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Guide to Buy Artificial Grass

So you have decided to finally start pursuing your artificial grass project. But where do you even start? Below, we will walk you through some dos and don'ts when choosing the best artificial grass on the market. Learn the best way to shop for turf and best practices when it comes to purchasing artificial grass.

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How to Measure Your Space

How to Buy Artificial Grass

Buying for Your Intended Use

Finding Artificial Turf That Meets Your Budget

Artificial grass was invented in the 1960s, but there’s been a lot of new developments in the last few years. The market has grown to include dozens of companies, each with its own product offerings. Shopping for artificial grass can be overwhelming when faced with so many different options.

The following are our recommendations for buying the best artificial grass on the market. Hear professional tips prior to making the final selection to ensure you're basking in the benefits of installing artificial grass for years to come! 

How to Measure Your Space

Measuring your area is a very important part of the process. You'll want to make sure the dimensions you've measured are accurate before you buy artificial grass or you'll more than likely run into issues during installation. A common mistake that people make is purchasing artificial grass for their exact square footage rather than focusing on the measurements. If you don't pay attention to the dimensions you're purchasing, you'll have to make several cuts and seam the grass together in multiple areas causing the installation to become much more tricky. 

If your space is shaped irregularly, use the dimensions from the widest points to ensure you can cover the entire area. Because most turf is manufactured in rolls that are 15 ft. wide, you'll often need to purchase more artificial grass than necessary and cut it to size. On average, you'll want to factor in about 10% of waste material into your budget. For assistance determining roll lengths, check out our other publication here

How to Buy Artificial Grass


Many people think that shopping for artificial grass in-store is the best option because you're able to see the product in person and compare them in your hands. Shopping in-store can be beneficial as well because you're able to discuss the project with an expert who can guide you through the browsing process and help you narrow down your options. However, often you'll pay more when shopping for turf in a brick and mortar store in comparison to purchasing online. 


When you buy synthetic grass online from retailers such as InstallArtificial, you're able to compare artificial grass from multiple trusted suppliers under one roof. We offer artificial grass from four of the most reliable turf providers that ship nationwide. To make sure you get an unbiased professional opinion, we also administer performance tests on every product sold to ensure quality. Check out our TurfLab on each product page to see test results for wear and tear resistance, shock absorbance, recovery rate, temperature, and more! 

Ordering Samples: You can order samples when browsing for turf online, and compare your favorites from the comfort of your home! You'll be able to see the differences in shade, texture, thatch, and pile height in your own hands. Many people prefer seeing samples at home rather than in-store because you can compare them to natural lawns to see which provides the best fit for you! 

Speaking With Professionals: Doing a DIY turf project and need assistance from professional installers? We're always here to help! When you submit a request to purchase turf with us, we can help assess the project area and advise on the amount of turf needed as well as the easiest installation methods. We're here to support you throughout the entire turf installation process

Because we work with these suppliers daily by submitting a high volume of order requests, we're given extra promotions and reduced pricing that we pass on to you! Saving money to receive the same high-quality materials while not having to leave the couch sounds pretty great, right?

From Resellers

These days many are trying to be more environmentally conscious and save a few bucks, and purchasing used fake grass from resellers has become a common trend. While this can provide you with extra savings, it's extremely hard to find a reputable and trusted company. Often, the used synthetic grass they offer is either low-quality or the material has been extremely compromised and won't last nearly as long. 

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Buying for Your Intended Use

Before you begin comparing artificial turf materials, make sure you know what your intended use for the new artificial lawn space will be. Some popular applications are pet-friendly turf, regular landscaping, playground turf, rooftops/balconies, and putting greens. For different applications, the appropriate artificial turf material will vary.

If you're not quite sure what the priority is for your synthetic turf project, ask yourself these few questions:

  • Is this a high-traffic area? If so, quick recovery and durability will be most important.
  • Do you have pets that will use the restroom on the turf? If so, you'll artificial grass that's permeable and offers advanced drainage. Opt for antibacterial infill as well! 
  • What's more important function, or feel? Soft grass that provides a bunch of cushioning may be the most desirable, but it will be trickier to maintain and may mat down quicker. 
  • Is this for a children's play area? If children will be present, make sure you choose something durable, but soft. You'll also prioritize artificial grass that stays the coolest on hot days! 
  • Is this going to be used for recreation? If so, we'd recommend opting for synthetic turf with a lower pile height that will resist wear and tear.

Finding Turf That Meets Your Budget

Cost is always going to be an important factor when considering buying artificial grass. It can be tricky to find the best artificial grass for your needs at a price that meets your budget. Browse our selection online. You'll find affordable turf, premium turf, and everything else in between. We offer a wide variety of fake grass, so you'll be sure to find something that fits your budget.

You will have to look past sticker price, and compare artificial grass vs. natural grass. Looking at the long-term savings on watering and maintenance—the value is obvious! You’ll have less hassle with mowing, weeding, and fertilizing, and you’ll increase your home’s value! 

Ready to Start Shopping?

Now that you understand your budget, your needs, and the amount of artificial turf needed for your project all that's left to do is find your favorites! Start shopping online for artificial grass on our easy-to-use online store that categorizes products by brand, use, and turf assessment results to narrow down your search quickly! Want to sit back and relax while professionals handle the entire installation? Request a custom estimate for artificial grass installation below! 

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