Cutting exterior edges takes time. Many still use the relief-cut method, which I will teach in my next column. The slide-cut method is accurate, fast, and takes half the time of a relief cut. The slide-cut method is where the blade of the knife “slides” down the edge of the hardscape while cutting. The hardscape acts as a guide while cutting the exterior edge. To perfect the slide-cut method, there are steps that must be performed simultaneously. These steps are all in conjunction with how you grab, pull, and cut the synthetic turf. The blade should always make contact with the turf backing. If the blade of the knife is not angled correctly, you may cut into the fibers, which may result in them becoming visible.
Prior to edge cutting, there should be at least 2” or more of turf hanging past the hardscape’s edge. This will allow you to comfortably grab the turf while performing the slide-cut.
Below are steps to achieve the slide-cut method.
Step 1. Grab the overhanging waste with one hand and grab your knife in the other. Place the point of the blade down and alongside the hardscape edge.
Step 2. Make a cut into the backside (backing) of the turf to create a relief cut. Once the relief cut is made, you will notice the turf folds over onto the hardscape.
Step 3. Place the blade of your knife parallel with the hardscape at the point of the relief cut (Where I am pointing my finger in the upper right image). It is important to angle the blade at a position to cut the backing underneath, not the fibers.