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Artificial Grass Cost Comparison

See the true maintenance cost savings between artificial grass and traditional sod in Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix landscaping has become more accepting of artificial grass lawn designs in recent years. Artificial grass provides a cost-effective solution for nearly every landscaping need. It meets many HOA requirements, and saves homeowners time that they otherwise would spend maintaining a traditional sod lawn.

Decades ago, artificial grass was stiff and clearly looked fake. Today, turf fibers are long and full for a soft surface that looks just as natural as it does beautiful. While there is a higher initial investment, the true cost of installation depends on your terrain and design complexity. Synthetic turf landscaping does pay off over time, especially in a dry, drought-prone environment like the Southwest.

Traditional Sod and Artificial Grass Cost Comparison

There is a much larger selection of turf available today compared to the early 1980s when artificial grass was first introduced to the market. We offer blends that mimic Bermuda, Fescue, St. Augustine, Bluegrass, Centipede, Rye, and Zoysia. The cost for each varies, but our team can help you choose the one that is ideal for your use.

Traditional Sod Turf

Artificial Grass

Price based on square foot (area of space) Price based on square foot (area of space)
Sold in pre-grown grass mats (rolls) Sold in rolls (sometimes scraps)

Professional Installation Quote Complexity:

First, it’s important to be aware of all the costs involved in the installation process of both landscaping solutions. Follow this checklist to get a feel for what will factor into your quote:

  • Is your lawn flat and square or does it have undulations and irregular corners?
  • Is there adequate access* to the backyard from the street?
    *Landscape designs that require tree or rock removal will require a rototiller, which requires 7′ clearance.
  • Is the quote only for a lawn or does it include other special features?
  • Will you need to install or remove an irrigation system?
  • Do you plan to cover or create hills, terracing or other inclines on your lawn?

DIY Installation Estimate:

Installing traditional sod yourself does not always cost less than trusting a professional. In fact, the experts over at HomeAdvisor surveyed 69 members and found that the price of a DIY project can be roughly $2,000. This includes all the tools and maintenance needed to ensure healthy growth of sod. An expert will be able to better assess your current ground conditions and make accommodations to ensure proper drainage and ground support for recreational activities.

Continued Maintenance Costs:

Maintenance costs depend on several factors including lawn size, surrounding vegetation, and equipment. Here are some of the ongoing costs required to maintain either a traditional or an artificial turf lawn:

Traditional Sod Maintenance Costs

Artificial Turf Maintenance Costs

Lawn maintenance equipment Replacement turf stakes
Heavy watering (daily) Stiff broom
Mowing/trimming Light watering (rinse surface once a week or so)
Fertilization Odor-absorbing crystals for pet areas (optional)
Irrigation and lawn equipment repairs
Sod replacement (for brown areas)


As Phoenix-area residents face tighter HOA requirements, an artificial grass lawn far outweighs the lower cost of traditional sod. Best of all, it still looks great without the need of a lawnmower or an edger. Reach out to our experts today to get a free professional estimate from Celebrity Greens. Our products include a 8-year manufacturers warranty and are trusted by PGA professionals and celebrities nationwide.