December 15, 2020

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

There are several reasons folks consider artificial lawns. For starters, it can be arduous and costly to maintain sizable ranges of grass. Specifically if you desire for your business, event space, or residence to catch the eye. Keeping grass voluptuous and green entails time and money to water, fertilize, and reseed. Moreover, even after all that care, unexpected weather conditions can wreak havoc on a perfectly manicured lawn. This is why many businesses and individuals alike have employed artificial grass as an answer to the effort, high water bills and equipment cost, as well as the apprehension that comes with managing beautiful lawns. Though deciding upon 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 concept that comes to mind may be golf courses or personal putting greens, but while synthetic putting turf needs short, dense blades that keep a golf ball on its course, the monochromatic, flat putting turf doesn’t have all of the features needed to displace a genuine grass lawn.

Real grass is wavy, lush, and multi-toned, and putting turf just doesn’t fit the bill for large spaces. If you want to spruce up your grass, there are plenty of other options to contemplate that can yield an appropriate aesthetic replacement for genuine grass.

But why choose synthetic grass?

A reduced water bill and the money not spent by omitting fertilizers and sprays already make a terrific case for using synthetic grass, specifically for large spaces. Still, one of the most disheartening 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 practical as we wish they were anyway. Even just a few rule-breakers can cause chunks of downtrodden grass that can make a perfectly maintained lawn look bad. 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

But why choose synthetic grass?

If you head to your local box store and buy some artificial turf, you’ll see that it looks unnaturally shiny. A lot of the synthetic grass on the market today is constructed using fibers that are simply shaped like natural grass in single, straight blades. While this lay out keeps true to the shape of individual blades of grass, sometimes (especially when cheaper materials are used), this design can be too reflective and give off a plastic-like shimmer. Creating a resolution to this problem by selecting a product that deals with light reflection is a superb start to choosing the right artificial grass product for your project. Our own artificial turf product Bolt solves this dilemma with lightning bolt-shaped blades that brilliantly reflect light in a way that simulates the luster of natural grass, bypassing that plastic look altogether.


A separate problem that you can run into with inferior artificial turf is its color. Natural grass is never just “green.” There are all types of colors and tones that make genuine grass look so, well, real. Locating 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 selecting what to pick up.

The idea of changing to artificial grass is to save you time and money while showing off the best lawn around. It’s critical to ensure that your lawn’s color doesn’t look out of place. Locating a supplier that gives you options is very essential, and Southwest Greens has a whole lot to pick from. The Bolt line of artificial turf includes Bolt Landscape as well Bolt Natural, which both come in a wide array of colors, constituting blends, so you can find the perfect fit for your grass in Pittsburgh. 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 look that is unique in the synthetic grass market.

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