To keep the numbers simple, we’ve based the following costs on a 30m2 garden. This is similar to the average garden size we carry out installations for.
Preparing Your Lawn and Subbase
Average cost — £430 *
There are a few costs that will be involved, regardless of whether you install the lawn yourself or hire experts.
If you choose to install your own lawn, skip hire will most likely be necessary as the turf from the existing lawn needs to be removed and disposed of professionally and responsibly. Skip hire will cost approximately £200-£250 for a small skip. If you use our professional installation service, you need not hire a skip because our team will take your old turf away in their vans and we will dispose of it responsibly.
Once the grass is removed you then need a suitable subbase. We use a crushed granite aggregate. The thickness varies depending on the drainage of your garden, but we recommend at least 25mm which equates to about £180 (1.5 ton for a 30m2 area).
The Cost of Installation
Average cost — £600 per day
We recommend using a specialist installer to ensure a level lawn with a high-quality finish.
For jobs up to 40m2, you can expect to be charged one day's labour to complete the project, which typically works out about the same price as the grass. In this case, the labour would be around £600. You can save this cost by installing the grass yourself; however, if you do you should expect the project to take a couple of days to complete. You might want to rent some tools to make the process simpler and relieve some of the labour.
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.
Cost - £1.00 (inc VAT)
You will need enough tape to span the length of the join and we sell it by the metre, so please consider how many joins you will be needing to make before ordering.
Cost - £6.50 (inc VAT)
Each tube covers 3 linear metres of artificial grass, so please consider this when ordering your new lawn.
Geotextile Weed Membrane
Cost - £1.00 (inc VAT) per square metre
This is an excellent underlayer addition to help control weed growth and we would certainly recommend it. Available in 4m width, please order the length accordingly if required.
Kiln Dried Sand Bag
Cost - £5.50 (inc VAT) per 20kg bag
You will also need to order kiln dried sand for infilling your new lawn. We recommend using about 5kg of sand per 1m2 of grass although this can vary depending on the grass product.
Cost - £24.00 (inc VAT) for 100 pins
You will also need 150mm steel pins around the perimeter of the lawn to fix it in place. These need to be fixed around the perimeter every 200mm, more so if you have dogs or children.
Artificial Grass and Lawn Installation - Total Cost
The total cost of preparing the lawn, purchasing quality artificial turf and installing it in a 30m2 garden would be between £1,700 - £1,900 depending on the access to the area and what the area is currently (natural grass, concrete etc). This normally equates to roughly £50 - £65 per m2 including VAT.
Depending on how you choose to install your artificial lawn, here’s a breakdown of estimated costs and quantities, for a 30m2 lawn:
|Activity ||Cost |
|Skip Hire (Small 4 yard skip) ||£220 |
|Crushed Granite aggregate (1.5 ton) ||£180 |
|Labour ||£600 |
|Artificial Grass (30m2 at £23.95 per m2, Assuming a 4x7.5m square shape with no joins ||£719 |
|Extras (30m2 geotextile 8 bags of kiln-dried sand & 110 Fixing Pins) ||£100 |
|Total ||£1,819 |
Artificial Grass Maintenance Cost
In short, there are no artificial grass maintenance costs. You don’t need to mow the lawn; in fact, all that's required is the odd brush down and an occasional wash. Over many years you might need to top up the sand and re-brush it in, but the costs will be negligible, and the leftovers from your 20kg bag will last you a few years.
Is Artificial Grass Worth The Initial Cost?
Artificial lawn comes with an upfront cost, but 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 from 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.
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