March 30, 2022

Your guide to picking the right artificial grass for your San Francisco business or home.


There are lots of reasons home and business owners want artificial lawns. For starters, it is challenging and expensive to keep up large areas of natural grass. Even more so if you want your event space, residence, or business to stand out. Keeping grass full and green takes effort, money, and time to water, reseed, and fertilize. Not to mention, even after everything, unexpected weather events can ruin a perfectly manicured lawn. This is one example of why so many businesses and homeowners alike have turned to artificial grass to end the exertion, high water bills, equipment cost, and the angst that comes from maintaining beautiful lawns. While choosing artificial grass for your landscaping project requires a more expensive initial cost, it’ll save you a lot over the long term.

When you consider artificial turf, the first thought that comes to mind may be golf courses or backyard putting greens. However, while synthetic putting turf needs short, dense blades that keep a golf ball rolling true, the monochromatic, flat putting turf doesn’t provide all of the elements required to replace a traditional grass lawn.

Natural grass is flowy, lush, and multi-colored, and putting turf is not going to work large areas. If you want to dress your lawn to impress, there are many other options to think about that will get you a better looking replacement for genuine grass.


A smaller water bill and lower expenses from omitting fertilizers and pesticides make a strong case for choosing synthetic grass, especially for large properties. Still, one of the most infuriating factors in maintaining a traditional grass lawn is damage as a result of weather and heavy foot traffic.

“Keep off the grass” signs are so cliché and don’t work anyway. Sadly, even just a few inattentive guests can cause areas 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 flattening in high-traffic areas
  • Environmentally friendly by cutting 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 big-box store and grab some artificial turf, you’ll observe that it looks artificial and shiny. This shininess is because a good deal of the synthetic grass on the market today is uses fibers merely shaped like regular grass in single, straight blades. While this design keeps true to the look of individual grass blades, sometimes (especially when using cheaper materials), 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 a good start to getting the right artificial grass product for your project. Our Bolt artificial turf product line handles this challenge with lightning bolt-shaped blades that brilliantly reflect light in a way replicating the luster of natural grass which avoids that plasticky look altogether.

Another issue that you can encounter with cheap artificial turf is its color. Organic grass is never just “green.” There are many of colors and tones that make natural grass look so, well, real. Choosing a brand of artificial grass that can provide the right colors to match the shade of green grass growing in San Francisco is crucial when choosing what to get.

The reason you’re choosing artificial grass is saving time and money while having the best lawn in San Francisco. It's essential to ensure 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 Northern CA West has many for you.


Bolt Capturing the Essence  

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

Bolt Natural

Bolt Natural turf by Southwest Greens Northern CA West
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301 - Olive

Bolt Natural uses our patented method of sewing three strands through one needle, giving you over 30% more visible ends and more contrasting colors. The thick, vibrant, heavy fibers create a natural look that is incomparable in the synthetic landscape market. Take a look at our Bolt  Natural turf options here.

Bolt Landscape

Bolt Landscape turf by Southwest Greens Northern CA West
301 - Fresh Green / Green-Green Thatch

Bolt technology, to put it simply, means you have the highest quality durability and looks. Our performance-grade fibers are constructed with reduced sheen and better spring-back for natural-looking lawn turf. Additionally, wear testing has demonstrated Bolt is twice as resilient as regular yarn—providing the most durable fibers on the market is revolutionary in the industry. Look at our Bolt Landscape turf options.


Though Bolt Landscape gives you more available colors, Bolt Natural uses our patented triple-fiber design which gives a Bolt Natural lawn more color variation and a remarkably natural appearance that can be hard to find in the synthetic grass market. So, no matter what kind of style you are trying to get for your lawn, you will 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.