Your guide to finding the ideal artificial grass for your Houston business or property.
WHY MAKE THE CHANGE?
There are quite a few reasons to consider artificial lawns. To begin with, maintaining large spaces of natural grass is challenging and expensive. This is especially true if you plan on your residence, business, or event space standing out. Keeping grass luscious and green takes time, effort, and money to reseed, water, and fertilize. Additionally, even after all that care, unexpected weather conditions can destroy a perfect lawn. This is one example of why many individuals and businesses alike have turned to artificial grass as a solution to the exertion, costly water bills, equipment cost, and the anxiety that comes from keeping up stand-out lawns. While installing artificial grass for a landscaping project will require a higher up-front cost, it’ll save you a ton over the long term.
When considering artificial turf, the first thought that may come to mind might be golf courses or residential putting greens. However, while artificial putting turf has short, dense blades to keep a golf ball rolling true, the monochromatic, flat putting turf does not include all of the attributes needed to replace a natural grass lawn.
Traditional grass is wavy, lush, and multi-toned, and putting turf is not going to work large areas. Suppose you want to dress your property to impress. In that case, there are many better options to look at that can get you a proper aesthetic replacement for natural grass.
HOW WILL SYNTHETIC GRASS HELP?
A lower water bill and lower expenses from not needing fertilizers and sprays already make a strong case for installing synthetic grass, especially for large properties. Still, one of the most infuriating aspects of maintaining 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. Unfortunately, it just takes a few inattentive guests can cause swaths of flattened grass that will make a perfectly manicured lawn look awful.
The benefits of artificial grass for residential and commercial spaces include:
- Next to no maintenance required
- Durable and resists getting flattened in high-traffic areas
- Environmentally friendly from less water usage
- Looks 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 run to your local box store and look at some artificial turf, you will observe that it looks unnaturally shiny. This shininess is because much of the synthetic grass on the market today is made using fibers simply shaped like natural grass in single, straight blades. Though this design is true to the shape of individual blades of grass, sometimes (especially when using cheaper materials), this design can be too reflective and produce a plasticky shimmer.
Selecting a resolution to this shortcoming by purchasing a product that handles light reflection is a good start to selecting the right artificial grass product for your project. Our Bolt artificial turf product line solves this problem with lightning bolt-shaped blades that brilliantly reflect light in a way mimicking the luster of natural grass, avoiding that plasticky look entirely.
Color is another issue that you may encounter with cheaper artificial turf. Natural grass isn’t ever just “green.” There are an array of colors and tones that make natural grass look so, well, real. Selecting a brand of artificial grass that will deliver the correct colors to mimic the shade of green grass that grows in Houston is paramount when determining what to buy].
The reason you’re choosing artificial grass is to save you time and money while having the most attractive lawn in Houston. It is important to be sure that your lawn's color doesn't make it stick out like a sore thumb. Choosing a supplier that gives you options is very important, and Southwest Greens of Houston has a lot of options for you.
SOUTHWEST GREENS CHOICES
Out of all the options we carry, we highly encourage looking into our Bolt products if you want the most vibrant and natural looking lawn. Bolt’s lightning bolt-shaped angles reflect light giving you a lower luster and more organic-looking lawn—all while providing a long-lasting solution with way less maintenance.
Bolt Natural 42 301 - Olive
Bolt Natural uses a patented method of sewing three strands through a single needle, providing the consumer with over 30% more ends visible and more contrast in the color. The lush, vibrant, heavy fibers create a natural look that is hard to find in the synthetic landscape market. See our Bolt Natural turf options here.
301 - Fresh Green / Green-Green Thatch
Bolt technology simply means you have the best in durability and looks. Bolt’s performance-grade fibers are constructed with reduced sheen and better spring-back229] for natural-looking lawn turf. Also, wear testing has demonstrated twice as resilient as a regular yarn—providing the most durable fibers for lawn applications is a breakthrough in the marketplace. Explore our Bolt Landscape turf options.
WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Even though Bolt Landscape gives you more available colors, Bolt Natural uses a patented triple-fiber design that gives a Bolt Natural lawn more variation in color and shade and an exceptionally natural appearance that’s very rare in the synthetic grass market. So, no matter what kind of aesthetic you are trying to get for your establishment, you can find the perfect match for your grass with Bolt if you're thinking of 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.