Are you considering laying instant lawn in your garden? Here’s a guide on what it will cost
What is the price of instant turf?
Everybody wants value for money, but how do you work out what is value for you? Maybe you have just built or purchased the house of your dreams and want your neighbours to think it is pretty cool too. Just like floor coverings inside your home the lawn you choose for the outside will play a huge role in how good your home will look and how easy it is to keep looking good year after year.
The average price of installed instant turf is around $30 per square metre. Price depends on variety selected, preparation needs. However, most projects will cost between $27 and $34 per square metre.
You can expect to pay between $7.00 – $14.00 per metre of turf before installation. It’s advisable to use landscapers accredited in lawn installation and irrigation to ensure it’s done right. However, if you don’t mind a bit of elbow grease in the garden, you can install your instant lawn yourself and save money on labour while getting in a bit of exercise and vitamin D.
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Instant turf pricing example
The cost difference between the cheapest and most expensive lawn is not as big as you think. For example, on an average 40m2 area, basic Kikuyu will cost around $320 while DNA Certified Sir Walter costs $480, this is a difference of $160. When you consider that the ongoing maintenance on the cheaper lawn is higher, the higher costing lawn upfront is actually the least expensive to invest in.
How the cost of lawn compares to other outdoor surfaces?
|Outdoor Surface||Price Per Square Metre (m2)|
|Natural Turf||$27.30 – $33.75|
|Artificial Turf||$56.75 – $279.25|
|Concrete||$80.00 – $150.00|
|Pavers||$143.50 – $216.50|
A Turf Australia survey showed the average person expects to pay $15 per metre of lawn. Laying instant turf is a very affordable landscaping option for your garden, even with premium instant turf it’s an inexpensive choice, not to mention the added benefits of natural lawn to your home.
Benefits of choosing natural instant lawn
Did you know that lawn is:
- 20% cooler than bare ground,
- 30% cooler than concrete or pavers,
- 40% cooler than synthetic lawn
That means a whole lot of savings in electricity and cooling costs. Lawn also increases the value of your home by up to 18%, on a home worth $400,000 with 100 square metres of lawn you could add $75,000 for the outlay of $3,000.
Why do different lawn types vary in price?
First we need to point out that each lawn type has different attributes that suit different uses and environments.
- Kikuyu grass is a quick grower that is great for open spaces where you need rapid spread
- Couch grass loves full sun and is great for sporting areas where you require hard playing surfaces
- Buffalo grass is perfect for homes in full sun or shade where you want low maintenance and a soft lawn for your family to play on
Price differences are largely attributed to the time your instant lawn needs to be nurtured on the farm before it’s ready to harvest. The less expensive lawns grow rapidly, costing less time and money from planting to harvesting. A slower growing lawn takes longer, costing more before it is delivered to you.
- Kikuyu, a rapid grower, will take 6 – 9 months from planting to harvest
- Buffalo is slower growing and takes 12-18 months to be harvest ready
Which lawn is right for you?
With all the different instant lawn options, the great part is that you get to choose what works best for you. A high maintenance grass requires more mowing and tends to get friendly with your garden beds, costing money and time. If you love spending time working in the garden this might be the one for you. Lower maintenance grass looks good with less work, saving you money and time. Great if you want to spend time looking at your garden from a garden chair.
Choosing the right instant turf to suit your needs is important to your long-term satisfaction and hip pocket. Getting it right the first time saves you stress. Choosing your lawn on what is most suitable for your lifestyle and outdoor environment, not on price, will actually save you money in the long run. It’s a great idea to seek advice from your local accredited lawn growers who understand lawns and can provide you with accurate information helping you make a confident cost effective decision.
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