How much can you save with artificial grass?

Switching to artificial grass can lead to various savings compared to natural grass over time. Sure, let's break down the potential savings of artificial turf compared to natural grass using specific data.

Water Savings

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American household uses about 320 gallons of water per day, with outdoor water use accounting for approximately 30% of total household usage.

A study conducted by the Southern Nevada Water Authority found that a square foot of natural grass lawn in a desert climate like Las Vegas requires about 73 gallons of water per year to maintain.

In contrast, artificial turf requires no watering once installed.

Let's assume you have a 1,000 square foot lawn

Natural grass water usage: 73 gallons/sq ft/year * 1,000 sq ft = 73,000 gallons/year

With artificial turf: 0 gallons/year

Water cost savings: (73,000 gallons - 0 gallons) * cost per gallon of water = savings on water bill

Maintenance Savings

The American Society of Landscape Architects estimates that the average homeowner spends 40 hours per year mowing a 1,000 square foot lawn.

Additionally, there are costs associated with fertilizing, aerating, and pest control for natural grass.

Let's assume Average cost of lawn care services: $30/hour

Cost of fertilizers, pesticides, and other lawn care products: $200/year

Maintenance cost savings: 40 hours/year * $30/hour + $200/year = total savings on maintenance

Long-Term Durability

Artificial turf typically lasts 15-20 years with proper maintenance, while natural grass may need to be replaced or reseeded every 5-10 years.

Let's assume 

Cost of artificial turf installation for a 1,000 square foot lawn: $10,000

Cost of replacing natural grass lawn every 10 years: $5,000

Long-term durability savings: ($5,000/10 years * 2 replacements) - $10,000 = total savings over 20 years

Other Savings

Reduced need for lawn equipment can result in additional savings on equipment purchase, maintenance, and fuel costs.

By adding up these savings, you can estimate the total amount of money artificial turf can save over time.By adding up these savings, you can estimate the total amount of money artificial turf can save over time.It's important to note that the actual savings will vary depending on factors such as the size of your lawn, local water costs, climate. 

But on long-term costs alone, there’s only one winner!