Cutting your artificial grass doesn’t need to be nerve wracking. Take it slow and have some spare sharp blades on hand.

Many people ask us if they will be able to see the joins in their artificial grass. While a join will never be completely invisible, they can be made less noticeable with the right placement and joining techniques. When installing artificial grass yourself, it can be helpful to read up on how the tradies do it. The main points are to take the time recreating the spacing that already exists between the stitches of the grass, and join with lots of turf pegs.

Read on for more information on cutting and joining your Tauro Turf! Need more help? Pop in to see one of our friendly team members and we can show you how to do it.

Artificial Grass Installation

What will I need to cut my Tauro Turf?

To cut your Tauro Turf we recommend using a fixed blade Stanley knife. Be sure to use a sharp blade as this will make cutting much easier. Therefor you may need to change blades if you feel it is becoming more effort to cut. If you are cutting along the width of the grass you can use a chalk line across the backing to achieve a straight cut.

How do I cut my pieces of grass where they join?

Artificial grass is directional. It is important that all pieces of turf are running the same way. Laying two pieces running different ways will look like you have used two different turfs.

Tauro Turf cuts very easily. Looking at the back of the artificial grass, you can see the spacing between the stitches. When joining two pieces, you will want to create a space that is consistent with this spacing. To do this, it is recommended that you carefully cut the edge of one of the pieces to be joined close to the stitch, and the other away from the stitch. This will help keep the space between the two pieces consistent with the rest of the turf.

Butting the pieces up too close to each other will “mohawk” the grass blades. The extra thickness of the blades along the join will create a visible line, and an ever-visible join. Cutting one edge away from the stitches will help avoid this.

Joining grass along the stitch is the easiest way to cut and join artificial grass.

Cutting and joining grass across the stitches is called a cross-join. Creating a cross join is not normally recommended. It is difficult to create a perfectly straight and square cut across the stiches. If you are cutting your artificial grass across the stitching it is recommend that you mark on the backing where you plan to cut. A straight line can be marked on the backing of the grass with a chalk line. Cut the artificial grass following the line with a Stanley knife as straight as you can.

When you cut across the stitches, the artificial grass some of the blades will come away from the edges. Artificial grass will not unravel like fabric. The tufts of grass blades are not joined to each other.

What will I need to join my grass?

To join your artificial grass you will need joining tape, scissors to cut the tape to length, u-shape turf pegs and a hammer.

We recommend that joining tape is used on the joins to close the gap in the backing of the grass join and prevent any weeds growing through the joins of your artificial grass.

Are there different types of joining tape?

We sell self-adhesive cloth tape in 10m roll lengths.

We also sell self-adhesive Butyl tape with split backing. The butyl tape doesn’t stretch as you pull off the backing like the cloth tape can. The split backing makes it easier to install on your own.

You may have also seen non-adhesive tape being used with glue trowelled on. We do not sell this type of joining tape as it can be very messy, often unnecessary and requires extra equipment. We recommend using the self-adhesive joining tape for easy application.

Do I need to use turf pegs on the join?

Once you have your grass in place with joining tape, secure the join with u-shape turf pegs. Place the pegs with one prong on either side of the join every 300mm along the join, making sure to not trap any grass blades under the peg. The addition of pegs will better hide the join in your artificial grass.

Where else do I need to use turf pegs?

Use turf pegs around the edges of your artificial grass at around 300mm intervals. Use the prong of a second peg to part the grass to expose the backing as you hammer, which allows for a clear path for the peg to be hammered in without trapping blades of the grass. Install the turf pegs as close to the edge as possible. If there is concrete haunching along the perimeter of the area, such as with paving, you may need to install the turf pegs further away from the edge.

How do I join my artificial grass?

Position your two pieces of artificial grass so that you are happy with the look of the join. Check that they blend well together by brushing up or flattening your join with your hand. Mark the centre of the join (with a score in your cracker dust for example) at both ends so you know where to run the tape before flipping the edge of both pieces of grass out of the way.

Unroll the joining tape down the entire length of the join and cut the joining tape to length. You will want to use joining tape down the entire length of the join to make your join flat and permanent. Use turf pegs or nails to secure your taught length of joining tape, adhesive side up, along the length of your join. You may wish to place additional pegs at intervals along the tape if it is a longer length and/or there is any wind. Remove the paper backing of the tape, revealing the strong adhesive. Flip your pieces of grass back over and down onto your joining tape from one end to the other. Apply pressure along the length of the join to make sure it is bonded all the way along.

Peg the join with your u-shape turf pegs at 300mm intervals or closer, with one prong either side of the join.