How much does artificial grass cost?

When a customer calls and asks about artificial grass, their first question is almost always “How much does artificial grass cost?” The answer should be, “between $4.00 and $8.00 per square foot, depending on the quality of the turf you select.” But that’s not the correct answer. The correct answer is, “The actual cost of the grass is usually less than 25% of the cost of everything else that needs to be done before you actually install the artificial grass.”

The true cost will be determined when planning the overall look of your new yard.  Curb appeal is important; so, you want to make spaces in the front and side yards for flower beds, different colored rock gardens and mulch beds. 

But the backyard is also important.  We often have homeowners spend more of their budget on the backyard because they want elegant gathering spaces, including flagstone patios with a well-designed fire pit area. Other customers want an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill for barbequing.  Some people want a putting green or a bocce ball court.  There are so many possibilities!

The cost of artificial grass is just part of the cost to xeriscape your new yard.

Xeriscaping is not just a bunch of landscaping with mostly rocks and other hard services and a few drought resistant plants. A correct xeriscape design includes a site evaluation to identify what part of the yard will be carpeted with artificial grass and how the other areas on your property will be landscaped.

During our first meeting we will talk about your dream yard. Your front yard might have spaces for flower gardens, rock gardens and artificial grass.  Here is an example of the difference artificial grass can make in a front yard environment.  Of course, we won’t include dead grass and weeds in your new yard.

Most people spend more time in their backyards than in the front.  If it’s in your budget, there are a lot of options on how to design your back yard.  If your yard is flat, a putting green might be in your future.  We usually use two special high quality artificial grasses – one for the green surface and another for the chipping surface around the green.  The picture below shows a gathering area that includes a patio and outdoor kitchen/bar with matching stone and gravel xeriscaping instead of a chipping apron around the putting green. 

Or, if your space is smaller, you might consider a bocce ball court.

Depending on the slope of your back yard, you may be able to use the slope to your advantage by designing a terraced xeriscape.  See the following two examples for some ideas.

How to calculate the cost to landscape with artificial grass

There are five different parts of the process we use to calculate the costs. The design and planning costs for an average yard are about $1 to $2 per square foot.  Your plan should include the square footage of artificial grass, hardscaping, rock gardens and a general idea of the plants you will add/keep.  When your plan includes the above, the other costs will be approximately:

The following estimates include the cost of materials and labor

1Rerouting and modifying your sprinkler system, tree removal, grading$5 -10 per sq ft
2Grading and concrete removal, Laying out walks and patios$3 - 6 per sq ft
3Hardscaping – rock walls, fire pits, Gathering spaceszero to $20 per sq ft
4Rock gardens, flagstone patios, native plants etc. $2 – 8 per sq ft
5Artificial grass – including a putting green or a bocce ball court$8 -12 per square foot

So, depending on your budget and the size of your yard, and if trees don’t need to be removed, xeriscaping can cost somewhere between $12,000 and $15,000 per 1,000 square feet.  If you include a lot of hardscaping and high-quality artificial grass your costs could be up to $25,000.

Water Conservation rebates can help pay for your new artificial grass yard

In addition to the benefits of water conservation and the aesthetics of having a beautiful yard, there are other cost saving benefits that can help pay for your xeriscaping in a little as 20 years. 

These benefits include rebates that are available from many communities in the greater Denver area that range from .50 cents per square foot up to more than $1.00 per square foot.

Water savings for the average home can be as much as $50 a month.  Lawn Maintenance cost savings, including mowing, fertilizers and chemicals can be as much as $100 a month.  Multiply those savings by 8-9 months of good Colorado weather and then by 20 years and your savings could be well in excess of $20,000.

Don’t wait – Give us a call today to see if xeriscaping is in your future.