How Much Does Artificial Grass Cost in 2023?

Artificial grass cost typically falls between $2,970 and $7,100, and the price per square foot ranges from $5.50 to $19.75.

Artificial grass cost typically falls between $2,970 and $7,100, including materials and labor. The average installation costs $5,300, and the price per square foot ranges from $5.50 to $19.75. Most homeowners pay an average of $10.75 per square foot, but you should expect a higher price for a curved yard, a large property, or a nylon turf lawn.

The initial investment in artificial turf is higher than the cost to seed a lawn with natural grass, but, with a lifespan of 10 – 25 years and no lawn maintenance fees, a synthetic lawn might be a long-term bargain. 

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Average artificial grass costs in 2023

Had enough with mowing, fertilizing, and using gallons of water to keep your yard green? Install an evergreen lawn with a typical price of $2,970 to $7,100 and almost no upkeep necessary. If you go for an economic turf installation, you can pull off the project with a budget of about $2,000

National Average Cost$5,300
Typical Price Range  $2,970 – $7,100
Extreme Low-End Cost $2,000
Extreme High-End Cost $10,500

Consider these sample prices for a lawn size of 500 square feet. We used the average cost of $10.75 per square foot to calculate the national average overall cost. The typical price range uses the most common lowest and highest prices per square foot. 

To get on the lower end of the price range, choose polyethylene or polypropylene turf. It’s less expensive, feels nice, and looks good. This way, you can save up to 50% on the price of the turf itself (that’s about $1,250 for a 500-square-foot lawn).  

Labor accounts for roughly 50% – 60% of the total cost of installing synthetic turf. Check offers from three to five providers to find the best possible price, or install the artificial grass yourself, if you’re handy with tools. You can save between $1,000 and $3,250 for a 500-square-foot surface with DIY installation.

Expect higher prices if your lawn has curved edges, is on a slope, has many bushes and trees, or is hard to access. Curbing and other landscaping services increase prices, but they might be worth it. Find out more from this guide.

Artificial grass cost estimator by lawn size

Synthetic turf costs depend a lot on the size and shape of your lawn. You can pay between $2,970 and $7,100 for a 500-square-foot lawn. A 1000-square-foot project typically begins at $6,000 or more. This is the total cost, including materials and labor.

Project sizeAverage overall cost
300 sq. ft.$3,225
500 sq. ft.$5,375
800 sq. ft.$8,600
1000 sq. ft.$10,750
1500 sq. ft.$16,125

Other factors that affect cost

The difference between a $2,970 project and a $7,100 project is primarily in the type of artificial turf you choose and the cost of labor to have it installed. But it also depends on things like your yard’s specific shape and location.

Artificial grass cost and yard shape

A curved-shaped property can add on average 10% to 15% to your budget. You need to make extra cuts around curved edges for a natural-looking appearance, so you have to buy more turf. The project takes longer, and the installation cost is also higher.

Installing artificial lawns on a slope

If your yard is on a slope, installers need hanging timbers along the perimeter to prevent synthetic turf from sliding down. The sod is harder to remove, crushed rock is more difficult to level, and everything takes more time. This means a higher labor price and some extra bucks for materials.

Artificial grass costs by material

The main synthetic grass types are polyethylene, polypropylene, and nylon. Turf is usually sold in rolls of 5, 7, 10, or 15 feet in width, and you buy the length you need.  

High-quality nylon sod is the most expensive. Polyethylene and polypropylene are more affordable and include low-cost options.  

Synthetic grass materialTypical cost per square foot
Polyethylene$2.00 – $4.50
Polypropylene$2.00 – $5.90
Nylon$5.00 – $6.00

Nylon artificial grass cost is typically between $5 and $6 per square foot. You can find lower prices, down to $3, and premium options sold at $11 to $12 per square foot.  

Choose nylon if your lawn gets extreme heat and sunlight for long periods. It has superior strength and can keep its shape better under heavy usage. However, its more robust blades feel slightly unnatural compared to other fake grass materials.

Polyethylene turf is the cheapest, costing between $2.00 and $4.50 per square foot. Soft and pleasant to the touch, it has a natural look but is less durable than nylon. It works better with a partially shadowed lawn with less exposure to extreme heat.  

Heavy usage can also damage the grass blades. So, make sure you use polyethylene grass on a low or medium-traffic surface.  

Polypropylene grass costs between $2.00 and $5.90 per square foot and has a soft, natural texture. Higher-end options can be pretty durable.  

The bottom line? Between the cheaper and the higher-end options, you can save up to $2,000 on a 500-square-foot project. 

Synthetic grass cost by brand

Turf brands can also change your home improvement budget. Stores sell artificial grass with prices ranging from $1.50 to $11.60 per square foot or even higher for commercial use and sports field turf. Here’s a cost comparison of some of the most popular turf brands. 

BrandTypical cost per square foot
Foreverlawn$4.40 – $9.40
PreGra$2.60 – $3.90
Synlawn$4.90 – $7.20
Progreen$4.40 – $11.40
Onelawn$2.25 – $7.25
Perfect Turf$4.00 – $5.00
EasyTurf$1.50 – $2.00
Mega Grass$3.50 – $5.00
Everlast$1.99 – $5.00
Envypet$3.70 – $7.00
Dura Play$2.43 – $11.60

Artificial turf face weight

Turf face weight is the number of ounces of grass fiber per square foot. It does not include turf backing, the material the grass is stitched on. Face weight typically ranges from 30 to 90 ounces, and you should look for 50 to 80 ounces for residential use.

Higher values usually mean higher grass density and better durability to foot traffic. Such synthetic grass also feels fuller, lusher, and more natural to the touch.

In general, prices will vary with face weight. You can expect, on average, to pay a difference of $1.00 per square foot for an extra 10 ounces

For example: If 1 square foot of 48-ounce artificial grass costs $2.70, the 60 or 62-ounce model might cost around $3.70 per square foot. 

Face weight differs from total or backing weight, so ensure you have the correct numbers. 

Artificial turf blade shape

Blade shape is another factor that will influence your budget. For example, S-shaped and simple-omega-shaped turf tend to be less costly. Diamond shape sells more as a high-end option. M-shape and W-shape can also pick your pockets for some extra dime.

So, how do you choose? Here are the differences between the most popular blade shapes:

  • S-shaped blades have curved lines that make them feel and look very soft, like real grass. Their rounded profile doesn’t reflect sunlight much, so their color is a more vibrant, darker green. Traffic resistance is moderate and suitable for lawns that don’t expect heavy foot traffic.
  • C-shaped turf has better resilience under heavy traffic and higher wear tolerance. Because of the C-shape, it might show more sheen than other options. For this reason, it’s more suitable for your backyard.  
  • Go for U-shaped blades if you’re looking for less glossy artificial grass. This structure makes turf flexible, with full, thick blades. It also gives good resistance under moderate to heavy foot traffic.
  • The V-shape profile allows turf blades to spring back quicker after heavy traffic. They also stand up straight better than other turf types and have superior wear tolerance. Use V-shaped turf on a heavy-traffic lawn.
  • Experts engineered M-shaped blades to spread pressure at multiple points along the blade. This type of turf has impressive durability. Use it for a lawn with heavy foot traffic, where you play sports with your children and friends.  
  • W-shaped blades have incredible resistance to foot traffic. This synthetic grass also has superior heat diffusion. W-shaped blade turf is an excellent idea for lawns exposed to extreme heat.
  • Diamond-shaped turf is the closest to natural grass in look and feel. It is very soft and luxurious, focusing more on the feel and texture than durability. Choose it for low to medium traffic areas.
  • Omega-shaped blades are something to think about if you have pets. They have good resistance to traffic and are usually shorter blades and soft to the touch.

Labor costs

The average professional installation cost for synthetic turf ranges between $3.50 and $8.00 per square foot. Depending on lawn size and shape, work can take from 1-2 days to a week.

For a square footage of 500, labor costs add $1,750 to $4,000 to your total investment. That price can go up if your artificial lawn is installed on a slope, has a curved shape, has bushes or trees, or is difficult to access.

Weed barrier fabric

The weed barrier is an obstacle for weeds and natural grass, stopping them from growing through synthetic turf. It costs, on average, between $0.25 and $0.58 per square foot, and you must place it under the road base. For a 500 square feet lawn, this means an extra $125 to $300, but keeping your yard clean is worth it.

Road base

You need a base layer of crushed rock (aka a “road base”) for a stable, well-drained lawn. It’s also a barrier between dirt and turf and ensures an even layout of the synthetic grass material. A road base can cost between $0.30 and $0.70 per square foot of yard. 

Artificial grass infill

Even if you choose a synthetic turf with a good face weight, without an infill, it might seem like a green tarp. Infill replaces the soil weight, adds stability, helps blades stand upright, and makes the turf look and feel like natural grass.

For artificial grass installation, you need about 1 pound of sand filler per square foot. The price ranges between $0.20 and $1.60 per pound. Antimicrobial filler might cost more, but it’s a must if you have pets using your lawn as a bathroom.

Seam tape for artificial grass

You can use nails and buried wood to make sure turf materials are stable on the ground. But seam tape is better for joining two intermediary strips of synthetic grass. It’s available in options of 4, 6, 8, and 12 inches wide, in rolls of 16, 32, 40, and 82 feet in length. Price ranges between $0.50 and $1.40 per linear foot. It’s cheaper if you buy one roll of 32 feet than 2 rolls of 16 feet.

Artificial turf might come with some added services. Some are optional; others can become a must-have. All of them make your yard more beautiful. They include stump or tree removal and installing a walkway. You can also opt for a patio, edging, retaining walls, and mulching. See how much these services would add to your project cost.

Grass Removal

If you have an existing lawn to remove, expect grass removal to cost about $1.75 per square foot. Square footage, removal method, and access are key price factors that have most homeowners paying $0.95 – $2.65 per square foot.

Tree removal cost

If you have a stump or a tree (fallen or not) in your yard, you might want to remove it before installing synthetic turf. On average, tree removal costs about $850, with typical prices ranging from $385 to $1,070. Pricing depends on the type and size of the tree and the state where you live.

What about walkways or a patio? 

A paver patio can be a pleasant and relaxing area in your backyard. If you are considering installing a synthetic lawn, now might be the moment to plan for a patio. 

Installing a patio can cost between $2,600 and $7,300, with an average price of $4,000. The price per square foot ranges from $9.00 to $22.50, with an average of $15.20. You will pay roughly the same for a walkway. A typical walkway costs about $1,620 to install.

Landscape edging costs

The typical cost of landscape edging ranges from $4 to $11 per linear foot. The national average is around $1,300, ranging from $700 to $1750 for 180 linear feet

One of the roles of edging is to act as a frame containing the road base. The other is to be an anchoring point for artificial turf margins. If poorly installed, turf margins can sink into the base material. Also, exterior spikes, nails, and staples can come loose.

Do you already have walls or paving around the lawn? Use that for edging. Otherwise, you might need to add some extra materials. You can choose metal edging, wood, plastic bender board, stone, brick, or concrete, in a decorative or hidden style.

Retaining walls for raised garden beds

Want to keep some natural plants in your artificial grass yard? You can create beautiful raised flower beds using retaining walls. If you place them on the side of the lawn, the walls can also act as edging for the synthetic turf. 

The average cost of a retaining wall is $3,565 – $9,645, with most homeowners paying $40 – $345 per linear foot.

Adding mulch – costs and benefits

Another way to insert bushes, trees, or flowers in or near artificial turf is to use mulch.

Mulch is small pieces of wood, shells, bark, straw, or rocks used to cover the soil around plants. It helps your plantings look more polished and prevents weeds from growing. Mulch also makes for an elegant transition from soil and plants to artificial turf.

Most mulch costs $45 to $130 per cubic yard, which is enough to cover about 100 square feet with a 3-inch layer. This includes material, delivery, and installation.

Some organic mulch has higher prices, such as crushed shells that can reach up to $400 per cubic foot. If you want to save money, choose rocks, gravel, pine bark, straw, and other beautiful pieces of wood at $20 – $25 per cubic yard. You can also keep $25 to $45 per cubic yard in your pocket if you decide to spread the mulch yourself. 

Cost of installing artificial grass DIY

Because the labor alone costs a few thousand dollars when you hire a professional to install artificial turf for you, you might want to do it yourself. Here’s a breakdown of how much money you would spend on tools and how much work you would have to put in for a DIY artificial grass installation. 

DIY cost breakdown 

Equipment/materialsPrices
Sod cutter – rental for 1 day$110
Shovel$45
Wheelbarrow$140
Garden rake$40
Hand pump sprayer $40
Weed grass killer$25
Turf staples$20
Plate compactor with water tank –  rental for 1 day$110
Hammer$20
Turf cutter or carpet knife$15
Tape measurer$10
Landscape edging stakes (100 pieces)$35
Joining tape (for 25 linear feet)$25
Turf glue$30
Pry bar$20
Power broom$40
Total cost of equipment:$725
Equipment cost per square foot:$1.45

If you install the turf yourself, you can save between $1,000 and $3,250 on labor. You might keep another $125 if you already own the essential tools (shovel, hammer, tape measure, etc). This does not include the cost of synthetic turf, road base, and weed barrier. 

With all materials included, the DIY project cost ranges between $2,000 and $4,375. You can save an average of $3,000 (total cost) compared with a pro installation. 

Main DIY installation elements Average cost for a 500 sq. ft. lawn
DIY equipment and materials/accessories$725
Synthetic turf$1,000 – $3,000
Road Base$125 – $300
Weed Barrier$150 – $350
Total DIY cost:$2,000 – $4,375

How to install artificial grass DIY in 6 steps

Installing synthetic turf yourself is not easy but not extremely difficult, either. You just need to pay attention to details and have time and energy to spare.

1) Remove the natural grass and a layer of dirt 2-3 inches deep using a sod cutter or a simple shovel. Clean and level the land with a rake.

2) Spray the area with weed killer.

3) Measure, cut, and lay down the weed barrier fabric and secure it with staples.

4) Add the road base, level with a rake, and compact the crushed rocks with a plate compactor, passing 3 to 4 times. 

5) Measure, cut, and lay down the artificial grass. Place the turf perfectly, make final cuts, then join the strips using seam tape and adhesive. 

6) Nail the margins with landscape pins and begin spreading the filler. Use a broom to disperse the infill and water your lawn for the last time to make everything fall into place. 

DIY cost vs. professional cost

The average DIY cost for installing artificial turf is between $2,000 and $4,400 for a 500-square-foot lawn. Professional installation for a similar project typically costs between $5,900 and $7,100, so you can save around $3,000 by doing it yourself. This includes labor and materials, but most of the savings come from labor costs.

On the other hand, installing artificial grass takes attention, time, and a lot of energy to get it right. What a professional team can do in a couple of days might take you a week or more.

If you’re not careful, the difference between your work and a professional installation can mean:

  • A lawn full of bumps
  • Margins where you can see crushed rocks underneath 
  • Weeds and grass growing in time through your lawn
  • Grass blades oriented in the wrong direction and reflecting the sunlight
  • Turf strips coming off and seam tape visible underneath
  • Visible stakes and staples

For some tasks, you will need help. So before deciding to take on this project, think it through. 

Cost of artificial grass by location

The cost of artificial grass also varies by location. Prices available for your front or back yard might not be the same as if you want synthetic turf on your balcony. The same applies to areas around the pool, rooftops, or walls. 

Dog play spaces and sports fields need more resistant turf and extra stability. Indoor projects and stairways are usually cheaper than outdoor installation because the surface is smaller. 

FAQ

Is artificial grass worth having?

With a 10 to 25 year warranty, artificial turf is durable, looks and feels like natural grass, and is weatherproof. You don’t need a mower, it doesn’t charge the water bill, and lawn maintenance is almost completely unnecessary. 
On average, you pay $5,300 to install artificial turf and about $668 for real grass on a 500-square-foot yard. A $4,500 difference seems like a lot if you don’t count natural lawn care cost, which is between $950 to $2,500 a year. Within 4-5 years of installing artificial turf, you’ll get your money back in savings.

What are the downfalls of artificial turf?

While the lifetime cost of synthetic turf is cheaper, you have to pay more upfront to install and replace it. Artificial turf has other downfalls, too, including:
• Turf can get hot in extreme heat, although infill helps keep the material cooler.
• If you go for cheaper brands, it might not look very natural.
• If you don’t buy the right height, there is nothing you can do about it. You can’t mow it. 

Is artificial turf better for the environment?

Opinions vary. On the one hand, you save a lot of water by installing synthetic turf. With drought becoming more and more common every year, this is very good for the environment.
On the other hand, broken synthetic grass and infill can pollute the soil with microplastic. Also, an artificial lawn is no longer a habitat for wildlife, so it affects the local ecosystem. 

How do I maintain my artificial grass?

While an artificial lawn is very low maintenance, it still requires some upkeep. This includes cleaning pets’ waste and debris, removing leaves, and applying weed killer. After a few years, you might have to replenish the infill. You can also get the margins tucked back in and repair ripples and undulations if needed.
Leaf removal cost is similar for natural and artificial grass, with an average of $155 to $460 per season. If you decide to remove debris yourself, remember that a leaf vacuum is never an option on artificial turf. It sucks up the infill sand.
Your yard will also need brushing from time to time with a push broom or a power broom.

How does the cost of artificial turf compare to the cost of natural grass?

The price of synthetic turf is higher than the cost of installing natural sod, which is usually between $0.90 and $1.80 per square foot (including professional installation). 
If you are ok with paying monthly lawn maintenance later and looking for a low price right now, real grass might be better for you. Hydroseeding cost is even lower than sod, ranging from $0.08 to $0.20 per square foot.
Don’t forget that a synthetic lawn lasts up to 10 – 25 years, so if you go for it, choose the best turf in your budget and ensure it comes with a warranty.

What is thatch in artificial grass? Do you need it?

Artificial grass includes shorter blades of a different color (brown, yellow, or grey) called thatch. In natural grass, thatch is a layer of decaying organic matter that forms over time between grass blades. It might seem weird to want this in your synthetic lawn, but thatch makes the turf look fuller and more natural and helps the main blades stand up straight. 

Final thoughts 

Installing an artificial lawn typically costs $2,970 to $7,100, with a national average cost of $5,300. You can expect to pay from $5.50 to $19.50 per square foot, with higher prices for curved lawns and large yards. 

While you can save up to $3,250 on a 500-square-foot yard by installing the turf yourself, it’s a lot of work, and your lawn might turn out lumpy if you’re not careful. A professional can help you choose suitable materials and make sure your yard turns out perfect. Find a pro near you and get a quote for your lawn size and shape.

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