December 15, 2020

Your guide to finding the right artificial grass for your business or property.

There are many reasons people consider artificial lawns. For starters, it can be tiresome and expensive to maintain large spaces of grass. Especially if you want your business, event space, or residence to stand out. Keeping grass luscious and green requires time and money to water, fertilize, and reseed. Not to mention, even after all that care, unexpected weather conditions can ruin a perfectly manicured lawn. This is why many businesses and individuals alike have turned to artificial grass as a solution to the effort, high water bills and equipment cost, as well as the anxiety that comes with maintaining beautiful lawns. Though choosing artificial grass for a landscaping project requires an up-front cost, it can save you a ton in the long haul.

When considering artificial turf, the first thought that comes to mind may be golf courses or personal putting greens, but while synthetic putting turf requires short, dense blades that keep a golf ball on its course, the monochromatic, flat putting turf doesn’t have all of the attributes required to replace a genuine grass lawn.

Real grass is wavy, lush, and multi-toned, and putting turf just won’t cut it for large spaces. If you want to dress your property to impress, there are plenty of other options to consider that can provide a proper aesthetic replacement for genuine grass.

But why choose synthetic grass?

A reduced water bill and the money saved by omitting fertilizers and sprays already make a great case for using synthetic grass, especially for large properties. Still, one of the most frustrating parts of trying to maintain a genuine grass lawn is damage caused by weather and heavy foot traffic.

“Keep off the grass” signs are so cliché and aren’t as effective as we wish they were anyway. Even just a few rule-breakers can cause patches of downtrodden grass that can make a perfectly maintained lawn look unprofessional. The benefits of artificial grass for residential and commercial spaces include:

  • Next to no maintenance required
  • Durable and resistant to flattening in high-traffic areas
  • Environmentally-friendly by cutting water usage
  • Stays lush and green in all seasons and weather conditions
  • No need for potentially harmful fertilizers and pesticides
  • Lower cost for care and/or saved time

Can artificial turf look as natural as real grass?

If you run to your local box store and grab some artificial turf, you’ll notice that it looks unnaturally shiny. A lot of the synthetic grass on the market today is made using fibers that are simply shaped like natural grass in single, straight blades. While this design keeps true to the shape of individual blades of grass, sometimes (especially when cheaper materials are used), this design can be too reflective and produce a plastic-like shimmer. Finding a solution to this problem by choosing a product that deals with light reflection is an excellent start to selecting the right artificial grass product for your project. Our own artificial turf product Bolt solves this problem with lightning bolt-shaped blades that brilliantly reflect light in a way that mimics the lustre of natural grass, avoiding that plasticy look altogether.

Bolt Natural Brochure

Another problem that you can run into with cheaper artificial turf is its color. Genuine grass is never just “green.” There are all kinds of colors and tones that make real grass look so, well, real. Finding a brand of artificial grass that can provide you with the right colors to match the shade of green grass that grows in your area is paramount when choosing what to buy.

The idea of making the switch to artificial grass is to save you time and money while having the best lawn around. It's important to ensure that your lawn's color doesn't make it the odd one out. Finding a supplier that gives you options is very important, and Southwest Greens has a whole lot to choose from. Finding a supplier that gives you options is very important, and Southwest Greens has a whole lot to choose from.

The Bolt line of artificial turf includes Bolt Landscape as well Bolt Natural, which both come in a wide array of colors, including blends, so you can find the perfect fit for your grass. While Bolt Landscape provides more color options, Bolt Natural uses a patented triple-fiber design giving a Bolt Natural lawn more color variance and a very natural appearance that can be uncommon in the synthetic grass market.

No matter what kind of aesthetic you’re seeking for your establishment, if you’re thinking artificial turf, you can find the best match for your grass with Bolt.