Pricing Guide: How Much Does Artificial Grass Cost in 2024?

Artificial grass typically costs from $5.45 to $20 per square foot, for an average price of $12.75 per square foot.

The average cost to install artificial grass is $12.75 per square foot. Homeowners can expect a typical price range between $5.45 and $20 per square foot for an artificial lawn. These averages include the price of the materials and labor. 

Homeowners can expect to pay around $6,375 for artificial grass installation on a 500-square-foot lawn or between $2,725 and $10,000. Note that the total cost will vary depending on the turf’s brand, your yard’s size, and the turf’s material type. 

Synthetic turf is low-maintenance. It requires no watering, fertilizer, or mowing, which can save you money in the long term. And unlike sod, artificial grass gives you a green lawn year-round.

Average Artificial Turf Costs in 2024

The national average cost of installing artificial grass is $12.75 per square foot. Keep in mind that total costs may vary depending on the turf’s brand and your yard’s size. These estimates include installation and materials.

National Average Cost$6,375
Typical Price Range$2,725 – $10,000
Extreme Low-End Cost$1,755
Extreme High-End Cost$10,750

For a 500-square-foot yard, homeowners typically spend an average of $6,375 or between $2,725 and $10,000 for labor and materials to install artificial grass. Materials include the artificial turf itself, infill, edging, adhesives, and a weed barrier.

Cost Estimator by Artificial Grass Type

The three most common synthetic turf types are: 

  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene 
  • Nylon

Each turf material varies in quality and price. The higher quality turf you buy, the more you can expect to pay. If you find artificial turf selling at a low cost, it might not always be the quality you want. 

So, if you’re wondering about the cost of fake grass per square foot, here’s a summary:

Material TypeAverage Cost (per square foot)
Polypropylene$2 – $6.35
Polyethylene$2.20 – $4.10
Nylon$5 – $6.40


Car bumper and curb of the sidewalk are covered in turf
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Polypropylene is the least durable turf material of the three. Heavy foot traffic and high temperatures can significantly affect polypropylene’s appearance.

Polypropylene’s price usually ranges between $2 to $6.35 per square foot. It’s most suitable for shady areas or indoor use where foot traffic and temperatures are low.


✓ It sometimes sells at a lower cost than polyethylene and nylon
✓ It can be used as decorative indoor grass
✓ Works well in shady areas


✗ Not an ideal artificial turf for backyards
✗ Does not tolerate hot temperatures
✗ Can’t handle heavy foot traffic


Van covered in turf grass
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If you want an artificial lawn that looks like the real thing, consider an artificial turf made of polyethylene. Polyethylene looks more natural and has a softer texture than nylon and polypropylene. Polyethylene turf also can withstand foot traffic and heat much better than polypropylene, making it a great backyard artificial grass.

Polyethylene turf costs range between $2.20 to $4.10 per square foot. This artificial grass also has good drainage and is non-absorbent, making it an excellent choice for homeowners with pets. 


✓ It looks like real grass
✓ It has a softer texture than nylon and polyethylene
✓ It is more durable than polypropylene, so it can be a great backyard turf
✓ It is also an excellent front yard turf
✓ It is non-absorbent and has good drainage, making it a great turf for pets


✗ Not as durable as nylon, though some high-quality polyethylene turfs can be almost just as durable


Old stadium with turf grass
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Nylon is the most durable of the three turf types and the most expensive. Prices often range between $5 and $6.40 per square foot. Nylon turf can handle heavy-foot traffic, weight, and hot temperatures — and still retain its original appearance.

Keep in mind that nylon’s durability can make it stiff. If you’re looking for a softer texture, polyethylene may be the better choice. Nylon is commonly used for sports fields or as putting greens. 


✓ Most durable of the three synthetic turf types
✓ Can withstand heavy foot traffic, weight, and heat
✓ Excellent turf for sports fields


✗ Expensive
✗ Nylon’s durability can make it stiff

Other Factors That Affect Cost

barefoot on turf grass
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Your artificial grass material type won’t be the only item affecting your total project cost. Your synthetic turf’s quality will vary depending on its brand and blade shape, leading to higher costs. Need to install grass in a large area? Get out your checkbook or credit card.

Factors that affect artificial grass cost include: 

  • Brand: Some manufacturers sell higher-quality turfs than others.
  • Blade Shape: Some blade shapes are more durable and heat-resistant than others.
  • Area Size: More square footage means paying more for materials and labor. 
  • Area Shape: Curved areas can make the installation process more difficult. 
  • Area Location: Costs will vary depending on where you want to install the turf, such as the backyard or rooftop.


When shopping around for the best prices for artificial grass, you’ll notice that there are many brands to choose from.

Prices will vary among different manufacturers of artificial grass. Brands selling high-quality turf will typically charge more than brands selling lower-quality turf. Below, you’ll find different artificial turf brands and their average turf prices.

BrandAverage Cost per Square Foot
(Without installation)
ForeverLawn$4.50 – $10.35
PreGra$2.50 – $4
SYNLawn$2.15 – $7.50
ProGreen$4.50 – $11.50
OneLawn$2.40 – $7.40
Perfect Turf$4 – $10.75
EasyTurf$1.80 – $4.60
MegaGrass$3.50 – $5.45
Everlast$2 – $4.50
EnvyPet$5 – $6.50
DuraPlay$4.60 – $12.55

Blade Shape

Artificial turf blades come in many shapes. Blade shape can determine how natural the turf looks, how durable it is, and how well it can stand up against high temperatures. Your total spending costs may vary depending on the turf’s blade shape. 

Area Size

Whether you’re installing fake turf grass in the backyard or an indoor playroom, larger spaces will require more turf and labor, resulting in higher costs.

Homeowners can expect to pay an average of $6,375 to install artificial turf in a 500-square-foot area. The bill will double for a site that’s 1,000 square feet in size.

The bottom line: Bigger spaces require a bigger budget for artificial grass turf.

Area shape

Turf grass installed along a front of house walkway
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Artificial turf fits nicely in an area with straight lines and right angles. Installing artificial turf in a curved or unusually shaped area takes more labor.

Your pro will need to work around the curved shape and existing landscaping to get the turf placement just right. In some cases, the pro may need to cut or reshape the turf, increasing your labor bill.

Area Location

gate covered in astro turf
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Not everyone wants to install their turf in the yard. Artificial turf, which many homeowners choose as turf for backyard spaces, can be installed almost anywhere where there is a suitable surface.

The key to remember is that installing artificial grass in some locations may be more expensive than others. Talk to your professional turf installer about where you would like your turf and discuss how this may affect material and labor costs. 

Locations that may affect artificial turf installation costs include: 

  • Rooftops
  • Decks
  • Patios
  • Stairways
  • Balconies
  • Around pools
  • Concrete surfaces
  • Over old grass
  • Walls
  • Indoors
  • Child play areas
  • Pet play areas
  • Sports fields

Extra Services

Planning how you will use artificial grass in your yard may lead you to rethink your entire landscape. What will you put on your artificial turf? Maybe a grand gazebo? How will you showcase your fake green lawn? How about installing some flower beds or a walkway of paver stones?

Here are just a few extra services — and expenses — you might want to add either when or after you install your artificial turf:

Deck or Patio

Deck pre-construction on side of a house
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A deck or patio complements artificial grass as an excellent space for outdoor entertainment. Set up an outdoor eating area or comfortable lounge space where your guests can relax. 

Homeowners typically spend between $3,920 to $10,540 to build a deck. Meanwhile, patio installation costs much less, ranging between $2,363 and $5,909.

Paver Walkways

Paver patio being constructed
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Walkways help guide the eye to attractive features around your artificial yard. Want to show off the new butterfly garden? Build a walkway that directs guests’ attention to the garden’s gate.

On average, installing paver walkways costs between $9 and $20 per square foot.

Flower Bed Planting

Flower beds with red flowers in a large public garden
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A great way to show off your new green turf is to embellish it with floral decor. Sprinkled with various colors, textures, and heights, an array of flower beds will add loads of color to your landscape.

Installing a flower bed often costs between $650 and $3,000, depending on the flower bed’s size and the types of flowers planted.


Gazebo in a yard
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Gazebos sitting on artificial turf are a beautiful addition to any yard. Gazebos create intimate outdoor living areas and are striking focal points.

The average cost to build a gazebo is $5,358 and $9,058, with intricate custom-built designs costing as much as $27,000.


xeriscaping in a fenced-in backyard
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A significant advantage of artificial turf is the amount of water it saves. Unlike natural grass, fake grass doesn’t need frequent watering.

If you’re interested in designing a landscape that saves water, consider the landscaping method known as xeriscaping. Xeriscaping uses water-conserving techniques to design a landscape that requires little to no irrigation. 

The total cost of xeriscaping varies depending on the project at hand. On average, total xeriscaping costs typically range between $15,120 and $18,400.

Artificial Turf Cost vs. Sod Cost

A synthetic lawn is more expensive to install than a natural grass lawn. On average, artificial turf installation ranges between $5.45 and $20 per square foot. Sod installation runs much cheaper, costing most homeowners between $0.86 to $1.75 per square foot

Although sod is more affordable to install than artificial turf, it does require maintenance, which costs year after year. Synthetic turf can save you money in the long term due to its low-cost maintenance. 

For a 500-square-foot yard, sod adds an average lawn maintenance cost of $931 each year. With that in mind, a 500-square-foot yard of artificial grass can pay for itself in about six years. Artificial turf lasts a whopping 10 to 15 years, so you’ll enjoy this low-maintenance addition for years to come.

Artificial GrassSod
Installation in a 500-square-foot yard$6,375$665
Watering$0$98 / year
Fertilizing$0$100 / year
Lawn Services$0$733 / year
First Year Total$6,375$1,596
Additional Cost Per Year$0~$931
Total Spent After 3 Years$6,375$3,458
Total Spent After 6 Years$6,375$6,251
Total Spent After 12 Years$6,375$11,836

Note: The chart above covers the annual spending maintenance of a 500-square-foot lawn. The time it takes for an artificial yard to pay for itself may vary depending on the type of turf installed and the area’s size.

Pro Cost vs. DIY Cost

Undertaking synthetic grass installation yourself can save on labor costs. However, DIY turf installation can lead to significant mistakes that will cost you more down the road. Hire artificial turf installers instead so you can avoid these unwanted expenses.

Artificial turf installation costs most homeowners between $5.45 to $20 per square foot for materials and labor costs. 

Labor rates typically range between $3.45 and $12 per square foot. Remove the labor costs, and you’ll likely pay between $2.60 and $10.50 for the materials alone, which includes the grass, infill, and base materials. 

With that in mind: If you were to install artificial turf in a 1,000-square-foot lawn, you could expect to pay between $2,600 and $10,500 for the materials and save between $3,450 and $12,000 in labor costs. Remember that these ranges will vary depending on the type of turf you buy. 

You’ll also need to account for the cost of equipment and tools. If you don’t have any of the following tools in your tool shed, you may need to add them to your final bill:

Equipment NeededAverage Cost
Hardware nail kit$12
Turf adhesive$42
Tape measure$18
Utility knife$12
Landscaping pins$17
Hand saw$10
Claw hammer$18
Turf seam tape$13 – $35
Bow rake$24
Power drill$120
Plate compactor$95 (1-day rental)
Total$453 – $475

Cost of Artificial Turf Across the U.S.

The costs listed in this artificial turf pricing guide are all national averages. Prices for materials and labor will vary depending on where you live. Professional installers may adjust their rates depending on the region’s market and local demand for synthetic turf.

FAQ About Artificial Turf

How Do I Maintain My Artificial Turf?

Artificial turf maintenance is minimal and not nearly as expensive as natural grass maintenance. You don’t need to water, fertilize, or mow your artificial grass. But regular upkeep is still essential if you want your synthetic grass to stay beautiful and last long.

Here’s how to take care of your fake lawn:

  •  Remove dust and debris: Maintaining your turf will help ensure dust and debris don’t collect. There are many ways to keep your turf debris-free, some more effective than others. You can rinse the turf with water or use a stiff-bristled broom to remove debris. Operating a mechanical brush (known as a power brush or power broom) is the most effective debris removal method.
  • Keep your artificial grass blades pointing up: If your turf is not standing upright or is forming matted clumps, use a stiff-bristled broom or power broom to put it back in an upright position.
  • Regularly sanitize your artificial turf: Keep your artificial turf sanitized by applying a cleaning solution. If smells are an issue with your turf, you also can apply a deodorizer. When your pets use the turf to do their business, rinse and sanitize the area promptly.

What are the Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf?

Here the pros and cons of artificial grass:


✓ Saves water
✓ No fertilizer or pesticides
✓ No lawn mowing needed
✓ Some artificial turfs are made of recycled materials
✓ Can save you money in the long term
✓ Always looks good


✗ It’s made of plastic
✗ It cannot be recycled
✗ It gets hot
✗ It’s a breeding ground for bacteria
✗ Harmful runoff
✗ Produces waste in the manufacturing process
✗ Rougher than real grass
✗ Impacts the soil’s ecosystem
✗ It does not absorb carbon dioxide

How Do You Install Artificial Grass?

Here’s how to install artificial grass:

  1. First, you’ll need to remove and dispose of any material that makes up your surface. That might be natural grass or even a patch of gravel. Once the land is bare, you’ll need to slope the ground to ensure proper drainage. 
  2. Next, you will compact the ground, apply the base material that holds the artificial turf steady, compact the ground again, and then secure a geotextile weed suppressor. 
  3. Finally, you will apply the turf, trim the edges, nail it down, and then add the infill material that weighs down the turf and supports the blades.

However, you may want to stick to a pro for this project as improper installation of artificial grass can lead to costly consequences, like drainage problems. Plus, installing it yourself means you won’t have a warranty to fall back on if things go wrong.

Where to Hire a Pro for Your Artificial Grass Installation

rolls of different kinds of turf
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On average, artificial turf installation costs $12.33 per square foot for labor and materials, with a typical cost range between $5.50 and $18.75 per square foot

The cost of artificial grass installation might seem too heavy for your wallet. However, given its low maintenance needs, if the turf is well maintained and lasts a long time, it may eventually pay for itself.

Turf installation isn’t a home improvement project you should do on your own. Hire a professional artificial grass installer near your area to get the best results for your new lawn.

Note: LawnStarter may get a referral fee for matching you with contractors in your area.

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Janine Caayao

Janine Caayao

Janine Caayao has always been fascinated with growing plants, from fruits and veggies to bonsai trees and orchids. Now, she’s interested in urban gardening with her family. She loves finding new tips and tricks to keep their plants thriving.