20 years ago you would have been laughed at for even considering a fake artificial lawn.
After all, this is the UK, where a traditional perfect lawn has been the cornerstone of any green fingered gardener’s dream.
However, times have changed and with today’s busy lifestyles, the perfect natural lawn isn’t as desirable as a low maintenance practical product.
The quality of artificial grass has also improved and these products now actually look like grass. There’s also a ton of options so we are confident you’ll be able to find a product that meets your requirements and stays within your budget.
On this page, you’ll discover:
- options you have
- a price guide
- supply only prices
- a detailed look at all the materials needed and how much they cost
- a works schedule so you can see how this material is laid in the garden
- tips on how you can save money
- where you can source prices from reviewed and rated tradespeople
So, if you’re thinking about installing an artificial lawn in your garden, you’re not alone, more and more people are choosing this material as an alternative to a real grass lawn, but how much does it cost?
We are a group of tradespeople that have many years experience in both home improvement and also in project planning and pricing. See our prices below, which are based on our knowledge and history, we can also point you in the right direction so you can get a fixed written price if you wish.
Reminder to first-time visitors to our site: this is just one of dozens of helpful price guides we have created.
What to Expect From a “Fake” Grass Lawn
Gone are the days when artificial grass was frowned upon or even laughed it, the quality of this product has improved dramatically over the last few years. More and more homeowners now see that the benefits of this grass outweigh any limitations.
Here is what you can expect:
- Instant solution for your garden, no waiting for seeds to grow or turf roots to take hold.
- It’s affordable, for both large and small areas.
- A wide range of choice including different stem lengths, thickness, colours and blends.
- Once the base is installed you can change the grass easily at minimal cost.
- Easy to install – DIY if you wish.
- No maintenance – whatsoever.
Work Schedule – What’s Included in Our Price Below?
Further down this page you will see our price guide for artificial grass, that figure includes the following:
- Remove existing lawn and soil to required depth.
- Level the remaining soil and compact down by walking on it.
- Apply and level out a top layer of fine sand.
- Lay weed proof membrane felt.
- Roll out the artificial grass, any sections wider than 4 metres to be joined with backing tape.
- Sand to be brushed into pile to weigh it down and prevent wind lift.
- Edgings to be secured to timber embedded underneath the grass.
Below are three popular artificial grass types and their cost:
A budget-range of grass, this type of entry-level product isn’t the most realistic but will set you back around £10 per sq mtr, supply only.
A mid-range product will have a thicker pile and possibly strands of different textures, density, colour and feel. £20 per sq mtr delivered
A thicker lower pile with finer lush verdant stems, this product is as close to real grass as you can get, expect to pay £40 per mtr delivered.
Installation Cost For Artificial Grass
The typical cost to supply and install a mid-range product to a 50 square metre area is shown below:
Cost Breakdown (double check this, even if you intend to DIY)
The quote includes the following:
Sand for bedding, 3.5 tonnes (will cover 50 sq mtr at 35mm depth) – £180.00
Weed membrane – £50.00 inc vat
50 sq mtr of mid-range artificial grass – £1000.00 inc vat
Fibreglass joining tape – £5.00 inc vat
Fixing pins and adhesive – £25.00 inc vat
Fine top sand, half-tonne (to be brushed in) – £55.00 inc vat
Waste disposal, variable as depends on existing garden – £200.00 inc vat
Labour, 2 men 1 day (variable as depends on location) – £200.00
Net profit, assumes a medium-sized business with some overheads to consider – £250.00
VAT on net profit and labour (not always applicable, see below for details) – £90.00
Total Cost – £2050.00
You Can Save Money By Doing This…
Obviously, you can save a fortune by doing the work yourself, but assuming that you don’t have green fingers; we believe you can save money by trying one of the following:
Buy the product yourself to avoid the “mark-up” some installers charge on the product. Just make sure you measure correctly and allow a little extra for mistakes and miss-cuts.
As this type of work isn’t too difficult, instruct a smaller company to carry out the work. They may have fewer overheads and a lower profit margin. If they are operating below the VAT threshold, they won’t charge you this tax either.
More info about how you can legally avoid paying VAT can be found here.
Use a cheaper product, we have suggested a mid-range product priced at around £20 per sq metre delivered but some retailers have special offers going as low as £7 per sq mtr. So shop around.
When is the Best Time of Year to Lay Artificial Grass?
From a practical perspective, artificial grass can be laid at any time of the year.
However, as we have stated many times before on our site; landscape gardening is a very seasonal type of work.
Gardeners become very busy during the summer yet are often quiet during the winter.
We have personally witnessed landscape gardeners lowering their prices considerably during the off-season, just to keep their businesses ticking over until the more profitable summer period.
During the summer, the opposite is true.
With extra work coming in, prices tend to rise and some companies will outsource their extra workload to subcontractors.
So, what is the best time of year to lay artificial grass?
We suggest you plan in advance and avoid the summer peak. Make plans and source quotes in winter and have the work done in the springtime at the latest, by summer your project will be complete, just in time for the good weather.
Get Ideas and Inspiration
There are many pros and cons of artificial grass but to achieve a satisfying result, we recommend checking out these sites for ideas and inspiration:
Photo ideas from As Good As Grass
See Online Prices
We have broken down the costs involved with installing artificial grass, but if you would like a firm quote that is based on the specifications of your garden, just hit the link below and fill out the form: