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    Want to know how much it costs to install fake grass? In this article we look at the artificial grass prices for different grades of material and the cost to hire a tradesman to lay the artificial turf.

    Average Cost of Artificial Grass:

    Depending on the complexity of the job, it usually takes: 2 days

    £2000

    How Much Does it Cost to Install Artificial Grass?

    How much to install artificial grass on your property? Well, average costs can vary depending on the size of your garden and the type of grass chosen to install. The price for a small garden (measuring approximately 12m by 3m) would begin at around £400 and can increase to £1,500. This price does include material and labour costs.

    For the average sized UK garden (of around 70m²) the prices begin at around £800 and increase to just over £3,500. The size of your garden, intended use, and the quality of the artificial grass chosen will all affect the final price.

    Labour costs will also affect the final budget required; however, this will vary with the length of time installation takes, as the majority of grasses are installed following the same method.

    Artificial Grass Prices

    Basic Artificial Grass Prices

    If on a fixed-budget, basic quality artificial grass is the cheapest and most cost-effective choice. Starting prices for basic versions of artificial grass begin as low as £5 per m² and can increase to £9.99 per m², dependant on the thickness of the weave and level of realism required.

    As a result, for a standard small garden measuring around 40m², with fitting, the material alone will cost around £200 - £400 and once labour costs were included would amount to around £300 - £500. Also fitting artificial grass within a small 40m² garden should only take a single day to complete.

    Medium Quality Artificial Grass Prices

    The most commonly purchased style of artificial grass is the medium quality. The price for medium quality begins at around £9.99 per m² and increases to £19.99 per m², dependant on the realism required, thickness of the weave, and the materials used in construction of the chosen style.

    For example, a standard UK garden measuring 70m², including fitting, would cost around £700 - £1,400 for the materials, and increase to around £900 - £1,600 with labour costs. The average time for this type of installation will usually take around 2 days to complete.

    Premium Quality Artificial Grass Prices

    Premium is one of the best quality and long-lasting styles available on the market. Providing an extremely realistic look and feel, with nearly zero of the downside real grass comes with: Premium is the recommended choice for a great looking and long-lasting alternative to real grass.

    Premium artificial grass prices begin at around only £29.99 per m² increase to around £39.99 per m², dependant on the realism required, length of the grass required, thickness of the weave, materials used in construction, and intended use for the final product.

    For example, laying premium artificial grass in a standard medium sized garden (70m²), the material alone will cost around £2,000 - £2,800 and once the cost of fitting is added would usually be £2,500 - £3,200. The average time for the installation will usually take around 2 days to complete.

    Elite Quality Artificial Grass Prices

    The highest quality artificial grass on the market is known as Elite. Much as the name suggests it has no rival when it comes to the realistic appearance and feel.

    Elite quality grass is often confused with real grass and only on extremely close inspection can be identified as artificial, even by the sharpest eyes. However, with the extremely high level of quality comes a price tag to match, often beginning at around £49.99 per m² and increasing upwards of £99.99 per m².

    There are a wide range of different styles within the elite bracket, with almost every species of real grass having an artificial version available. The material costs alone for an average size (70m²) garden will costs around £3,500 - £7,000 and once fitting costs are included will usually increase to around £3,800 - £7,300. The average time for the installation will, like most of the other style, usually take around 2 days to complete.

    With all the costs included the biggest two factors that will affect your home extension cost are the number of square meters and the quality of the finish.

    Job description Duration Material costs Labour costs Total costs
    Small Garden (40m²) with Basic Artificial Grass 1 day £200 £100 £300
    Small Garden (40m²) with Medium Artificial Grass 1 day £600 £100 £700
    Medium Garden (70m²) with Basic Artificial Grass 2 day £700 £300 £1,000
    Medium Garden (70m²) with Medium Artificial Grass 2 days £1,050 £300 £1,350
    Medium Garden (70m²) with Premium Artificial Grass 2 days £2,100 £300 £2,400
    Medium Garden (70m²) with Elite Artificial Grass 2 days £3,500 £300 £3,800
    Large Garden (150m²) with Medium Artificial Grass 4 days £2,300 £500 £2,800
    Large Garden (150m²) with Premium Artificial Grass 4 days £4,500 £500 £5,000
    Large Garden (150m²) with Elite Artificial Grass 4 days £7,500 £500 £8,000

    Labour Costs & Timescales

    Costs of Hiring Tradesmen

    When hiring any tradesman for building work you need to consider what specific jobs actually need doing, as not all tradesmen can handle the same types of work. Laying artificial grass would often be undertaken by a single landscape gardener.

    However, a carpet fitter could be considered for the job, as the skills are often transferable. Also, when considering the hiring of a carpet fitter, often the artificial grass is purchased from a carpet store. As a result, the store will often offer fitting within the purchase price of the grass.

    Landscape Gardener

    The most common tradesman to hire for any garden work would be the landscape gardener. As a result, when deciding to fit artificial grass in your garden, this will probably be your first thought. It can however be an expensive choice to hire a landscaper, at around £100 - £125 per day. However, an average sized garden at around 70m² will only take around 2 days to complete.

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    Carpet Fitter

    Fitting artificial grass is often a similar process to fitting a carpet, just performed outside. Therefore, an often-overlooked tradesman is a carpet fitter. The carpet fitter will first measure the area in which the new grass is to be fitted, provide the sizing for the required new grass, and then once purchased will be able to lay the covering down. A carpet fitter will usually cost around £90 to £100 per day to hire, depending on experience and level of skill.

    Labourers

    The most inexpensive form of tradesman, a labourer, while not commonly used in laying artificial grass within a property, should not be overlooked when costing the job. Usually a specialist will provide their own personal labourer; however, even so you should be mindful of the costs to hire them.

    The day rate of a simple labourer will usually be £50 to £60 per day. They are used for all the heavy lifting work, moving materials, and jobs, which do not require a specific skill.

    Timescales

    One of the most important factors when deciding if you wish to fit artificial grass in your garden is obviously timescale. How long a job takes to complete will directly affect the final cost of the work.

    Timescale will have a direct and obvious effect on the cost of labour, as the longer a job takes, the longer you will be required to pay your selected tradesman.

    There are a few simple factors, which will affect the timescale of laying artificial grass. The most obvious being the size of the garden that you are covering, the current condition of the garden (i.e. is it level and flat), and if there are complications encountered while laying the grass.

    Covering the average medium sized UK garden (70m²) will take longer than a smaller garden (40m²), at around 2 - 3 days compared to 1 - 2 days. A large 150m² garden will take longer than a medium garden, at around 2 - 3 days for a medium compared to 4 - 5 days for the large.

    However, these factors will also depend on the condition of the garden which the grass is to be laid, the skills the tradesman chosen possesses, and any additional complications (such as drainage, and weed membranes) are encountered.

    Tradesman Time Needed (days) Cost per Day Total Labour Cost
    Landscape Garden 1 - 4 days £125 £125 - £500
    Carpet Fitter 1 - 4 days £100 £100 - £400
    Labourer 1 - 4 days £50 £50 - £200

    Supply Costs

    The supplies cost for laying artificial grass in a garden will vary slightly depending on your choices of grass style. Beyond the obvious grass layer, the fixture method, weed membrane, bottom layer, and any specialist care equipment can also affect the price.

    Artificial Grass Supply Cost

    The layer of artificial grass itself is obviously the most important material to purchase for the project. Depending on the style chosen to lay, this can be formed from three main materials; nylon, polypropylene, and polyethylene.

    Nylon Artificial Grass Cost

    The first synthetic material used in the manufacturing of artificial grass was nylon. In the 1960's it was used to cover the ground of the "Astrodome stadium" in Texas and gained the popular name "AstroTurf". Nylon was chosen for its superior strength and resilience, making it perfect for high impact and abrasive sporting pitches.

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    Due to the complicated process and expensive base materials, out of the three materials, nylon has the highest initial cost when used for artificial grass. Nylon grass in therefore often used solely in high traffic, high wear environments such as commercial applications.

    The price of nylon grass usually begins at around £9.99 per m² and can increase to around £39.99 per m², though it will not appear as realistic as its counterparts.

    Polypropylene Artificial Grass Cost

    As one of the most widely used plastics in the world, polypropylene is also the most cost effective when used for the production of artificial grass. First created by the famous J. P Hogan and R. Banks in 1951, today polypropylene is most commonly used today in consumer products, textiles, and product packaging.

    Boasting a medium to high level of toughness and abrasion resistance it has become a popular material in the production of budget friendly artificial grass. The major downside to this cost-effective option is the lack of realism due to its reflective polished end result. This polished finished can also make it increasingly slippery while in wet conditions.

    The prices of polypropylene grass begin around £9.99 per m² and increase to around £29.99 per m², depending on the thickness of the grass, lengths of strands, and underlay used in its construction.

    Polyethylene Artificial Grass Cost

    Arguably the most common plastic in the world is polyethylene. Used in construction of shopping bags, bottles, children toys, and even bullet proof vests. Polyethylene is therefore also, by no surprise, an extremely common material in the construction of artificial grass.

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    Polyethylene has an increased based price when compared to polypropylene, though is remarkably cheaper than using nylon. It is also perfectly balanced when comparing its softness and abrasion resistant strength. See as a good "all-rounder" it has grown in popularity within the artificial grass marketplace and is now commonly used for an increasing number of purposes.

    Beginning at around £19.99 per m² for an average quality grass and increasing to £49.99 per m² for the most realistic varieties, polyethylene is quickly becoming the gold standard for artificial grass.

    Underlay Material Cost

    Sand

    When laying artificial turf in a garden, if the ground is now level and flat in may require the addition of a sand layer. On average, a medium sized garden (70m²) will take around one ton of sand to cover with a few inches of layer height. Sand is not a very expensive material, so affordable builder’s grade sand will only cost around £50 per ton.

    Weed Membrane

    In order to keep the artificial grass area, weed-free and therefore reducing the amount of maintenance required to keep it looking clean, tidy, and new, a weed membrane nearly always required. These will begin at around £12 per m² for a quality, long lasting, and resilient variety, however more cost effective, budget friendly, versions are available beginning at around £5 per m². These membranes are laid below the artificial grass and are usually the second action performed after the space is dug out and levelled.

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    Joining/Fixing Materials Cost

    Joining Tape

    Due to the fact artificial grass comes in rolls it is often required to use joining tape to fix the edges together and create a seamless area. Self-Adhesive Joining Tape is the simplest way bonding the two edges of artificial grass strips, without the need for additional glue. The price of joining tapes usually begin at around £1.20 per m and can increase to around £20 for a 5m roll of high-quality tape.

    Two-Part Bonding Adhesive

    Grass Adhesive is sold as a two-part adhesive system designed for bonding artificial grass backing directly to any stable subfloor. This is often only used when laying artificial grass to a solid floor, such as concrete. Costing around £50 per 10kg tub, this would provide enough glue to cover a medium sized garden at around 70m².

    Galvanised Steel U-pins

    At 16cm long, steel U-pins are the most common method used for securing artificial grass to soft surfaces, such as dirt, gravel, or sand. It is standard practise to attach 1 pin to every 0.5m² of grass. Pins are often supplied in packs of 10 and prices begin at £5 per pack. Therefore, for a medium garden measuring 70m² you will require around 20 packs, costing you £100.

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    Additional Costs

    Landscaping

    After an artificial lawn has been completed, it may be a good idea to hire a landscaper to redo the rest of the external area of your property. From flowerbeds, to fences and general borders, a landscaper can help assist in designing the perfect look for your garden.

    It will usually begin at around £150 per day to hire a landscape specialist. However, if you have already hired the landscaper to lay the fake grass, you may be able to arrange a discounted service in order to complete any further work required outside.

    Cost Factors of Artificial Grass

    The cost of labour usually takes the largest chunk out of your building budget. However, the cost of artificial grass will vastly outweigh any other costs during the project.

    Additional materials such as adhesives, membranes, sand, and fixture pins will often only take up a fraction of the budget in comparison. The grass material easily surpasses the price of labour, when higher quality styles are selected for the installation.

    When deciding on the components, the choices available are extremely wide ranging, with a choice of style including; colour, species, material, length, and even finish. The desired final look will determine many of these factors; however, it is always best to keep a budget in mind before beginning preparations and shop around for the best priced materials.

    Quality of the final appearance factors into the final cost of an artificial lawn greatly. For a medium garden (70m²) with a full lawn completed, if basic quality non-realistic grass is used, costs will begin at around £800 - £900. However, for the same property, yet with premium quality grass with a realistic finish (such as Amalfi grass at £25.99 per m²), it would increase the price to around £2,000.

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    Another cost to account for is the disposal of waste after completing of the installation. Waste disposal will usually consist of simply hiring a skip. A skip is a large metal container used like a bin, for the disposal of building waste. Skip hire begins at around £150 for a single skip hired for a week. Included in the price of the hire, is usually the cost of collection and disposal of the waste.

    Finally, if your property has a garden in an extremely poor state or wildly overgrown, it will need to be cleared before the new lawn can be laid. This will create the demand to hire a landscape gardener at a considerable cost.

    It is therefore common for people planning to install an artificial grass area to first clear the garden themselves. This will usually involve simple pulling and cutting back any plants, digging out any shrubs or bushes, and removing any existing grass lawns themselves.

    If, however a profession is required this will often cost around £150 per day and depending on the level of work and size of garden can take up to three days to complete.

    What's Involved in Laying Artificial Grass?

    • Budgeting
    • The first step is going to be planning a budget. This is a very important step, as there is no point starting a project you cannot afford to complete it. Factors such as materials, labour, and additional expenses need to be calculated at this stage. This includes working out how much does it cost to cover the desired area in your selected artificial grass.

    • Removing Existing Turf and Plants
    • The first task to complete is to remove all the existing turf (if there is any) from your chosen site of your new lawn. A standard garden spade will work well for small jobs up to around 40m². However, using a spade for a larger garden (70m²+) would become tedious; in this case you would be better off hiring a turf cutter (at around £50 per day). It is normally required that a depth of around 100mm (4 inches) is dug out of the area to be covered.

    • Preparing the Base Layer for Installation
    • Next you will need to decide if you are laying a hard or soft base layer for the artificial turf to be attached to. If a hard surface is chosen, the cement, gravel or sand should be laid and then compacted with a whacker-plate (hired for around £50 per day). If a soft layer has been chosen, then a layer of levelling sand should be laid, and a weed membrane fitted to the area.

    • Laying the Artificial Grass
    • Once the area has been prepared and is ready, it is time to actually lay the grass down. First you should carefully measure the area to be covered, then (if not done already) purchase the correct size of grass needed to cover the chosen area.

      Next with a tape measure and a sharp knife cut the rolls of grass to fit neatly within the edges of the area. You must use precise and clean cutting strokes to ensure you do not end up with straggly unsightly edges. It is also extremely important to make sure each roll is laid in the same direction, as this will create a more attractive and even final result.

      You will now need to join the edges of the rolls together. For this task it is common practise to use turf joining tape (or if attaching to a hard surface "two-part adhesive bonding glue"). You should pay special attention not allow the edges to overlap, or the fibres of the grass to get entangled within the tape.

    • Holding-Down the Grass and Making Sure the Joining Line is Not Visible
    • It is common for artificial grass that is being used to move around in the place it is laid; for this reason, it is often best to attach it to the area in which it has been laid. Securing the grass firmly to the base layer is often performed via pins or glue (depending on soft or hard underlay). Pinning should be performed every 0.5m section to allow the strongest possible hold.

      You must also be extremely careful to make sure there are no visible gaps between roll sections. To create an invisible seam, special attention and care should be used when cutting the edges to ensure a straight and clean line. This is accomplished with the use of a brand-new sharp Stanley knife blade.

    • Adding Sand as an Infill
    • After the layer of artificial turf has been laid, it is often a great idea to spread a layer of sand over the top to create an "infill". This can usually be performed by simply sprinkling the sand of the top of the grass and then using a common broom to work the grains into the grass itself. The sand will work its way between the synthetic blades and fill any gaps and spaces left in production; this in turn will create a more solid feel under your feet when walking upon it, assist in drainage, and help reduce the flattening effect of the blades during usage.

      Brushing the finished lawn will also help in "fluffing" the blades of grass up and creating a more natural and full looking result.

    • Enjoying Your New Lawn
    • The final step of having your new garden lawn laid is to actually enjoy it. Whether walking, running, playing a lawn-based game with the family, or just lying out in the sun; you should not forget to enjoy the new installation you have taken the time and money to have fitted.

    What is Artificial Grass?

    Artificial grass, AstroTurf, and fake grass are all different terms for the same synthetic fibre surface covering. Often made to look like real grass, artificial turf was originally used within sports areas or for commercial applications where the grass look was needed temporarily. However, in the last 20 years AstroTurf has gained increasing popularity in the world of residential lawns. This popularity is due in part to the hardwearing and low maintenance

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    Invented by the notorious chemical company Monsanto, "ChemGrass" (as it was known), was first used in 1966 for sporting stadiums in the USA. Later rebranded AstroTurf the name quickly became the generic term for almost all artificial grass.

    Since its creation artificial grass has evolved through three main generations: From the first system being constructed of short-pile fibres without infill, through longer fibres and a sand infill of the second generation, to rubber/sand mixed infill and realistic multi-length fibres of the third generation commonly available today.

    What Are the Benefits of Artificial Grass?

    Green, lush, and uniform lawns are often the first image which comes to mind when dreaming of how you wish your garden to look. The perfect garden grass is so desirable that neighbours commonly compare other lawns to see who has the best-looking gardens.

    From mowing, trimming and weeding, to aerating, fertilising, and cleaning, having a beautiful lawn will more often than not create the homeowner a lot of work.

    To reduce this workload and increase the time available to enjoy their lawns in is become increasing common for homeowners to turn to artificial lawns. So, what makes an artificial lawn so appealing? Why is it worth the initial high price?

    No Need to Water

    Real grass is obviously a living plant, or more accurately a large group of living pants, and as a result will require water to grow and survive. This can usually be provided by the natural rain cycle, however in dryer months, or if the perfect green lawn is sort after, the homeowner will likely have to water their lawn twice a day.

    Artificial grass does not require such a commitment. In fact, you do not need to water it at all. The only water required for artificial grass is if you decide it needs a clean. Cleaning artificial grass can be done with just a spray of water from a hose to get rid of the surface dirt and then left to dry.

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    No Need to Cut/Mow it

    A good lawnmower, in the modern day, is getting ever more expensive. From robots, to Flymo's, regardless of your choice no one likes the chore of cutting their grass. Well with an artificial lawn you can simple throw your old lawnmower always (or donate it to charity), as it will no longer be needed in your household.

    To put it plainly plastic grass does not and cannot grow. Therefore, there is no need to stress about cutting, and use the time saved to actually enjoy your lawn, maybe even have a nice picnic.

    No Need to Pull the Weeds

    The most common and biggest issue of a real grass lawn are unwanted weeds and plants. Daisies, Dandelions, Nettles, Brambles and Plantains being the most common types of weed, removing these unsightly and sometimes dangerous plants can quickly become a fulltime endeavour.

    Artificial grass does not prove a nice environment for these plants to grow, as a result they will rarely be an issue and if are found can quickly be removed with almost zero hassle.

    No Need for Chemicals

    Much like water, fake grass does not need a source of food such as fertilisers. Also due to the lack of moisture required you can forget about any pest/insect problems presented by a natural grass lawn. This in term will remove the need to use any pesticides and help promote a healthier, safer environment in your garden, not to mention saving you money from not needing to purchase these often-overpriced chemicals.

    Looks Great All Year Round

    It will no longer matter what time of year you decide to use it, artificial grass lawns look just as good in winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Whether the temperature outside is freezing cold, or a scorching hot heatwave it will always remain a beautiful shade of green. With the modern advancements in artificial grass the look and feel of the material now so closely resembles real grass, with certain styles it is almost impossible to tell the difference.

    How to Install Artificial Grass

    Saving money is often the reason the majority of people consider DIY tasks; however, when it comes to laying artificial grass labour cost are not the biggest expense. In fact, the grass itself, the equipment it takes to install, and the time it takes for an unskilled person to lay will quickly increase a budget past the amount often charged by a professional.

    If, however you are the DIY type person, that just has to be self-sufficient, then it is possible to undertake the project yourself. For step by step guide on how to install artificial grass check out our guide here.

    Tools Needed To Install Artificial Grass

    The tools required to lay artificial grass and be as simple or complicated as you like; with a little as a spade, Stanley knife, and tape measure you can often fix most styles of grass. However, for a large garden space, or for those with a taste for gadgets, turf removers, whacker-plates, and power brushes, are all available for hire to help you perform the laying work.

    If you do choose to hire our equipment, usually hire companies offer deals and discounts with complete jobs in mind. For example, they can often offer a turf remover, whacker-plate, and power-brush, as a joint hire for a discounted amount when compared to hiring them separately.

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    This will often cost around £100 per day jointly and £50 per item is separate. As a result, this can quickly cost just as much as hiring a professional to perform the task for you. Not to mention the hours of your own time you will need to spend actually undertaking the work itself.

    Safety Equipment Needed To Install Artificial Grass

    Also, a concern that should never be overlooked is safety gear. If you do not have the required safety glasses (£10), gloves (£5), a good set of overalls (£25), and safety shoes (£25), these will also need to be purchased when using hired power tools. Whacker-plates, power brushes, and turf removers, are all extremely dangerous tools is they are not handled correctly. However even the basics of a spade and Stanley knife can cause bad injuries if particular care is not taken when using them.

    What Type of Artificial Grass Should I Use?

    There are three main types of artificial grass materials on the market today. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, the nylon types are more suited to commercial use, and the other two (polypropylene and polyethylene) are designed with more of the residential market in mind.

    Advantages Nylon Polypropylene Polyethylene
    Inexpensive Styles Available X
    UV Resistant X
    Large Variety of Styles X
    Weather Resistant X
    Moderately Realistic Appearance
    Ultra Realistic Appearance X X
    Large Variety of Styles X
    Hard Wearing X X
    Water Resistant
    Plastic Base
    Sand Base X
    Woven Base X X
    Disadvantages Nylon Polypropylene Polyethylene
    Expensive Styles Available X
    Prone to UV Damage X X
    Prone to Weather Damage X X
    Moderately Fake Appearance X
    Fake Plastic Feel X
    Prone to Abrasive Damage X

    Recommended Usage

    Disadvantages Nylon Polypropylene Polyethylene
    Small Gardens X
    Medium Gardens
    Large Gardens X
    Commercial Use X X

    Alternatives to Artificial Grass

    There are obvious alternatives to using artificial grass, the first being real grass; however, there are also options such as decking, gravel, concrete, and patio paving. Each option will have its various costs associated with it, along with pros and cons for each choice.

    Patio Paving

    Having a part of your garden as a patio area is extremely common in the UK. However, having a medium or larger garden entirely covered with patio can make the space look unwelcoming and uncomfortable.

    The price to cover an entire medium garden (70m²) with patio paving will often exceed £3000; this is due to in part to the paving material being an expensive option, and also often requiring a professional tradesman (such as a landscaper) to install the patio over several days.

    The advantages of patio paving are its obvious hardwearing nature, long lasting weather resistant finish, and aesthetic appeal (over a small area).

    The disadvantages of patio paving are the expensive costs for installation and materials, the lack of flexibility in final design, the skills it takes for installation, and only really being suitable for a small garden or section of a larger property.

    Decking

    Decking is a plank covering often used in a garden within an elevated area. Consisting of a wooden frame with laid planks attached to form a consistent covering, decking is usually finished with paint or wood stain or made out of composite.

    The advantages of using decking are the cost-effective options available (beginning at around £200 per 10m² area), the multiple styles and materials available, and the customisable final design.

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    The disadvantages of decking are the complexity of construction, the often requirement of a tradesman to build, the price of materials (costing around £20 per m²) dependant on the material chosen, and most importantly the maintenance required to keep it looking clean and tidy.

    Gravel

    Gravel is a small to medium coarse stone infill which is extremely common for driveways. Costing around £60 - £85 per ton it is by far the cheapest option for any outside space covering.

    The advantages of gravel, beyond its low price, are the simplistic maintenance required, the ease of installation, and the variety of colours and shapes available.

    The disadvantages of using gravel are the lack of aesthetic appeal with the finished product, the attraction of animals/pests, over time the stones get misplaced in areas, and also gravel can quickly look worn out.

    Maintaining and Repairing Artificial Grass

    If you like the idea of having a beautifully lush and green lawn with little worry about how to look after it, then an artificial lawn is often the best option. You don't have to worry about changes in the weather, insects and pest infesting your garden, and even bold spots appearing due to pet usage.

    Maintenance

    There is no need to water an artificial lawn, cut it, or spend vast amounts of money of weed killers and pest control. To keep your artificial lawn in perfect tip top condition all you need to do is simply run a small amount of water through it once per week to remove any unwanted dirt, and the occasionally sweep it with a stiff bristled broom (costing around £7) in order to fluff it up; if it should require it.

    Repairs

    Even though fake grass lawns are extremely durable and not easily damaged, it is actually possible for the lawn to be damaged in a few ways; however, the good news is that it is often a very easy solution to repair the damage and return the lawn to its former glory.

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    Flattened Grass

    Overtime and with constant high traffic use, most (if not all) types of grass, both artificial and real, can become flattened and sorry looking. Thankfully when dealing with artificial turf the solution is quite simply to brush the fibres with a broom. This will in turn fluff the grass blades back into their original positions and return the grass to looking fluffy, lush, and beautiful again.

    Loose Sections

    Sections becoming loose or moving under usage are often caused by incorrectly fitted grass. To solve this problem simply lift the movable pieces, re-join the seams, and the re-pin or bond the patches to the surface.

    Patching and Replacing Ripped or Damaged Sections

    Sharp objects, excessive heat, and harsh chemicals can all damage your newly installed artificial lawn. If a section (or patch) is damaged, these areas can be fixed by replacing the damaged turf with new turf using glue or tape to join the pieces together.

    The important consideration with this style of repair is to find the correctly matching replacement piece of turf, to your existing style of turf on your property. This is why it is often good practise when installing an artificial lawn to keep off-cuts and even order a little extra for future repairs.

    What is the Best Time of Year to Install Artificial Grass?

    When you wish to plant a real grass lawn, there is a very strict time scale for the actual installation. Outside of the spring months real grass will have an extremely slow and difficult time growing well. Artificial grass however does not suffer from such issues. You can actually install fake grass lawns at any time of year.

    Generally, however artificial grass is best laid during colder months as the ground is softer and this makes the process easier. It is best practice to wait until the outside temperature is around 15 - 10 degrees Celsius, it has rained in the last week or so, and there are no high winds.

    Even though these conditions will provide the very best environment to install your new lawn, it is not a necessity to installation. If it happens to be spring or summer and you wish to go ahead and have the new lawn fitted, it is still possible to successfully do so.

    Laying an artificial lawn in the hotter drier months may cost a little more, as with the ground being harder and more difficult to work with, the whole process may take a little longer. So, for a Medium 70m² garden, instead of taking 2 - 3 days to fit the lawn, it may take 3 - 4 days to fully complete. This in turn would add around £100 - £200 to the initial labour budget.

    Is Artificial Grass Bad for the Environment?

    In the modern day, personal environmental impact will often play on the minds of a lot of people. How does your life impact the earth and nature around you? Well a common misconception is that artificial grass is bad for the environment.

    In fact, artificial turf is extremely friendly to the environment. With the recent increase in safety standards and global safeguards (DIN 18035-7) the production of artificial grass is now heavily regulated to make sure there are no harmful plasticisers or heavy metals in the construction.

    Most importantly a natural grass lawn will use a lot of fertilisers and pesticides to keep it lush and beautiful looking, whereas an artificial lawn does not require these chemicals. This in turn keeps the local environment free from such harmful products.

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    An artificial lawn also does not require the use of electric or high polluting petrol lawnmowers in order to maintain it. This means they have zero energy costs and zero emissions. During droughts and hose pipe bans, an artificial lawn will stay green and well kept, unlike its natural counterpart.

    Finally, there are various varieties of artificial lawn which are constructed from recycled materials (such as plastic bottles and bags). These "eco-lawns" are therefore helping to remove waste from the environment and repurpose plastic materials before they are sent to landfills.

    Cost of Removing Artificial Grass

    There can be various reason to want to remove your artificial lawn; maybe it need replacing with a brand-new different style of grass, maybe you wish to go back to real grass, or maybe you have decided to patio the area.

    Regardless on the reason for removal, taking up your "AstroTurf" lawn can be a difficult process if not done properly.

    When removing your turf, you should try to find the seams. This can be difficult as when laid properly these joins can blend perfectly together. If you are unable to find the seams do not worry, locate one of the corners and begin there.

    The first thing to do is take a sharp Stanley knife and cut a hand sized hole by the edge of a seam or corner; this is to provide you with a place to grip onto. Once the initial cut has been made, slice the turf along its full length being careful to cut through the entire depth of the sheet.

    Next you will need to cut along the widths of the slices, creating manageable sized squares, which can then be easily pulled up with a little force. If the lawn was bonded with a two-part glue to a hard surface, this may prove harder to remove than if pinned to soft ground.

    If you do not wish to undertake this job yourself however, then you may want to hire yourself a landscaper, or even the original installed, to remove it for you. Removal of artificial lawn should take around the same length of time as it took to install.

    Therefore, the cost for labour will be around the same as you originally paid (if you use the same contractor). A good rule of thumb is that it will take on average 1 day per 50m² of lawn removed. As a result, for an average 70m² garden it will take approximately 2 days to complete and cost £200 - £300 in labour.

    Whether you hire a tradesman or decide on the DIY route, you will more than likely need to worry about waste disposal. The disposal of any waste created during the removal process can usually be discarded into a skip. Skip hire will usually cost around £200 for a single skip, hired for a week, with pick up and disposal.

    Depending on the size of the lawn being removed, this may not be large enough for a larger garden lawn measuring over 150m², and you may need to either hire a second skip, a larger skip, or even just have the original emptied when filled then returned (average £50 per empty).

    Hiring an Artificial Grass Installer Checklist

    • Qualifications – Depending on if you are choosing to hire a landscaper, there are a few forms of qualifications to look for in the form of CSCS certification, City and Guild levels, or even college gained qualifications such as HNC’s. However, since the application of artificial grass has only just started to become popular within the residential marketplace there are few specific qualifications that relate directly to artificial grass.
    • Equipment - An important consideration before hiring any tradesmen for the project is to check they possess the correct equipment. If they need to hire tools, such as a whacker-plate, power-brush, etc, this will increase the price and have to come off of your budget.
    • Insurance – The most important consideration when hiring any tradesman is the insurance. Make sure they possess, at the least, third party liability, which covers work undertaken. At best, you want to find a tradesman, which has personal injury, property damage, and work guarantee cover.
    • Previous Experience – Evidence of previous work is also a good consideration when hiring any tradesman. If they have references from previous clients, photos, or a portfolio of their work, it will prove they are proud of the level of skill they can provide. This is especially important when it comes to artificial grass laying, as many tradesmen may not have had such a wealth of experience with the material.
    • Guarantees – Does the tradesman offer any form of guarantee for the work they are going to undertake? Most will offer in some form or another to make sure you are happy with the job before they finish. However, it can be worth looking for a tradesman which offers a five-year guarantee or greater. Then if any problems arise in the future, due to any faults in the installation process, you are covered, and they will fix their mistakes at no expense to you.

    FAQs

    How long does artificial grass last?
    Depending on the level of use the grass undergoes, artificial grass on average will last around 20 maintenance free years. However, if you chose to clean, look after, and only use it lightly, it is possible to get around 30 years of use out of modern turf before a replacement lawn would be required.
    Can an artificial lawn be installed onto a wooden decking area?
    Since artificial grass can be installed onto most flat surfaces, including rigid floors such as concrete, stone, patio, and decking. In fact, installation onto a decking area is probably the easiest type of surface to lay the turf onto. This is due in part the rigid and level nature of decking, but also decking will allow the lawn to be simply stapled with a staple gun (£10) to secure it.
    What size are artificial grass rolls usually available?
    The most common two sizes available for roll width of artificial grass are 2m and 4m. These rolls are then available in lengths of up to 20m for luxury varieties and up to 15m for the cheaper styles.
    When an artificial grass lawn gets wet, does it become slippery?
    Surprisingly due to the make-up of the underlay of artificial grass the water will often drain away extremely fast. Also, most modern varieties of grass on the market (excluding commercial nylon) are hydrophobic and as a result do not become slippery. This will mean after a rainfall the grass can be used again as normal after a very brief period, unlike natural grass.
    If my dog "uses" the artificial grass, will it change colour and become yellow?
    Most varieties of artificial grass are in fact pet friendly; this means they do not stain from animal urine. However, it is always best to check with the supply that the style of grass you have chosen does hold these qualities before you purchase it.

    Sources

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/5804434/artificial-grass-opinions
    https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/threads/artificial-grass.18709220/
    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/991275/artificial-grass
    https://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/07/astroturf-was-originally-named-chemgrass-before-being-used-by-the-houston-astros-baseball-team/

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 18th June 2020.

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