Site Plan & Layout
The first step is for us to visit the project site, take measurements and draw up a site plan. With the layout of the turf, we aim to maximize the ‘optimal viewing angle’ of the turf and minimize waste. On average, there is usually 10-20% waste on turf projects. The waste factor will vary depending on the shape of your project. For instance, a “pie shaped” yard will generate a lot more waste than a rectangular yard. The turf is rolled out like carpet and typically comes in 15-foot widths. In this example, the seams are drawn with a dotted line.
Artificial Turf, Weed Barrier Fabric, Class II Road Base or other base material, Decomposed Granite, Infill, Bender Board, Nails
Laborers, Driver, Supervisor, Estimator
Dump Fees, Gas Costs, Delivery Fees, etc.
Office Rent, Insurance, Bonding, etc.
Four Main Costs
There are four main costs that make up an artificial grass project: materials, operational costs, labor, and company overhead. A synthetic grass estimate will list the costs for the materials and labor needed to complete the job, and should be enough to cover operational expenses for the project as well as contribute to paying the company overhead.
Brown Poly Board is a mid-level edging option, available in 2” x 4” x 20’ pieces. Other options: a natural edge (no edging), steel header (premium).
One stake is needed for every two feet of edging.
1 roll of weed barrier covers 1500 square feet.
We install 3-4” of Class II Recycled Road Base, which is a mixture of recycled concrete, sand, rocks. This is compacted down to ensure a hard, flat surface for the grass that will not be compromised with time, while allowing permeating of water to trickle down to the water table. **This is the most important part of the installation! Without a proper base, you risk your lawn looking lumpy after some time.
¼” Decomposed Granite on top of the road base, and compacted down, ensures a smooth surface.
Prices and styles vary. Must account for waste when ordering. We use reputable manufacturers who stand behind their product and provide the best warranty.
We use 5” galvanized nails, every 6” around the edge and 12-24” in the field.
We use a 50-50 blend of silica sand and volcanic ash. One and half pounds of infill per square foot.
Dump fees vary depending on the weight of the load, whether it is mostly grass, whether the material is wet, if there is concrete or other debris that is included. For an average 1,000 square foot lawn, we would have roughly two trips to the dump (two truckloads of grass and dirt).
Fueling costs vary depending on the proximity to the dump, trips needed for material runs, and the weight of the materials that we hauling away.
A typical installation will receive 2-3 deliveries with varying costs, depending on the vendor. For this example, we will assume 2 deliveries, for the grass material and substrate materials.