How much does an artificial lawn cost? – the 65 million dollar question that’s keeping you up at night, right? Well, put the melatonin away because we are here to not only help you fall asleep, but stay asleep by answering that daunting notion.
Artificial lawn turf has come a long way in the last 15 years, becoming more prevalent in all regions of North America and Europe, it’s no longer just the luxury item you will find in a California backyard oasis. This is helping to drive down the overall cost of an artificial lawn project, which is very comparable to installing a concrete or interlocking paver patio. Let’s look at the steps involved in doing it right:
- The natural soil/grass must be removed to a depth of approx. 3-5” depending on your climate and soil type.
- In most cases border/edging materials will be staked around the perimeter to frame in the lawn area and create a clean division between the lawn and planter beds or adjacent surfacing.
- Laying down a weed barrier may be required for lawns that have been susceptible to invasive weed species.
- A 2-4” layer of crushed, drainage rock that is compacted will be laid and serve as the foundation directly under the artificial grass product.
- The turf is then rolled out, precisely and custom cut to fit the dimensions of the lawn. There will likely be multiple seams which are either glued or stapled (both recommended) to ensure no ruptures occur during active use of the area by pets, kids or entertaining. The artificial turf will have a natural direction to the grain which will dictate the finished appearance. You should make your suggestion beforehand with your contractor.
- Finally, and potentially the most important stage, is the infilling process. All exterior artificial turf installations should be top dressed with a layer of infill material such as Envirofill. The infill will create additional ballast over the area, support and stand the grass blades vertical and prevent premature wear, cover the primary backing of the turf and inhibit UV degradation and provide additional cushion. Envirofill also has special anti-microbial properties that help prevent mold, mildew and odors caused by naturally occurring bacteria, which is why it’s excellent for pets.
- The infill is then powerbroomed into the fibers of the artificial turf and settles into the lower half or the blade profile so you are seeing lush grass blades and not the infill.
As you can see, there are many variables that will dictate the overall cost of the project such as turf type, region, prep work required, size of your area, etc, but generally speaking you should expect to pay anywhere between $7-$16 per square foot. Specialty application such as putting greens, bocce courts or tennis courts could be more.