March 30, 2022

Your guide to choosing the ideal artificial grass for your Detroit and all of Michigan business or yard.


There are many reasons home and business owners want artificial lawns. For starters, it’s hard work and costly to maintain large areas of organic grass. This is especially true if you plan on your event space, residence, or business standing out. Keeping grass rich and green requires time, effort, and money to water, reseed, and fertilize. And even after everything, unforeseen weather conditions can destroy a perfect lawn. This is one example of why a lot of home and business owners alike have switched to artificial grass as a solution to the work, costly water bills, equipment cost, and the angst that comes along with maintaining gorgeous lawns. Even though choosing artificial grass for your landscaping project requires a higher initial cost, it’ll save you a lot in the long haul.

When considering artificial turf, your first thought that may come to mind might be golf courses or backyard putting greens. However, while synthetic putting turf has short, dense blades that keep a golf ball on its path, the monochromatic, flat putting turf does not contain all of the elements required to replace a natural grass lawn.

Traditional 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 consider that can provide a proper aesthetic replacement for organic grass.


A lower water bill and lower expenses from not needing fertilizers and sprays already make a good case for installing synthetic grass, especially for large properties. Still, one of the most frustrating aspects of keeping up a genuine grass lawn is damage from weather and heavy foot traffic.

“Keep off the grass” signs are so cliché and aren’t as worthwhile as we wish they were anyway. Too bad, it takes just a few rule-breakers can cause patches of downtrodden grass that can make a well-maintained lawn look terrible.

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

  • Next to no maintenance needed
  • Durable and resistant to flattening in high-traffic areas
  • Environmentally friendly by reducing 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


If you run to your local box store and grab some artificial turf, you will observe that it looks artificial and shiny. This is because a lot of the synthetic grass out there today is made using fibers merely shaped like organic grass in single, straight blades. Even though this design keeps true to the shape of individual blades of grass, oftentimes (especially when using cheaper materials), this design can be too reflective and you’ll get a plastic-like shimmer.

Choosing a resolution to this shortcoming by choosing a product that handles light reflection is a good start to selecting the perfect artificial grass product for your project. Our Bolt artificial turf product line handles this issue with blades shaped like lightning bolts that brilliantly reflect light in a way mimicking the luster of natural grass which avoids that plasticky look altogether.

Color is another problem that you can encounter with cheaper artificial turf. Genuine grass isn’t ever just “green.” There are all kinds of colors and tones that make regular grass look so, well, real. Selecting a brand of artificial grass that will deliver the right colors to mimic the shade of green grass that grows in Detroit and all of Michigan is crucial when choosing what to purchase.

The reason you’re switching to artificial grass is saving time and money as well as owning the most attractive lawn in Detroit and all of Michigan. It's important to ensure that your lawn's color doesn't make it the odd one out. Choosing a supplier that gives you options is very important, and Southwest Greens of Michigan has many options available for you.


Bolt Capturing the Essence  

Out of all the products we offer, we highly encourage looking into our Bolt line if you want the best looking. Their lightning bolt-shaped angles reflect light giving you a lower luster and more natural-looking lawn—while creating a long-lasting solution with far less maintenance.

Bolt Natural

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

Bolt Natural uses our patented method of sewing three strands through a single needle, offering the consumer with over 30% more visible ends and more color contrast. The thick, vibrant, heavy fibers give a natural look that is incomparable elsewhere. See the Bolt  Natural turf options here.

Bolt Landscape

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

Bolt technology means you have the highest quality durability and aesthetics. Bolt’s performance-grade fibers are manufactured with reduced sheen and better spring-back for natural-looking lawn turf. Even better, wear testing has demonstrated twice the resilience as regular yarn—providing the most durable fibers available for lawns is revolutionary for the market. Look at our Bolt Landscape turf options.


While Bolt Landscape offers more colors, Bolt Natural uses our patented triple-fiber design which gives a Bolt Natural lawn more color variation and a remarkably natural appearance that’s very hard to find in the synthetic grass market. Whatever kind of style you’re seeking for your property, if you are thinking artificial turf, you will get the ideal match for your grass with Bolt.

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.