Artificial turf in the garden - tips on buying and laying

Artificial turf in the garden - tips on buying and laying

Artificial turf on the test bench - advantages and disadvantages at a glance

Well cared for, real lawn is a feast for the eyes. However, moles, weeds, moss and continuous rain often thwart the hardworking gardener. Not to mention the time-consuming maintenance program. Artificial grass puts an end to this inconvenience. The high-tech green is still not the ultimate, because there are disadvantages. We have compiled the most important pros and cons for you below:

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  • mimics real lawn perfectly
  • for all sunny, partially shaded and shady locations
  • no more watering, mowing, fertilizing, scarifying
  • ideal as a playground for young and old
  • Swimming pool can remain standing
  • Lifespan up to 15 years
  • made of harmless polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE)
  • positive environmental balance


  • expensive to buy
  • sensitive to dirt
  • Flammable, therefore not suitable for barbecue parties
  • Cheap products not suitable for walking barefoot

Artificial turf for the garden - price examples

The financial aspect is considered to be the greatest inhibition threshold when deciding between real turf and artificial turf. Those who lay the artificial green themselves and reduce their demands a little can still cope with the costs. The following table gives an overview of the range in the cost structure:

artificial grassheightPrice per m²
for camping and balconies9 mm9.95 euros
Playing lawn30 mm29.95 euros
Ornamental lawn35 mm34.95 euros
Premium quality36 mm49.95 euros

Artificial turf made from C-shape yarn is new on the market. The particular advantage lies in the dimensional stability, so that you can leave your children's swimming pool on these surfaces throughout the summer. With a product height of 32 mm, C-shape artificial turf costs 32.95 euros per square meter.

Laying artificial turf yourself - a quick guide

First of all, the old sod is completely removed and the surface is straightened with topsoil. Using paving sand, create a 10 cm thick bed of sand that you moisten, roll and smooth. How to proceed:

  • Spread geo-fleece on the sand and fix with anchors
  • Roll out the artificial turf and smooth it out
  • Fasten the surface with artificial turf anchors every 50 cm
  • When laying with seams: fold both sides and cut off a 3 cm wide border
  • Lay special artificial turf tape, fold back the turf and press it on
  • Cut off protruding edges with a utility knife

Finally, brush the lawn thoroughly with a stiff broom.


As an outdoor covering for the self-built garden sauna, artificial turf is a decorative and easy-care option as an outdoor covering. Compared to natural stone paving, the artificial green is also an inexpensive alternative for setting up loungers or a small pool on it.