There are three aspects to calculating the cost of replacing your lawn with artificial turf:
1) Preparing your lawn
2) Purchasing artificial grass
3) The cost of installation
We go into more detail, dissecting the costs involved with installing artificial turf in our ‘How Much Does Artificial Grass Cost’ guide, but here’s an overview.
Preparing Your Lawn
We’ll cover the ins and outs of preparing your lawn for artificial turf when we discuss the installation process, but in terms of budget there are a couple of options. Either hire an expert to prepare your lawn for you or save money by doing it yourself.
There are a few costs that will be involved, regardless of which option you choose. Skip hire will most likely be necessary if you’re going to do a thorough job, and if you are taking grass out, you’ll need to replace it with soil to level the lawn before installation. Skip hire will cost approximately £220, and top soil can be bought for about £30 per tonne, for example.
To keep the numbers simple, we’ll base the following costs on a 10m2 garden, which is a little smaller than the average garden in the UK, but it’s pretty close.
Assuming it’s not possible to get a digger around to the garden, which in many cases it isn’t, it would likely take a team of two a day to clear the garden. You might find that the process could be completed quicker if your lawn is made up of ideal soil. However, in some cases, the soil can be particularly hard or full of stones, so the safer estimate is for a full day – which will cost you around £350 - £400.
As mentioned previously, you can save this cost by doing it yourself – but expect it to take longer than a couple of days, and you might still want to rent some tools to make the process a little easier.
Purchasing Artificial Grass
You can purchase cheap artificial grass for £10 per m2 or sometimes even less – but when you’re investing in artificial lawn, you don’t want cheap turf, you want cost-effective turf. You still need the artificial grass to be top quality, otherwise you’ll just find yourself having to purchase more to reinstall in a few years’ time.
You’re not likely to find quality artificial turf for much less than £15 per m2. For example, prices on our website start at £15.95 and go up to £25.95.
It’s not wise to make your purchasing decision based on price alone though; you need to ensure you choose the right artificial turf for your needs.
The Cost of Installation
Around 50% of people try to lay artificial lawn themselves, and there are some fantastic guides online that walk you through the process step by step.
We’d always recommend using a specialist installer to ensure that the result is a perfectly level lawn with a high-quality finish that will last for years and years.
Installation costs vary significantly, but in general they are between £30 and £60 per m2. So, for the 10m2 lawn we prepared earlier, the installation cost would typically be between £300 and £600.
This means that the total cost of preparing the lawn, purchasing quality artificial turf and installing it in a 10m2 garden would be between £1,000 and £1,500.
Depending on how you choose to install your artificial lawn, here’s a breakdown of estimated costs, based on a 10m2 lawn:
Skip Hire: £220
Top Soil: £30
Artificial Grass: £200
(at £20 per m2)
(at £45 per m2)
Total Cost: £1250
All these numbers are estimated and rely on a lot of assumptions, so should therefore be used as a very rough guide. Each case is completely different, so the best thing to do is to get a quote for a complete installation.