Real Grass VS Artificial Grass: Cost & Benefits

What is the better option? Real grass or artificial grass?

While artificial grass can have its advantages, is it better than having a real lawn. Or do the benefits of natural grass far outweigh those of the artificial variety?

These are the questions we’ll be answering in this post.

Artificial Grass Cost

For a high-quality artificial turf in Australia, you would expect to pay somewhere from $30 to $50 per square metre. There are quite a few varieties to choose from on the market, but to ensure the best quality and longest-wearing artificial grass, you’ll likely be paying a minimum of $30 per square metre of artificial turf.

Keep in mind that the above prices are just to purchase the artificial grass. You’ll then need to spend money on having it professionally installed. If your yard requires excavation, having your artificial turf professionally laid could end up costing over $100 per square metre.

Artificial Grass Benefits

The most obvious benefit of having an artificial lawn is that it never needs mowing. It also doesn’t require watering. Artificial grass, once installed, is very low-maintenance.

Another key thing to note is there are far fewer ongoing costs with maintaining an artificial lawn. Having artificial grass will also save you time if you lead a busy lifestyle, as you won’t have to do much to look after it.

Real Grass Cost

When it comes to the cost of installing real turf, prices can vary quite a lot depending on the type of grass you want to be laid. It will also depend on the company installing your new lawn how much the labour costs will be. It’s going to vary, so it pays to take some time to shop around. The price will also be affected by how much ground preparation is required.

The average price of purchasing turf and having it installed is around $30 per square metre, but this can vary quite a lot. Some turf is extremely cheap to buy, while other grass is quite expensive.

A real lawn also requires regular mowing and maintenance, so there are ongoing costs involved in having real turf.

Real Grass Benefits

Anything that’s natural is hard to beat. While the low-maintenance of artificial grass may sound appealing, it’s nothing like the real thing.

A genuine lawn is far better for the environment. There’s also something about the look, feel and smell of real grass that’s a natural stress reliever. Anything in nature helps to reduce stress levels and the grass is no different. It also improves your overall wellness levels, physically and mentally.

When it comes to kids playing on grass, real grass is definitely the hands-down winner. Artificial grass can be very hard, and it tends to burn the skin if you slide on it. Real grass, on the other hand, is moist and soft, and natural.


Real grass is far superior to artificial grass. If you would like to discuss your options and discover the best choice of lawn for your yard, give the experts at Hort Culture a call. We’re here to help.

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