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How Much Is Artificial Grass? Calculating the Expense of Turf

By Paige Cerulli Created: August, 2018 - Modified: August, 2023

When it comes to ground cover, few things are as low maintenance as turf. Artificial turf can save you time and money on maintenance, making it a popular choice for backyards, sports fields, and more. While it’s always important to consider qualities like a product’s durability and pile height, the cost of artificial grass and where it falls in your budget is another important consideration.

The Cost of Artificial Turf vs Natural Grass

Artificial grass is an investment, but it’s an investment that can pay off with long-term savings.

Choosing artificial turf instead of natural grass means significantly less maintenance. You can save both time and costs on fertilizing, watering, mowing, and more. There is no need to purchase expensive sprinkler systems or mowers, and you can save on the costs of hiring a landscaping company every year.

If you’re buying artificial grass for an income-generating space, like an outdoor sports field or an indoor gym, the turf can help to ensure that you can reliably collect income. For example, heavy rains can leave grass fields unusable for soccer or baseball games, but artificial turf that ensures plenty of drainage can be used soon after poor weather. That reliability means fewer canceled events and makes your venue a more appealing choice for sports teams, event rentals, and more.

The same is true of using artificial turf indoors. Turf is versatile, so you could transform an indoor space into a sports field, a dog agility training space, and more. That versatility can increase your income streams and boost your profits. Ultimately, the artificial turf can more than pay for itself.

The Average Cost of Artificial Grass

If you’re considering artificial turf for your home or business, you can find affordable options available in multiple price ranges. We carry an excellent assortment of products at Greatmats in all price points.

Low - $

Artificial grass products in the low price range can cost $2.50 to $4.50 per square foot. These products are often suitable for landscaping, pet areas, putting greens, and more.

Consider the Perfect Putt Artificial Grass Turf Roll for an indoor or outdoor putting green, or the Sunny Sod Artificial Turf Roll for landscaping and pet areas around your home.

artificial turf in landscaping back yard

Mid - $$

Mid-range artificial turf costs $5 to $8 per square foot. These products are often suited for a wide variety of purposes, including not only landscapes and pet areas, but also for playgrounds, schools, and sports fields.

The V Max Artificial Grass Turf is a mid-price option for sports use and trade shows. The Play Time Playground Green Turf includes a 2-inch foam base layer and is ideal for playgrounds and schools, where shock absorption is important.

artificial turf in outdoor playground

Upper - $$$

Upper-range turf costs $9 per square foot and up. These products are highly specialized, very durable, and intended for golf, fitness centers, recreational areas, and other spaces that see significant use and foot traffic.

The RageTurf Rally Interlocking Tile is a popular choice for indoor gym turf, thanks to its durability and slip resistance, and the Range Turf II Artificial Grass Turf Roll brings high performance quality to golf courses and putting greens.

artificial turf for golf putting greens

How to Save Money on the Cost of Artificial Grass

In addition to choosing a turf product that’s within your budget, there are other ways to save on your artificial turf project costs.

To start, carefully calculate how much turf you will need to purchase. Review the manufacturer’s instructions for measuring the project area and double-check your measurements when calculating your estimated turf needs. Ordering the right amount of turf can help to avoid product waste and keep your purchase price down.

There are several ways to save on the cost of installation, too. For simpler projects, you may be able to perform the installation yourself. If your project is larger or more complicated, hiring a professional from the start can save you money compared to attempting to perform the installation yourself.

When hiring a contractor, take the time to search for multiple contractors in your area. Interview each and ask for a detailed project quote. As you narrow down your choices, contact the references for the contractors who are your top options to verify the quality of their past work. Hiring a talented contractor who can do the work right the first time can save you both time and money on your installation.

Ordering Artificial Grass

With so many artificial grass choices available at Greatmats, it can be difficult to narrow down your choices. Please contact Greatmats customer support if you have any questions. Our customer support team can provide you with details on the products you’re considering, can provide shipping quotes, and can help you to verify that the product you’re choosing is best for your budget and your project.