The Cost of Synthetic Grass and Turfs

With Ireland’s typically rainy weather and soil that makes real grass a pain to maintain, more homeowners are getting hip to durable, low-fuss artificial lawns. Artificial turf tech has come a long way, with synthetic blades and backing that really mimic the look and feel of the real thing while standing up to wear and tear. 

And thanks to better manufacturing and shipping logistics, costs have dropped in recent years to make artificial grass affordable for the average Joe compared to a decade ago. But decent quality artificial turf still represents a solid upfront investment needing some savvy budgeting.

This guide breaks down the typical costs to install artificial grass in a residential yard from start to finish. We’ll provide Irish homeowners the inside scoop on expenses so you can budget smartly if you’re considering going artificial. While pricier upfront than natural sod, artificial grass saves cash long-term on upkeep and water.

Also Read – The Role of Artificial Grass in Urban Gardening: How Artificial Turf Is Revolutionizing Small Urban Spaces In Ireland

What is Artificial Turf Lawn These Days?

Before looking at the costs, here’s a quick lowdown on modern artificial turf:

    • It’s engineered to mimic real grass using synthetic blades made from top-shelf polymers like polyethylene attached to backing materials. There are different blade styles, lengths, colors – you name it – to match all sorts of natural grasses.

    • The most common options for the fake blades are nylon, polyethylene, and polypropylene mixes. Each has varying softness, durability, and price tag:

    1. Nylon blades feel soft but don’t last as long.

    1. Polyethylene is tougher and takes abuse better.

    1. Polypropylene looks and feels the most like real grass.

    • The huge plus of artificial grass is you get the visual appeal and enjoyment of lush natural grass without all the mowing, watering, and fertilizing. Makes these low-upkeep lawns ideal for Ireland’s rain that real grass hates.

Estimating the Total Initial Investment for the Turf

For standard artificial turf installed on typical residential plots of around 150-200 sq. meters, Irish homeowners can expect to invest €4500 – €12,000 for both materials and professional installation:

    • The final cost depends heavily on the quality of materials selected, site conditions requiring special preparation, additional features like integrated lighting or drainage, as well as the total lawn area size.

    • Artificial grass for your lawn carries a higher initial investment than laying new sod or seeding, but provides long-term savings on maintenance costs and water usage that make it worthwhile for most homeowners within 5-8 years.

    • Focusing on quality materials for longevity and realistic aesthetics rather than just minimizing initial cost per square meter is highly recommended.

Itemized Breakdown of Typical Grass Costs

A residential artificial grass installation service will typically involve costs across these major categories:

    • Turf Product Purchase – €25 – €50+ per sq. meter for quality residential-grade artificial grass, or €35 – €85+ per sq. meter for very high-end realistic turf.

    • Professional Installation – DIY is possible for savvy homeowners but hiring a pro generally ranges from €15 – €30 per sq. meter; complex installs cost more.

    • Site Preparation – Grading and leveling, weed barrier fabrics, drainage considerations, base material like MOT can add €5 – €20 per sq. meter.

    • Other Components – Seaming tapes, special adhesives, added features like integrated lighting or pet/pet relief areas increase costs.

Long-Term Savings and Value

While the initial purchase and installation cost is higher, a quality artificial lawn provides many long-term savings and added value for homeowners:

    • Properly installed artificial turf will last an average of 10-15 years before replacement is needed, compared to reseeding and repairing natural grass annually.

    • Without the need for regular mowing, fertilizing, dethatching, aerating, and frequent watering, homeowners save significantly on lawn maintenance costs year-to-year.

    • Greatly reducing or eliminating irrigation water usage results in meaningful utility bill savings over time.

    • Fake grass allows for versatile use of the lawn space with zero “wear and tear” concerns that plague natural grass.

    • Synthetic turf adds value by boosting curb appeal and enabling homeowners to enjoy intact, vibrant lawns regardless of weather.

Comparing DIY vs Professional Installation

Homeowners have a choice between a DIY installation or hiring professional artificial grass installers. There are pros and cons to each approach:

Benefits of DIY Installation:

    • Significant cost savings on labor, with total project costs potentially 50% less than hiring a pro crew.

    • Flexibility to install in stages over time as schedule and budget allow.

Drawbacks of DIY Installation:

    • Requires proper preparation skills, tools, materials knowledge and prep work to ensure quality and durability.

    • Mistakes in substrate prep or seaming can undermine the longevity and performance.

    • May void warranty coverage from some artificial turf manufacturers.

Benefits of Hiring Professional Installers:

    • Experienced crews provide expertise for specialized sites and complex installations.

    • Peace of mind through warranty assurances and quality control.

    • Enhanced long-term durability and performance expected.

Drawbacks of Hiring Professionals:

    • Installation fees range from €1000 – €4000+ depending on the size of the lawn area.

For basic rectangular sites under 150 sq. meters with minimal grading needed, DIY can provide big savings if done properly. More complex sites usually benefit from hiring pros.

Timing Installations and Shopping Suppliers for Savings

Homeowners can realize some cost savings by:

    • Scheduling installations for the “off season” in fall and winter when demand drops and companies offer discounts.

    • Comparing material and installation quotes between vendors – prices can vary 10-15%.

    • Sourcing remnants or turf samples for patios, dog runs, etc.

Budget-Optimizing Tips

Other tips for maximizing value and keeping costs reasonable when installing artificial grass:

    • Prioritize quality turf and proper preparation over trying to cover a larger area.

    • Do as much site preparation like clearing and grading yourself as able.

    • For basic rectangular flats sites under 200 sq. meters, DIY install may save 50% over pros.

    • Consider financing to offset higher initial investment costs and ease budgeting.

Also Read – What Happens When It Rains On Artificial Grass And How Do You Deal With Heavy Rain

Conclusion

With proper planning and budgeting, installing synthetic grass is an attainable goal for most Irish homeowners. Focus on long-term value and durability when making selections. And leverag

FAQs

What is the typical price per square meter installed?

For most residential installs, expect to pay €30 – €60 per square meter including materials and professional installation. Complex sites may be higher.

Should I choose basic or premium artificial grass?

Prioritize quality over size – higher-end materials last longer and look more realistic. Start with premium grass for high-traffic areas.

When is the best time to install for the lowest cost?

Schedule installations for the off-season when demand drops to take advantage of discounts and turf supplier sales.

Should I DIY or hire a professional?

For simple, flat sites under 150 sq.m., DIY can save significantly on labor. But complex installs often benefit from a pro’s expertise.