It may sound like a cliché, but the word “trucgrass” means “carpet” in the English language.
But, it’s not.
A word used to describe the thick, white turf that covers lawns across the country, turfgrass is the most expensive turf grass, costing a whopping $14.49 per acre.
That’s up from $7.39 per acre in 2014.
The same turf grass can cost up to $15 per acre, making it the most-expensive turf grass in the country.
And that’s only for the first year.
When it rained, the price of turfgrass plummeted.
In 2015, it rose by a third.
The turfgrass market grew faster than prices for other lawn products, according to a report published this month by the American Lawn Association.
When turfgrass prices spike, other lawns take notice.
That happened with grass at all cost.
That led to turfgrass competition from other grasses, which were able to make more money.
“The prices of other grass species increased substantially and so did the demand for turfgrass,” says Bill Miller, a turfgrass expert and director of the American Turf Grass Association.
“There were no turfgrass products that were available at the same prices as turfgrass.”
Turfgrass prices have soared because turfgrass-related lawns are so competitive, Miller says.
“They’re so easy to grow and so easy for people to harvest.
They’re also more versatile,” Miller says, meaning that they can be used for many uses, from mulching to mulching shrubs and other perennials.
“A lot of these species, they grow on their own or they’re cultivated for seedlings,” Miller explains.
The industry’s popularity means turfgrass lawns also grow faster than other lawn varieties.
“It’s kind of like the super-mower,” Miller points out.
The new turfgrass has made its way into lawns, as well as into gardens, as farmers have been looking for a cheaper alternative to hardier hardy lawns.
The average price of a typical lawn has climbed from $9.75 per acre to $14 in just the past five years, according the American Grassland Association.
It’s still too expensive to buy turfgrass from your local garden store, but that hasn’t stopped lawn enthusiasts from stocking up on the stuff.
Miller says people are spending $40 per acre on a lawn in 2019, up from a few hundred dollars in the early 2000s.
“We’re seeing a tremendous increase in demand,” Miller said.
“And that’s a good thing.”
In addition to the growing popularity of turf, the industry also saw the need for turf fertilizers.
“People are using a lot of different types of fertilizers for their lawns,” Miller added.
“Some are organic, some are organic-grade, and some are synthetic-grade.”
A synthetic-fertilizer lawn fertilizer that costs $6.99 per ounce costs $2,300.
The synthetic-fermenting lawn fertilizer, on the other hand, is $1,800.
“You can find a lot more for less,” Miller explained.
That said, the synthetic fertilizers aren’t the only grass products that have jumped in price.
Miller points to two other products that are growing fast in popularity.
The first is the synthetic turf grass.
“If you look at turfgrass as a whole, the number of varieties that are available has gone from one to more than 20,” Miller told ABC News.
The company is making a hybrid, which uses a combination of synthetic and hardier lawn ingredients.
“This grass is one of the most cost-effective varieties out there for your turf,” Miller adds.
Miller also points to the use of organic turfgrass, which has a higher percentage of the mineral nutrients than synthetic grass.
That means organic turf grass costs less than synthetic.
“I would say that about half of the synthetic-grass products out there are actually organic, and the other half are synthetic,” Miller noted.
“So organic is the gold standard of lawn care, and it’s also very, very expensive.”
The second grass product on the market is the natural grass.
The natural grass is the grass that was created by farmers, says Miller.
“Many people think it’s a kind of grass that comes from the earth.
It doesn’t,” Miller continues.
“What it comes from is water.
The grass is made from roots, and then the water is collected and used to fertilize the roots.”
The grasses are also organic, he says, making them more affordable than synthetic or organic-quality lawns that are more expensive to grow.
The artificial turfgrass also is a better choice than the natural turf, according Miller.
It has more nutrients, but is more expensive.
Natural grass is often used for mulching and for landscaping.
The organic lawn