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How Much Does New Lawn Or Turf Installation Cost?

Posted by Jerry Schill on Sep 22, 2021 12:44:23 PM
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Damaged lawn in need of new turf installationIs your turf suffering this season? Does your commercial lawn have some dead spots, or is the entire property in need of a new turf installation?

In worst-case scenarios, properties struck by severe weed or disease issues might need to be torn out and replanted from scratch. As you look ahead to prime turf seeding time in fall, you’re probably wondering: What’s the cost of installing a new lawn or turf, anyway?

Here’s a roundup of factors that impact new turf installation cost, and what you can expect to pay for various levels of seeding services your property might need this year.

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Property Size Matters in Commercial Lawn Care Cost — Every Time

Square footage rules the cost of landscape maintenance services like mowing, mulching, and installing new turf. Property size dictates the labor hours and crew size required to install new turf.

Size also determines materials costs for lawn care. That’s why a quality landscape contractor will always measure your property before providing an estimate. (There's no other way to be sure the estimate is accurate and avoid surprises on the invoice.)

It’s tough to nail down a cost per square foot for installing new lawn or turf because the condition of the grass also factors into pricing. (Read on, we’ll explain.)

What Condition Is Your Turf In? 

"Installing" new lawn or turf can mean a few different things, which depend on your turf's condition:

    1. Overseeding: Involves tilling the soil and planting seed on top of your existing turf to establish healthy, new grass.
    2. Spot planting: Involves installing new turf only to damaged areas, which could be several feet in diameter or the size of your palm.
    3. Brand-new installation: In extreme cases where your commercial property's lawn has been completely neglected or suffered through an untreated weed or disease outbreak, you may need a brand-new turf installation. This is a more involved process that requires removing all turf (weeds and all), preparing the soil, and grading the land before reseeding.

The cost of installing new turf depends entirely on how much your commercial property needs. Aerating and overseeding a property is a completely different type of project than removing and replanting an entire plot.

New Turf Installation Cost vs. the Price Of Overseeding

Now you’re wondering, how much more does it cost to plant an entire property of new turf versus overseeding? Remember, overseeding is a routine process, and installing new turf is labor intensive.

If your property is 10,000 square feet, aeration and overseeding will cost in the neighborhood of $400 to $500. (There are always variables that will increase or reduce the price.) If you completely refresh your lawn and install new turf on a 10,000-square-foot commercial property, that could cost $3,000 or more.

Preserve Your Turf With Regular Landscape Maintenance

Schill Grounds Management commercial landscaping professional on riding mower No property manager wants to budget for installing new turf. It’s labor intensive and expensive, not to mention your property will be “under construction” for an extended period of time. Seed takes about six weeks to establish — and it will take longer before the turf fills in and looks lush.

You don’t want to go that route unless you have to. So be sure to provide your lawn with proper nutrients, irrigate appropriately, and enlist a reputable commercial lawn care professional that can give you honest advice on how to best manage weeds, disease, and other turf damage concerns.

Contact us today, and let’s talk about how you can make the most of your turf this season and plan ahead for potential repairs when the weather’s just right this fall.

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Topics: Irrigation, Landscape Maintenance, Commercial Landscaping, Turf Installation

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