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Artificial Grass on a Budget

Artificial Grass on a Budget

You’re tired of mowing, pesticides, watering, and outdoor maintenance. You’ve been thinking about replacing your old lawn with artificial grass, but your budget is tight. So what’s the cheapest way to install artificial grass? 

Just as with any home improvement project, DIY is a way to significantly reduce the overall cost of your turf, and, yes, you absolutely can install the grass yourself. However, we do encourage homeowners to really consider whether or not this is a project they want to undertake because it can be labor intensive, and the last thing you want is to be displeased with the look of your lawn.

Interesting in installing artificial grass in your backyard?

Whether you are planning on laying artificial turf on decking, concrete or an existing natural surface, our guide on how to install artificial grass will help you complete the process.

Here’s a breakdown of the initial cost for artificial turf installation:


Turf must be fixed to the ground to keep it in place since there is no root system. The cost for the adhesive is $0.06 per square foot. Each gallon container is $13.90 and covers 25 square yards (225 square feet). Seam Sealer is $48 for one gallon, which will cover 800 LF. If using rolls 15 feet wide, one gallon will cover up to 18,000 square feet.


Bender board or Mow Strip is needed to finish the edges of the fake grass for a polished look. You can purchase edging kits for $21 to $148, or about $0.15 per square foot depending on the size and shape of your yard.


Weed barrier fabric prevents any weeds from growing through your new synthetic lawn. One roll of fabric typically covers 1,500 and costs around $90.


The infill system weighs down the turf and protects the backing material. Sand is relatively inexpensive at $5 per 50 lb. bag. The recommended amount to use is 1.5 – 4.5 lbs. per square foot. The price for enough sand to do an average-size yard can run from $1,207 – $3,622.


Runs about $48 for the average-sized yard.

CLASS II Road Base

Class II road based in composed of crushed rocks which are installed as a base surface to provide stability to the grass above. The least expensive option costs $0.40 per square foot.


Sometimes foam padding is used under fake grass. It makes it more comfortable to walk on. The underlayment costs $2.75 per square foot.


Imagine never having to water or mow your lawn again. Even though a well-manicured lawn can boost your curb appeal and make your home look more inviting, it requires a significant investment of time and money.

Installing an artificial grass lawn is no easy task, and it’s not cheap. But if you have a bit of landscaping skill or are willing to learn, you can save a good bit of money by doing the work yourself.

I urge you to weigh your handyman capabilities carefully. Make sure you’re up for manual labor and that you can do the installation right. If not, hiring a professional contractor might cost more now but save you a lot of expense and aggravation later. 

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