March 30, 2022

Your guide to finding the ideal artificial grass for your Pittsburgh business or home.


There are lots of reasons home and business owners choose artificial lawns. For starters, it is tiresome and expensive to keep up large spaces of regular grass. Even more so if you plan on your event space, residence, or business standing out. Getting grass luscious and green takes effort, money, and time to water, fertilize, and reseed. And even after everything, unforeseen weather can ruin a perfect lawn. This is why a lot of individuals and businesses alike have decided on artificial grass as a solution to the exertion, high water bills, equipment cost, and the anxiety that comes along with maintaining beautiful lawns. While purchasing artificial grass for your landscaping project requires a more expensive initial cost, it should save you a ton over the long haul.

When you think about artificial turf, the first thought that comes to mind may be golf courses or residential putting greens. That said, synthetic putting turf needs short, dense blades to keep a golf ball on its path, the flat, monochromatic putting turf does not have all of the elements required to replace an organic grass lawn.

Real grass is wavy, lush, and multi-toned, and putting turf is not a good choice when covering large spaces. If you want to dress your property to impress, there are lots of other options to consider that can provide a better aesthetic replacement for natural grass.


A smaller water bill and lower expenses from omitting fertilizers and sprays are a great case for installing synthetic grass, especially for large properties. Still, one of the most frustrating parts of keeping up a traditional grass lawn is damage from heavy foot traffic and weather.

“Keep off the grass” signs are so cliché and don’t work anyway. Sadly, it just takes a few rule-breakers can cause areas of trampled grass that will make a perfectly manicured lawn look unprofessional.

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

  • Next to no maintenance necessary
  • Durable and resistant to flattening in high-traffic areas
  • Environmentally friendly through reduced water usage
  • Always lush and green in all seasons and weather conditions
  • No need for potentially harmful fertilizers and pesticides
  • Lower cost for care and/or save time


If you visit your local box store and pick up some artificial turf, you’ll see that it looks artificially shiny. This shininess is because a lot of the synthetic grass out there today is uses fibers that are just shaped like organic grass in single, straight blades. Though this design is true to the shape of individual blades of grass, often (especially when using cheaper materials), this design might be too reflective and result in a plastic-like shimmer.

Choosing a resolution to this issue by choosing a product that handles light reflection is a great start to ensuring the right artificial grass product for your project. Our Bolt artificial turf product line addresses this challenge with blades shaped like lightning bolts that brilliantly reflect light in a way that mimics the luster of natural grass, avoiding that plasticky look entirely.

Another issue that you may encounter with cheaper artificial turf is its color. Natural grass isn’t ever just “green.” There are many of colors and tones that make natural grass look so, well, real. Finding a brand of artificial grass that can give you the right colors to mimic the shade of green grass that grows in Pittsburgh is crucial when deciding what to get.

The idea of switching to artificial grass is saving time and money as well as owning the best lawn in Pittsburgh. It's essential to be sure that your lawn's color doesn't make it stick out like a sore thumb. Finding a supplier that gives you options is very important, and Southwest Greens Pittsburgh has many available for you.


Bolt Capturing the Essence  

Out of all the collections we have available, we highly recommend looking at our Bolt collection if you want the best looking. Their lightning bolt-shaped angles reflect light that gives a lower luster and more authentic-looking lawn—all while maintaining a long-lasting solution with way less maintenance.

Bolt Natural

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

Bolt Natural utilizes our patented method of sewing three strands through one needle, offering the consumer with over 30% more visible ends and more contrast in the color. The lush, vibrant, heavy fibers give a natural look that is unparalleled in the synthetic landscape market. See our Bolt  Natural turf options here.

Bolt Landscape

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

Bolt technology simply means you have the highest quality durability and aesthetics. Performance-grade fibers are constructed with better spring-back and reduced sheen for natural-looking lawn turf. In addition, wear testing has shown twice as resilient as a typical yarn—providing the most durable fibers on the market is a breakthrough for the marketplace. Explore our Bolt Landscape turf options.


Though Bolt Landscape offers more choice of colors, Bolt Natural has the patented triple-fiber design that gives a Bolt Natural lawn more variance in color and an exceptionally natural appearance that can be rare in the synthetic grass market. Whatever kind of look you are going for your establishment, you’ll get the best match for your grass with Bolt if you're contemplating artificial turf.

Contact us now for a free consultation to 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.