How to Cut Artificial Grass
It is essential that you cut artificial golf turf accurately for achieving a seamless and professional installation. Here are two common cutting techniques that will help you achieve the desired results when you clean and maintain your artificial turf.
S-cuts are typically used for curved or irregularly shaped areas when you cut artificial turf. To create an S cut, mark the desired curve on the back of the turf using a marker or chalk. Then, carefully follow the marked line with a sharp utility knife or turf cutter, applying gentle pressure to make clean and precise cuts.
When you cut artificial turf, straight cuts are used for straight edges and borders. Begin by measuring and marking the desired cutting line on the back of the turf. Use a straightedge, such as a ruler or a board, as a guide for your knife or turf cutter. Apply steady pressure as you make the cut, ensuring a straight and clean edge.
How to Measure Artificial Turf Before Cutting
Prepare the Area: Clear the installation area and ensure the ground is level and compacted.
Take Length and Width Measurements: Measure the length and width of the installation area using a tape measure. Consider any irregular shapes and measure each section separately if needed. This is handy when you start laying your artificial grass in soil.
Account for Overhang: Determine if you want to include an overhang or edging around the perimeter. Add an extra 1-2 inches to the measurements to accommodate the overhang.
Plan Seam Placement: If using multiple sections of turf, plan the placement of seams for a seamless look.
Calculate Total Square Footage: Multiply the length and width measurements to determine the total square footage needed. Add up the square footage of each section if applicable.
Allow for Wastage: Include a small percentage of wastage (around 5-10%) to account for irregular shapes or cuts during installation.
Cutting Fake Grass Along Edges
Prepare the Area: Clear debris and secure the edges of the fake grass using spikes or adhesive.
Measure and Mark: Measure and mark the desired cutting line on the backside of the turf, ensuring it is straight and accurate.
Cut with Precision: Using a sharp blade or cutting turf, carefully follow the marked line, applying even pressure for clean and precise cuts. Make multiple passes if needed before you cut artificial turf.
Trim Excess Material: Trim any excess material hanging over the edge of the installation area using a cutting turf to create a neat appearance.
Check and Adjust: Inspect the edge for a seamless transition and make any necessary adjustments.
What Tools You Need for Cutting Artificial Grass
Utility Knife: A sharp utility knife with a retractable blade for general cutting purposes is one of the tools you need.
Turf Cutter: A specialized tool designed for cutting synthetic turf, providing more control and precision.
Straightedge: A ruler, level, or straight board to serve as a guide for making straight lines.
Measuring Tape: For measuring dimensions and marking cutting lines.
Marker or Chalk: Used to mark cutting lines on the backside of the fake grass.
Safety Equipment: Gloves and safety glasses for protection.