It doesn’t take long to justify the cost of a synthetic lawn once you avail yourself of the facts and figures. Regardless of your regional location, be it in a dry and arid State such as California or Arizona, or in a more climatically moderate State such as New York, it’s easy to see why a synthetic lawn makes sense.
The first stumbling block for many people is the aesthetics. Synthetic grass can provide you with a beautiful lawn without the hassle and expense of trying to maintain a problem-plagued natural lawn. Once people come to realize that an artificial lawn can look every bit as good as a well maintained natural lawn, without the cost and hassle of maintenance, they soon look to the next stage which is most commonly financial.
How Much Should a Synthetic Lawn Cost?
Broadly speaking the costs are broken down as follows:
1 – Initial preparation cost
These costs include removing and disposing of old turf and leveling and preparation of the surface.
Removing and disposing of the old turf is a relatively simple task which can be undertaken by the homeowner or by a landscape contractor. Different States have different requirements for disposal of turf. Mostly, New York included, it can be disposed of at little cost at a municipal collection/drop-off facility.
Cutting the old turf to remove it can be done manually, or you can rent equipment from most commercial equipment rental companies to make the task easier.
2 – Ground Preparation
For larger installations we recommend the use of an installation contractor, and we can connect you with a licensed contractor in the State of New York or anywhere else in the country.
If using one of our recommended contractors / Landscape Architects, we’ll ask for a few basic preparation steps to be in place when they arrive, such as:
– Ensuring that the intended installation area is accessible.
– Ensuring we have a clear path to the work area with a minimum of thirty inches width for equipment to pass through.
– Turn sprinklers off for the duration of the installation.
– Clear the area of all debris and cut the grass close before the installation.
SmartGrass© must inspect the ground preparation prior to installation if you choose to perform this process on your own.
3 – Drainage Issues
We recommend that larger areas are surveyed prior to installation of the synthetic lawn system to determine that the area has suitable drainage properties.
Here are some basic guidelines to follow:
– SmartGrass© is designed to be permeable to water and air and has a much improved evaporation rate over natural grass. The type of ground below the SmartGrass© turf will ultimately determine the overall rate of evaporation and drainage.
– If the inherent drainage prior to the installation is good, then installing SmartGrass© synthetic turf will not diminish your site’s ability to handle water. If drainage is poor (standing water or puddles after a watering cycle or rain storm) then our installation contractor can assess the situation and where necessary, install drains prior to installing the synthetic turf.
Obviously the costs associated with ground preparation will vary depending on your specific situation, but in most cases the task of preparation is fairly straightforward and the costs quite low.
All told the average initial investment cost for a SmartGrass© synthetic turf lawn is around $8.00 per square foot. This compares with the initial investment for a natural sod turf lawn of around $2.00 per square foot. So clearly the initial cost of an artificial turf lawn is higher, but there is a fairly quick payback.
Let’s take a look at some of the operational costs so we can see how the costs pan out over the longer term.
Cost Comparison For a 1000 sq ft Lawn – Synthetic VS Natural Grass
Clearly you can see from the above that though the initial investment costs are higher, the ongoing maintenance costs are minimal when compared to natural grass. (Figures assuming the installation of a SmartGrass© synthetic lawn system, other companies may result in a higher cost).
Based on the above numbers, you can see that the ongoing costs of maintaining a conventional lawn, when factoring for mowing, reseeding, irrigation, treatment etc, run on average around $2k – $4K per year, depending on the costs of any auto-irrigation system.
The above numbers provide a return on investment within 3 years. However, if you went down the natural grass route and needed to install a new auto-irrigation system, then the ROI of the synthetic lawn would drop to 2 years.
Here is a simple graph showing these findings:
In New York and across the nation, high quality synthetic lawns have become a proven and cost-effective alternative to traditional lawns. You eliminate watering, mowing, fertilizing and reseeding. Pet damage, allergies, muddy paw prints and harmful chemicals are a thing of the past.
Synthetic lawns are safe, environmentally friendly, kid friendly and pet friendly. They handle pet urine and other contaminants better than any natural lawn and have a typical lifespan of 15-20 years.
Our products are used on a wide range of applications, including:
- Lawns, commercial, sports and residential [read more]
- Putting Greens [read more]
- Pet areas [read more]
- Playgrounds [read more]
- Pool Landscaping [read more]
There’s never been a better time to switch to a new SmartGrass© lawn – Contact us today and ask to speak with a representative!