March 30, 2022

Your guide to picking the perfect artificial grass for your business or property.


WHY CHANGE?

There are quite a few reasons to want artificial lawns. For starters, it’s tiresome and expensive to maintain large spaces of regular grass. This is especially true if you want your business, event space, or residence to stand out. Getting your grass rich and green takes time and money to water, reseed, and fertilize. Not to mention, even after all the effort, severe weather conditions can ruin a perfectly manicured lawn. This is why many businesses and homeowners alike have decided on artificial grass to end the work, high water bills, equipment cost, and the anxiety that comes along with keeping up gorgeous lawns. Even though purchasing artificial grass for your landscaping project has a more expensive initial cost, it will save you money in the long term.

Thinking about artificial turf, the first thought that pops into your head might be golf courses or home putting greens. That said, synthetic putting turf has short, dense blades that keep a golf ball on its course, the flat, monochromatic putting turf does not provide all of the attributes required to replace an organic grass lawn.

Traditional grass is flowy, lush, and multi-colored, and putting turf will not work for large spaces. If you want to dress your lawn to impress, there are lots of other options to look at that can get you a better looking replacement for traditional grass.


HOW WILL SYNTHETIC GRASS HELP?

A smaller water bill and saving money by no longer needing fertilizers and pesticides are a good case for choosing synthetic grass, even more so for large properties. Additionally, one of the most challenging factors in keeping up a traditional grass lawn is damage caused by heavy foot traffic and weather.

“Keep off the grass” signs are so cliché and don’t work anyway. Unfortunately, even just a few rule-breakers can cause areas of flattened grass that will make a well-cared-for lawn look unprofessional.

The benefits of artificial grass for residential and commercial spaces include:

  • Almost no maintenance needed
  • Durable and resists flattening in high-traffic areas
  • Environmentally friendly by cutting water usage
  • Looks lush and green all year-round and in all weather conditions
  • No need for potentially harmful fertilizers and pesticides
  • Lower cost for care and/or save time

CAN ARTIFICIAL TURF LOOK AS NATURAL AS REAL GRASS?

If you go to your local box store and grab some artificial turf, you will observe that it looks unnaturally shiny. This is because much of the synthetic grass available today is manufactured using fibers simply shaped like natural grass in single, straight blades. Though this design is true to the look of individual blades of grass, sometimes (especially when lower quality materials are used), this design can be too reflective and you’ll get a plasticky shimmer.

Selecting an answer to this shortcoming by finding a product that deals with light reflection is an excellent start to ensuring the perfect artificial grass product for your project. Our Bolt artificial turf product line handles this issue with blades shaped like lightning bolts that brilliantly reflect light in a way that replicates the luster of natural grass that avoids that plasticky look entirely.

Color is another issue that you may run into with lower quality artificial turf. Natural grass isn’t ever just “green.” There are a spectrum of colors and tones that make regular grass look so, well, real. Selecting a brand of artificial grass that will provide the specific colors to simulate the shade of green grass growing in your area is paramount when deciding what to purchase].

The idea of making the switch to artificial grass is so you can save time and money as well as having the most beautiful lawn . It's critical to make sure that the color of your lawn doesn't make it the oddball. Selecting a supplier that gives you options is very important, and Southwest Greens has many options for you.


SOUTHWEST GREENS CHOICES

Bolt Capturing the Essence  

Out of all the products we have available, we definitely encourage looking into our Bolt line if you want the best looking. Bolt’s lightning bolt-shaped angles reflect light providing a lower luster and more organic-looking lawn—while giving you a long-lasting solution with far less maintenance.


Bolt Natural

Bolt Natural turf by Southwest Greens
Bolt Natural 42
301 - Olive

Bolt Natural uses our patented method of sewing three strands through a single needle, giving you over 30% more visible ends and more contrasting colors. The lush, vibrant, heavy fibers provide a natural look that is hard to come by anywhere else. Look at the Bolt  Natural turf options here.


Bolt Landscape

Bolt Landscape turf by Southwest Greens
Bolt SWFR
301 - Fresh Green / Green-Green Thatch

Bolt technology simply means you have the highest quality aesthetics and durability. Bolt’s performance-grade fibers are manufactured with better spring-back and reduced sheen229] for natural-looking lawn turf. Also, wear testing has demonstrated Bolt is twice as resilient as a typical yarn—offering the most durable fibers for lawn applications is a breakthrough in the industry. Explore our Bolt Landscape turf options.


WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Even though Bolt Landscape offers more available colors, Bolt Natural has the patented triple-fiber design that gives a Bolt Natural lawn more color variance and a remarkably natural appearance that is uncommon in the synthetic grass market. Regardless of what kind of style you are trying to get for your establishment, you will get the perfect match for your grass with Bolt if you're contemplating artificial turf.

Contact us today for a free consultation and get the best artificial grass in the industry.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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