The Cost to Install Artificial Grass (Material Types, Shape & More)

Kenneth Wilson

Nowadays, fake grass continues to soar in popularity for picture-perfect lawns and yards. The trend of synthetic grass use for landscaping grows up to 15% per year in the United States.

Aside from its visual appeal, it also eliminates the tiresome chore of fertilizing, watering, and weeding your grass beds.

If you’re thinking about making the switch from natural grass (Related: 6 Best Types of Florida Grass And Expert Maintenance Tips) to its synthetic counterpart– let’s discuss the average costs of installing one at home and everything you need to know about it.

Artificial Grass Average Cost

Installing artificial grass starts from $12.5 per sq/ft. A broader range would be between $6 and $19 per sq/ft. This covers both the material costs as well as local labor rates.

Total project costs will heavily depend on your chosen brand, the size of your yard (or any area you wish to have artificial grass beds), and its particular material type.

Suppose you have a 500 sq ft lawn. In that case, artificial grass installation will cost you around $6,500 on average. After installation, it’s virtually maintenance-free for the next 15 - 25 years.

In contrast, professionally laid sods have cheaper upfront costs (at 15 to 61 cents per sq/ft), but you will need to shell out on regular maintenance expenditures.

Beyond yard beautification purposes, more homeowners in the US are opting for fakes to use in:

  • Dog runs
  • Play areas
  • Rooftops
  • Pool surrounds
  • Decorative borders

Artificial Grass Cost by Type

There are three common synthetic turf types: Polypropylene, Polyethylene, and Nylon. These are colored accordingly to mimic the look of various grass species.

You can count on each artificial grass material to vary in quality and price. Naturally, high-quality artificial grass beds will cost you more. Cheaper ones are often of low-quality material.


Polypropylene is considered the least durable artificial grass type out of the 3. If your shower deals with heavy foot traffic daily along with high temperatures– their appearance may be compromised.

It starts somewhere between $2 and $7 per sq/ft when it comes to its price. Most homeowners choose Polypropylene for indoor areas (with adequate shade).


  • It’s relatively cheaper than polyethylene and nylon
  • Visually appealing indoor grass decor
  • Blends well in shady areas of your home


  • It’s not suitable for outdoor use, especially where there’s heavy foot traffic and temperature fluctuations.


Polyethylene material gives you an artificial grass lawn that mimics the real thing. It boasts a more natural appearance and a softer texture than nylon and Polypropylene. Not to mention, it can handle foot traffic and heat better than its polypropylene counterpart.

This material starts from $2.6 to $4 per sq/ft. If you’re a proud fur parent– this grass type proves to be an excellent choice as it has good drainage and is non-absorbent.


  • Looks more like the real deal than other options
  • Has a softer texture than nylon and polyethylene
  • Known to be durable
  • Suitable for outdoor use


  • Not as strong as nylon
  • High-quality polyethylene grass beds can be just as durable


Homeowners who prioritize durability can benefit the most from artificial grass made of nylon. The price starts at $6 to $8 per sq/ft.

Since the material is renowned for its durability, you can count on it to handle heavy foot traffic and exposure to hot temperatures without getting compromised in the slightest.

Regardless, this durability is also why nylon artificial grass is rather stiff. If you want a softer texture, you may want to select polyethylene instead.


  • Ideal for sports field use
  • Considerably the most durable out of the three
  • Able to withstand heavy foot traffic or weight and even heat


  • Will cost you more on average
  • It can feel rather stiff

Factors Affecting the Cost of Artificial Grass Installation

Aside from your preferred material type, other influential factors may affect the total project costs. This includes the artificial grass’ blade shape, brand, and total area size.

Let’s take a closer look at these details below.


Several manufacturers sell high-quality artificial grass but note that this comes at a cost.

If you’re looking for affordable brand options, this usually is made of low-quality artificial grass. That said, it’s best to manage your expectations.

Blade Shape

You may also choose from different artificial grass blade shapes. This determines its natural appearance, durability, and heat resistance.

Specific blade shapes are more durable and resistant to heat, among others– but it may cost you more.

Area Size and Shape

Installing artificial grass for an area with extensive square footage will have you paying more than what you’d typically pay for smaller sizes.

For an area with an average of 500 sq/ft, expect to pay around $6,500 for the installation costs. The total price will only double for a 1,000 sq/ft area.

Another factor to consider is the shape of the said area. If you’re installing artificial grass in curved areas– the installation process may be more difficult. Since it takes more labor, the costs will also increase accordingly.

There are many cases where professional installers need to work around your existing landscape to ensure proper turf placement. Costs will also increase if they trim or reshape the artificial grass.

What are the Benefits of Artificial Grass?

Here’s what we love about artificial grass.

  • Saves water more than the real one. With that in mind, artificial grass can be considered eco-friendly. An average homeowner saves up to 55 gallons of water for every square foot of synthetic grass in a year. Just think of your cost savings in the long run! Drought-prone regions in the USA also offer a cash rebate if you opt for artificial grass, which may go up to $1 per sq/ft. Additionally, the recycled crumb rubber infill in some synthetic lawns helps keep close to 20 million rubber tires from landfills annually.
  • Easy Maintenance. Without the need to edge, fertilize, mow, or seed the synthetic grass– just think of how much time, money, and effort you can save in a year. You also don’t have to blow off leaves and other debris every time, which can be rather tiresome when done frequently. Since there’s no need for you to spray chemical fertilizers and herbicides, you can reduce the risk of exposure to these harmful chemicals as well.
  • Beautiful appearance all-year round. Admit it; synthetic grass looks as good as the natural ones. In some cases, it may even appear better. This gives you a green lawn all year round regardless of season, which is unlike sod.

What are the Drawbacks of Artificial Grass?

Like everything else, artificial grass also has its share of drawbacks. Let's discuss them in detail.

  • It still requires a fair share of routine maintenance. For instance, weeds or rotted leaves may build up over time. You will need to blow or rake these away.
  • Pet urine can't be absorbed or broken down naturally. If you don't hose these off– your artificial grass will stink.
  • Some synthetic grass types may heat up once exposed to direct sunlight. In turn, it radiates heat to the surrounding area.
  • It isn't easy to recycle. The industry is actively recycling discarded, old synthetic grass, but most of them are at many landfills.
  • Fake grasses are banned in local HOAs and municipalities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What maintenance is required for my fake grass?

Some maintenance is required to keep your fake grass performing at its best, such as spraying your turf from time to time and cleaning the spills/pet feces right away. Perform turf brushing every few months to avoid it from dripping and flattening because of heavy foot traffic.

What is artificial grass made of?

Fake grass is composed of filaments threaded into a back to let water through. The backing is set on a layer of drainage, compacted gravel, and secured along the perimeter. Then, it is filled with sand or recycled crumb rubbers to prevent it from blowing away.

Can synthetic grass be stained?

If accidents occur, do not worry because spills from oil or paint do not stay permanently on synthetic grass. Ideally, clean up the spills immediately by spraying and rinsing them off to keep them looking at their best.

Kenneth Wilson
December 20, 2021
2terra, Cost Guides, Lawn Replacement, Yard & Garden

Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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