Per Square Metre Pricing For Artificial Grass

A Look at Artificial Grass Installation Costs

Whether you’re fed up with your lawn looking like a muddy field, or you just want a low-maintenance garden so you can bin the lawnmower, artificial grass could be the solution.

  • No more grass cutting.
  • Say adios to hayfever.
  • Mud and bare patches will be a thing of the past, as will summer scorch.
  • No watering.
  • Forget nasty weedkillers.
  • Ditch the fertilisers.

With artificial grass, you’ll have a beautiful green lawn all year round, including in the winter when other lawns look muddy and worn.

There is so much to like about artificial grass, but how much does it cost?

More specifically, how much does artificial grass cost to install per square metre?

Our Artificial Grass Installation Prices

Below you’ll find two price lists, one for the supply and professional installation of artificial grass in your garden.

The second price list provides a square metre price for the supply of artificial grass for a DIY installation and includes everything a DIYer will need, including sand and weed proof membrane. This price excludes the labour cost of the installation.

Prices Per Square

Here is our price list for the professional installation of artificial grass per square metre.

1-50 sq mtrs
Budget Range
£70
Standard Range
£80
Premium Range
£85
51-100 sq mtrs
Budget Range
£60
Standard Range
£70
Premium Range
£75
101-150 sq mtrs
Budget Range
£50
Standard Range
£60
Premium Range
£70
151-200 sq mtrs
Budget Range
£50
Standard Range
£60
Premium Range
£70
201-250 sq mtrs
Budget Range
£50
Standard Range
£60
Premium Range
£70
250+ sq mtrs
Budget Range
£50
Standard Range
£60
Premium Range
£65

How to Use The Price Table

You should first measure your lawn area to calculate how many square metres of artificial grass you’ll need.

This calculator can help you if your garden has an irregular shape.

Then select which type of artificial grass best suits your needs – budget range, standard or premium.

The price per square metre is shown in the corresponding box.

What’s Included in the Price Table Above

The price table above includes all of the following:

Excavation of the garden – the depth will vary, but the topsoil and any grass, etc., need to be scraped off to a depth of around 100mm.

Weed proof membrane – this stops weeds from growing through the artificial grass.

Sub-base installation – hardcore is crushed and compacted, which provides a solid base for the new artificial grass.

Perimeter fixings – artificial grass should be secured to treated timbers that are embedded in the ground.

Bedding sand – a layer of sand placed on top of the compacted hardcore and below the artificial grass. This acts as a cushion.

Finishing sand – this is brushed into the artificial grass to help secure it in place and mask the backing layer. It also makes the artificial grass more comfortable underfoot.

Waste disposal – the excavation of 100mm of topsoil in a 50 sq metre lawn would create enough waste to fill a very large skip or two smaller skips. Waste disposal is included in the prices shown above.

VAT – Value Added Tax is included in the prices shown above.

The Three Types of Artificial Grass Explained

There are three types of artificial grass to choose from:

Budget Range – This material is the thinnest you can buy, often 20mm or less. It’s fairly hard underfoot, and at the lower end of the price range, it won’t have the longevity of more expensive products, especially if subjected to lots of foot traffic and usage. This type of artificial grass is often found at events or on displays but could be suitable for a garden that receives little foot traffic/wear.

Standard Range – With thicknesses varying from 25-35mm, grasses in this range also have more strands per square metre and are much heavier and softer underfoot. They are designed to last longer under normal usage and are suitable for families and pets.

Premium Range – The most expensive artificial grasses are usually 35mm or thicker and have a higher density of fibres, are softer underfoot and are designed to last longer, even with frequent usage and foot traffic. They also have the most realistic appearance.

DIY Installation Price

Below you’ll find our second price table which incudes prices for the supply of artificial grass and all the materials a DIYer needs to install it.

The prices below exclude the cost of the labour, waste disposal and tool hire etc.

1-50 sq mtrs
Budget Range
£35
Standard Range
£45
Premium Range
£55
51-100 sq mtrs
Budget Range
£32.50
Standard Range
£42.50
Premium Range
£52.50
100+ sq mtrs
Budget Range
£30
Standard Range
£40
Premium Range
£50

This is What’s Included in the DIY Artificial Grass Installation Prices

The DIY prices above exclude the cost of the labour, tool hire, equipment and waste disposal but include:

  • The artificial grass.
  • Weed proof membrane.
  • Hardcore (also known as MOT Type 1).
  • Perimeter fixings (timber).
  • Sand.
  • VAT.
  • Delivery 

Price Breakdown

Below is a price breakdown where you can see exactly how much each of the materials cost per square metre.

You’ll find this table very helpful if you’re planning a DIY installation.

All of the prices include delivery and VAT and are per square metre unless stated in brackets ().

Budget Range Artificial Grass
Price Per Square Metre:
£12
Standard Range Artificial Grass
Price Per Square Metre:
£25
Premium Range Artificial Grass
Price Per Square Metre:
£35
Perimeter Fixings (4x2 timber)
Price Per Square Metre:
£5 (per linear metre)
Weedproof Membrane
Price Per Square Metre:
£1.75
Hardcore Type 1 MOT
Price Per Square Metre:
£6.50
Sand Base and Finishing Sand
Price Per Square Metre:
£5
Sundries (cement, fixings, etc)
Price Per Square Metre:
~£1

Get a Custom Price For Artificial Grass

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The Bottom Line on Artificial Grass

The quality of artificial grass has improved considerably over the last 15 years and is now a practical and aesthetic alternative to real grass.

DIY installation prices for a typical installation range from £35 to £55 per square metre, but you’ll probably need to hire or buy some tools and arrange for waste disposal too.

Professional installation prices for a typical installation range from £50 to just over £85 per square metre, depending on the quality of the grass.

Prices may be cheaper per square for very large gardens and cost more per square metre for smaller gardens due to the economics of scale.

Don’t forget; if you have a very uneven garden, you may need to fill in large areas with more MOT type 1 hardcore at extra cost.

Also, the prices on this page exclude:

  • New soakaway construction.
  • Drainage.
  • New raised flowerbeds, walls, brick or patio work etc.

Hence why one should always get a fixed custom quote before planning r budgeting for a project like this.

Where Did These Prices Come From?

We sourced prices for the professional installation of artificial grass from installer price lists that we found via Google searches and also from home improvement price research websites such as Quotation Check and Job Prices. We then took an average of the figures per square metre.

For our DIY price guide, we used The Calculator Site to work out how much of each material we needed and then gathered prices from online retailers that sold and delivered the materials, including:

Grass Direct (Artificial Grass and weed membrane)

Travis Perkins (timber sand and MOT 1)

We also checked Perfect Grass Ltd’s installation guide so the method and materials we recommended were suitable and appropriate.

Can an Artificial Grass Installation be Completed Cheaper?

Of course, there will always be firms that can sell and/or install artificial grass for less than the prices we’ve suggested on this page.

Some firms use less hardcore in the base; others use less sand to reduce costs.

Some don’t use timber at the perimeter and just rely on the sand to hold the grass in the place.

Smaller firms don’t charge VAT if they have yearly earnings below a certain threshold, and some firms always use the cheapest materials they can find.

Also, there is a huge difference in the profits a larger company will expect to make compared to a smaller business.

As always, our advice is to source quotes from several different suppliers and installers for comparsion.

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