March 30, 2022

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


WHY CHANGE?

There are many reasons people think about artificial lawns. For starters, it can be hard work and expensive to maintain large areas of natural grass. Even more so if you want your residence, business, or event space to stand out. Getting your grass full and green takes time, effort, and money to reseed, water, and fertilize. Additionally, even after all the effort, unexpected weather events can destroy a perfect lawn. This is exactly why many businesses and individuals alike have chosen artificial grass solve the work, costly water bills, equipment cost, and the stress that comes with keeping up beautiful lawns. While installing artificial grass for your landscaping project will require a higher up-front 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 residential putting greens. While synthetic putting turf needs short, dense blades that keep a golf ball on its path, the flat, monochromatic putting turf doesn’t contain all of the attributes required to replace a traditional grass lawn.

Natural grass is wavy, lush, and multi-colored, and putting turf is not going to work large areas. Suppose you want to dress your property to impress. In that case, there are lots of better options to look at that will provide a better aesthetic replacement for genuine grass.


HOW WILL SYNTHETIC GRASS HELP?

A smaller water bill and lower expenses from not needing fertilizers and sprays make a strong case for using synthetic grass, especially for large properties. Lastly, one of the most infuriating factors in maintaining a traditional grass lawn is damage from weather and heavy foot traffic.

“Keep off the grass” signs are so cliché and are not as worthwhile as we hope anyway. Too bad, it takes just a few inattentive guests can cause areas of trampled grass that can make a well-maintained lawn look terrible.

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

  • Almost no maintenance necessary
  • Durable and stands up to getting flattened 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 save time

CAN ARTIFICIAL TURF LOOK AS NATURAL AS REAL GRASS?

If you visit your local box store and pick up some artificial turf, you’ll notice that it looks artificially shiny. It’s shiny because a good deal of the synthetic grass available today is manufactured using fibers that are just shaped like natural grass in single, straight blades. Even though this design keeps true to the look of individual blades of grass, sometimes (especially when lower quality materials are used), this design is too reflective and result in a plasticky shimmer.

Finding a solution to this issue by finding a product that addresses light reflection is a great start to selecting the correct 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 that avoids that plasticky look altogether.

Another problem that you can encounter with lower quality artificial turf is its color. Natural grass isn’t ever just “green.” There are all kinds of colors and tones that make natural grass look so, well, real. Selecting a brand of artificial grass that can give you the correct colors to simulate the shade of green grass that grows in Austin is critical when deciding what to purchase].

The idea of purchasing artificial grass is saving time and money all while having the most beautiful lawn in Austin. It's important to be sure that your lawn's color doesn't make it look out of place. Selecting a supplier that gives you options is very important, and Southwest Greens of Austin has many options to choose from.


SOUTHWEST GREENS CHOICES

Bolt Capturing the Essence  

Out of all the options we offer, we highly recommend looking at our Bolt products if you want the most realistic looking lawn. Bolt’s lightning bolt-shaped angles reflect light for a lower luster and more organic-looking lawn—while giving you a long-lasting solution with much less maintenance.


Bolt Natural

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

Bolt Natural employs a patented method of sewing three strands through one needle, offering you over 30% more visible ends and more contrasting colors. The thick, vibrant, heavy fibers create a natural look that is hard to find elsewhere. See our Bolt  Natural turf options here.


Bolt Landscape

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

Bolt technology, to put it simply, means you have the industry’s best looks and durability. Our performance-grade fibers are constructed with reduced sheen and better spring-back229] for natural-looking lawn turf. Additionally, wear testing has proven Bolt is twice as resilient as a regular yarn—delivering the most durable fibers available for lawns is a breakthrough for the industry. Look at our Bolt Landscape turf options.


WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Even though Bolt Landscape provides more color options, Bolt Natural has the patented triple-fiber design giving a Bolt Natural lawn more variance in color and a very natural appearance that’s so uncommon in the synthetic grass market. Whatever kind of look you’re going for for your lawn, if you’re contemplating artificial turf, you can get the ideal match for your grass with Bolt.

Contact us today 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.

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