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Artificial grass is growing in popularity, largely because it provides a high quality, low maintenance lawn that is perfect for home, the office, children and pets. More and more people are deciding that the upfront cost is worth it for all of the resulting benefits. But how much does an artificial lawn cost to buy and install?

So, How Much Does Artificial Lawn Cost?

There are many types of artificial grass available with a range of costs; regardless of which you choose, it is important to make informed decisions before committing to the change. We've broken down all of the cost involved in buying and installing artificial lawns into the following sections:

  • Artificial grass cost 
  • Artificial grass installation cost
  • Artificial grass maintenance cost 

If you don't have the time to read this article, it concludes that the cost of buying and installing artificial grass for your lawn is approximately £45-60 per m2. For example a 30m2 lawn installation of artificial grass would cost in between £1,500 - £1,800, largely depending on the access to the area, the current substrate and the amount of waste you would get from the artificial grass. As a rule of thumb, you get a better price per square metre for larger installations but for very small gardens the installation cost has a minimum of about £800. 

We do recommend reading on to discover how that is broken down and where you might be able to save a little money on your artificial turf cost. 

Artificial Grass Cost

It probably doesn't need any explanation that the first cost associated with an artificial lawn is that of the grass itself. Artificial grass comes in a range of quality and therefore at a range of price points. We offer a number of types of artificial grass from budget to luxury options

Do you know what's more expensive than expensive artificial grass? Cheap artificial grass. 

We always advice people against opting for the cheapest artificial grass option. Whilst a more costly grass might appear more expensive in the sort term, in the long term it will need much less maintenance and will last much longer. Never sacrifice on quality in order to save a few pounds. 

Here's an idea of artificial turf costs,  you can opt to go much cheaper and sacrifice quality, or much more expensive, but this gives an overview of what you can expect to spend on artificial turf. We've included a few examples of the artificial grass in our range, if you'd like to see the whole range click here.

Artificial Grass Description Cost*
Luxury Lawn A top of the range, 40mm mixed pile that is one of the most realistic lawns on the market.  Four different colours interwoven into the grass results in a true to life finish. £25.95 
Landscape Lawn A mid-range option, an aesthetically pleasing grass. The 30mm two-tone pile has a natural and real feel to it £22.95
Easy Lawn  The lowest costing lawn in our range, the 25mm shorter pile features a three-tone colour mix for a quality yet affordable option. £15.95

*(inc VAT) per square metre

Artificial grass Installation Cost 

There are a number of costs involved in the installation of artificial grass, and whilst it is possible to handle the installation yourself (we've even put together an Installation Project Guide for you), we find that people get better results when they use installation experts. 

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.

Preparing Your Lawn

There are a few costs that will be involved, regardless of whether you install the lawn yourself or hire experts. 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.

You can probably expect to be charged one day's labour to compete the project, which will probably cost around £350 - £400. You can save this cost by installing the grass yourself, however if you do you should expect it to take longer than a couple of days, and you still might want to rent some tools to make the process simpler.

The Cost of Installation

We recommend using a specialist installer to ensure a level lawn with a high-quality finish.

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.

The (Essential) Extras For Artificial Lawns

They don't cost very much, but whether you're installing your lawn yourself or not you're going to have to pay for some essential extras.

Jointing tape – each roll covers 3 linear metres, so please consider how many joins you will be needing to make before ordering.

Cost - £0.90 (inc VAT)

Jointing adhesive - each tube covers 3 linear metres of artificial grass, so please consider this when ordering your new lawn.

Cost - £6.00 (inc VAT)

Geotextile Weed Membrane – this is an excellent under layer addition to help control weed growth. Available in 4m width, please order length accordingly if required.

Cost - £0.90 (inc VAT) per square metre

You will also need to order kiln dried sand for infilling your new lawn. You can buy a 20 kg bag for approximately £5.

Artificial Grass and Lawn Installation - Total Cost

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:

Activity  Cost 
Skip Hire £220
Top Soil (1 Tonne) £30
Labour £400
Artificial Grass (At £22.95 per m2) £230
Installation  £450
Extras £23
Total £1,323

Artificial Grass Maintenance Cost 

There's no need for a lawn mower for your artificial lawn, but most people assume there are a number of associated maintenance costs involved.

In short; there isn't. All that's required is the odd brush down and an occasional wash. Over the years you might need to top of the sand and re-brush it in, but the costs will be negligible, and if you keep the left over from your 20kg bag that'll last you a good few years. 

Is Artificial Grass Worth The Initial Cost?

Installing an artificial lawn comes with an upfront cost, and there are many benefits that come with having a fake lawn:

  • Less time spent maintaining the garden
  • A healthy, luscious lawn all year round
  • Money saved on water bills, by eliminating the need to water the garden
  • A safer place for children to play sport
  • A more pet friendly option
  • A practical way to prevent children bringing grass and mud into the house

Artificial grass is often much more affordable than people expect. Please give our team a call on 01474 364320 with any questions you might have and we will do everything we can to help.

We offer artificial grass and an installation service. Get a full quote for your installation here. 

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To maintain the highest standards of workmanship, we only use our own in-house installation teams. If you are outside our catchment area, we are happy to supply the same quality grasses and provide detailed instruction for DIY projects.

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