As artificial grass is aesthetic, safe and versatile, it has been widely used in the fields of landscaping, residential and commercial decorating. The installation of artificial turf is a real time saver and worthwhile long-term investment. Hence, the proper cutting is essential for the high-quality installation to ensure the lawn is durable and looks great for years to come.
Why do we need to cut artificial grass?
For the consideration of transportation and production costs, the artificial grass is rolled and packaged in the factory. However, the paving site is often complex and has various objects on it, such as flower beds, trees and pavers. To ensure the stability and beautiful surface, we might have to cut artificial grass around the lawn edge before laying it down.
How to cut artificial grass?
Artificial lawns have often been used to replace the natural lawns. In order to match the existing design and merge the grass well with exiting stonework and structures, some accurate cutting is called for. Here are 2 mains ways to cut artificial grass:
The straight cut aims to adjust the size of the roll to fix the paving areas. The cut should be done on the back because without yarns the cutting process will be easier, and the quality will be better.
It is common to cut curves in synthetic grass, which can make your garden and yard look more natural and well-designed. The key to cutting the curve is to use the tip of the blade as a guide along with the object you are cutting around. Your goal should be to leave only a small gap between the object and the grass. Generally, a gap of about 1/8 inch is ideal.
Get prepared for cutting before the installation is vital, this ensures the whole process is smooth and efficient. The tips below remind you of all the steps you need to consider while doing the preparation work.
Accurate measurement is the first step before you cut artificial grass. In order to get the best results, you can plan the placement of each piece of artificial grass after measurement, reducing unnecessary cutting and avoiding excessive seams as much as possible.
There is no going back if you make any wrong cuts. Hence, please design and plan it well before cutting. Mapping out all the surrounding objectives such as trees, flowerbeds, pavers or edging is the wise option to do so. Another important part of the planning process is deciding how the artificial grass pieces are going to be arranged across the entire lawn and where the joins are going to be.
l Proper tools to cut artificial grass
Tools for cutting artificial grass can be very useful. The cut will be done on the back because there are no fibres, and the cutting process is easier. For this, we can use large scissors, although the ideal is to use an industrial cutter, with the blades in proportion to the thickness of the turf.
The blade you choose also needs to be long enough to ride along the edge of the objects. This will give you a nicely shaped cut that fits around the object perfectly.
A mark pen, ruler and compass are also vital for marking on the back of the roll, these tools are supposed to help you cut accurately and make a perfect circle or curves.
Tips for Cutting Artificial Grass
l Wearing GLOVES
A pair of garden gloves is highly recommended, it helps you avoid cuts in the hands due to the lack of concentration or any other accident.
Always keep the rolls upside down
When you cut artificial grass, always make your cuts with the roll upside down. This allows you to follow the lines you’ve already marked; it also aids in following the stitch rows and the natural grain of the fabric as evenly as possible.
l Cutting slow in small increments
When you get to curved corners or edges, make your cuts in small increments to ensure an accurate fit. Making small cuts will also help you follow the fabric grain more carefully.
l Check the progress regularly
Check your progress regularly as you go along and realign your blade as necessary so that any mistakes are minor and not easily noticed.
l Make sure the yarn direction faces the same way
Once each section has been cut, you will need to lay the pieces together from end to end. Make sure that the yarn of each piece faces in the same direction, and that all the stitches are lined up together. If you’ve made straight cuts and the stitch lines are matched up properly, the seams should be invisible.