The cost of installing artificial grass will vary depending on the nature of the ground onto which it is going to be laid. If there are unexpected surprises underneath the existing grass such as large tree roots or sandstone, the costs could start to blow out.

One of the ways in which you may be planning on saving some money in the purchase of your new artificial grass is to do the installation yourself. Whilst this may be a great idea in theory, it might be worthwhile to run some numbers just to work out whether you will be saving money or paying more.

To do a comparison of the cost of installing synthetic grass yourself and getting a professional synthetic grass installer to do it we can look at some rough price guides. The cost of a DIY synthetic grass installation can range anywhere from $2 - $8 a square foot depending on how many tools you already own and how many you have to hire or buy. The kinds of tools that you might require include a sod cutter and a compactor. A professional installation job can cost between $8 and $20 a square foot. The wide range is due to the variations in the actual work that may be required. If the installation involves many tight corners and unusual shapes, the time and work require will increase which will increase the costs.

Something important to note, the smaller the area that is to be covered by artificial grass, the higher the per foot installation costs are going to be. The reason for this is the equipment supply is going to be the same regardless of the size of the installation.

When you buy synthetic grass you should be supplied with an installation guide that will list all of the steps involved in the installation. This is a necessity for someone who has never done the job before because it's not as simple as rolling out the grass and nailing it down. A lot of preparation work is required and there are a number of layers to be put down to ensure drainage and shock absorption is done properly.

It is critical that the surface onto which the artificial grass is going to be laid is flat without any bumps or potholes. Any slight deviation in the surface of the ground is going to translate into a permanent mound or hole in your new artificial lawn.

Following the installation there will also be some extra costs if you are going to prolong the life of your grass and give it the care it requires. Synthetic grass maintenance requires tools such as stiff brushes and brooms to regularly remove loose debris and to revive crushed or flattened grass. A leaf blower or vacuum will also come in very handy to shift dirt and grit that has become lodged deeply between the grass fibers. A yearly clean with a liquid cleaner will also revive and sanitize the synthetic grass for the year ahead.

Be careful with choosing to do your own installation. Check the warranty to see what a self-installation means. In some cases the act of not using a professional installation expert may void the warranty, which would leave you high and dry if something were to happen and you wanted some after sales support. Make sure you find out from the manufacturer what it means if you choose to do your own installation.

The price of synthetic grass is already expensive enough without running the risk of doing a poor job of installing it. If you are not proficient at performing landscaping work it would be much more advisable to get an installation professional to do the job, pay the extra costs and finish up with a yard that looks spectacular.