Artificial Grass Costs
Prices for stripping out lawn and exchanging for artificial grass
Example costs for artificial grass jobs
Additional Information on Artificial Grass
If you love grass but don’t want the mess with the seemingly constant mowing and maintenance required – then artificial turf could be a perfect choice. Fake grass offers a practical and maintenance free surface, that is pleasing to the eye just like real grass, but stays looking good 365 days a year and never needs to be mowed! Artificial turf works well in gardens of all sizes but smaller sized gardens tend to cost more on a per square metre basis. Modern premium artificial turfs will last for 20 years or more and are fully porous so they drain just like real grass, but of course, there is no watering or feeding required! Unusually shaped gardens will tend to cost more and will result in a higher quote due to the extra time required for fitting plus there will typically be more wastage. Rolls of artificial grass come in 25m rolls with 2 metre or 4-metre widths, where a joint is required, a special backing tape is used underneath the sections that need to be joined.
Artificial grass installations take on average 1 – 2 days in a typical garden of between 30 – 40 square metres, but larger gardens can take up to 3 days to install. Access to your garden can have a major impact on the time it takes to install your artificial lawn, for example, if the tradesmen have to go up and down a lot of stairs, or access through your house to the garden, the installation time could take much longer and will also be more expensive. Curved, detailed edging around the new turf is a little more complex and will likely add a little time plus additional materials such as aluminium edging or brickwork, all of which can add to the overall cost.
When pricing up the material and installation cost of artificial grass you need to think about the type of grass you are looking for. If you have a dog you might want to go for a more durable grass so it lasts longer. There are lots of different things to think about. If you are going to go for a budget grass you will pay around £12 per square metre but if you want a better-quality grass you can pay another from £20-£28 per square. This is not including labour costs which can be anything from £50- £70 per square metre if a professional fit the grass.
When pricing up artificial grass I would recommend getting multiple quotes and researching different types of grass to make sure you are getting the best grass to suit your needs. You could even use an online calculator to give you a rough estimate on the cost of getting the job completed. These calculators are great because they give you an insight into how much you should be paying.
Doing it Yourself
If you are considering laying your own artificial grass, you will need some basic tools including a shovel, wheelbarrow, brush and rake. Some timber or brick/stone will also be required for edge fixings, plus you will need some kiln dried sand, weed-proof mat, joining tape and adhesive, a knife, hammer and nails, plus of course the artificial grass. It’s a pretty straightforward DIY job as long as the ground is reasonably flat and level. Start by stripping out all the old grass, weeds and any other vegetation. Then level the soil and rake out any large stones.
Apply a thin top layer of kiln dried sand and then lay down a weed proof mat. Fix the artificial turf on top of the sand and fix using tape and adhesive on all joints. Then sprinkle the remaining kiln dried sand over the turf to weight it down. Finally, use nails to secure the edge of the turf to any timber edgings if fitted. If the existing surface is uneven, rocky or covered in dense vegetation, then the preparation will take much longer than installing the actual artificial grass. In this case, it could well be worth hiring a landscape gardener to level the ground and prepare it ready for you to lay the artificial turf, sparing you hours of backbreaking work!
Artificial Grass Tips
- Laying artificial grass is easy so can be done as a DIY project
- Artificial grass can be laid on just about any surface
- Artificial grasses are designed with safety in mind for pets and children
- Drainage is not a problem as artificial grass is fully porous
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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Supply and fit garden turf approximately 10 meters x 11 meters.
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Turfing an area 30 meters x 30 meters with field turf.