Tucking synthetic turf ribbons, small borders and natural stone can be tricky. Since the area is small, most of the grading and compaction must be done by hand. The graded materials are usually placed higher than the walking or driving surface. I have seen contractors slope the small border or ribbon by hand creating a “mini speed bump” which looks appealing to the eye. As I mentioned above, preventing trip hazards must be acknowledged, but to achieve this look there is the possibility that the synthetic turf edge will be higher. To achieve the “pillow top” look you must explain to the client that a trip hazard may be present. Most of these installations are residential and the client would rather have a nice pillow top edge than being flat. Driveways that have synthetic turf ribbons should graded higher than normal due to heavy traffic. If the ribbons or borders are too low, heavy traffic will cause the fibers to depress leaving a sharp edge.