if you wanted to keep an eye on your landscape gardeners, try these steps as a guide:

You will need: a shovel, wheelbarrow, brush/broom, rake, timber for edge fixings, kiln dried sand, weed proof mat, joining tape and adhesive, artificial grass, Stanley knife/cutter, hammer and nails.

  1. Strip out all old grass, weeds and vegetation etc.
  2. Install a timber board around the perimeter of the area (optional but recommended).
  3. Level the soil, rake out large stones and firm down.
  4. Apply a top layer of kiln dried sand and firm down
  5. Lay a weed proof mat over the sand (optional but recommended).
  6. Lay the artificial grass, ensure you don’t walk directly on the sand, keep feet on the carpet.
  7. Use tape and adhesive on all joints.
  8. Sprinkle kiln dried sand over the carpet to weight it down.
  9. Use pan headed nails to secure edge of carpet to the timber edgings (optional).

Below is an installation video, they use a thick underboard instead of a thin weedproof layer but otherwise the installation is standard:

Maintenance

While artificial grass does require some maintenance, it is considerably less than with real grass/turf. The artificial grass will require the occasional brush off to keep leaves and twigs from settling on the surface and compacting into a muddy surface layer.

You will also need to wash the surface with water occasionally, a hose and brush should do the trick.

A pressure washer should only be used on the lowest of settings. Using a high powered pressure washer can shift the sand under the grass or lift the artificial grass up altogether.

One of the biggest problems with this type of grass is mud/dirt collecting on the surface, if this isn’t cleared frequently, weeds can grow and the whole thing will look grubby and awful, brushing and the occasional wash is all that is needed to keep the artificial turf looking great.

Life Expectancy

Almost every website we looked at stated that the product is resistant to UV rays or “UV stable” but we think that after 10-15 years there will be some fading of the colour which is normal for any type of plastic.

Even with some fading and assuming average wear and tear, the product should still last 12-18 years before it needs to be replaced. The life expectancy will depend on the chosen product. The premium products have much thicker artificial grass, they don’t just look better but should also last longer.

Advantages/Disadvantages

Advantages:

  • Less maintenance
  • Easy to install
  • No wear and tear
  • Great for use on balconies and shaded areas where grass struggles to grow

Disadvantages:

  • Initial high cost to install
  • Not great for the environment as insects do not like the sand underneath.
  • It doesn’t feel real grass, although it’s probably not as rough as you may think

FAQs

Here are answers to the top most frequently asked questions:

Q: Is the artificial grass rough, does it graze skin?

A: Modern materials mean that the grass is soft on the skin.

Q: Can this product be laid DIY?

A: Yes it can, most manufacturers have installation guides on their websites.

Q: How long will it last?

A: 10 years for sports turf. Up to twice that long for domestic light use.

Q: Will pets be okay on artificial grass?

A: Yes, pets will be just fine on the grass, droppings are easy to pick up and the product can be washed with disinfectant if needed.

Q: Can artificial grass be installed on a slope?

A: On slopes less that 12 degrees it can be installed and walked on. For steeper slopes the sand underneath should be removed (as it can shift) and the grass should be pinned into the ground with long pan headed nails. For slopes over 15 degrees, the grass should not be walked on, just lay it for ornamental use only.

Q: Does artificial grass cost more than real grass?

A: Yes, it costs more. Check out this page for more information on real turf costs.

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