HOW TO CUT TURF
Example: Vertical Cut Down The Stitch Row
Use a carpet/utility knife with a sharp blade and stay in between the stitch rows or "Ribs" as we call them... You only want to cut through the backing material. If you press down too hard and cut too deep you will cut or shear off the grass fibers below creating an unnatural look. We recommend changing your blade every 30 linear feet of cutting. You can place a metal straight edge and trace it down the line if needed.
When making cross-cuts, we recommend using a straight edge to trace with the knife since it is harder to cut a straight line and the blade tends wonder.
Note: On every new turf roll there will be a few excess inches of backing fabric called scrim on each edge down the whole length of the roll... You will need to cut off the first two "Ribs" or stitch rows in from the scrim on every turf roll side (left & Right sides) in order to give a fresh clean edge.
Example: Trimming Turf With Scissors
Trimming edges or rounded areas can sometimes be easier with a good sharp pair of heavy duty scissors. We recommend Wiss Shears you can pick up for less than $20. You want to cut the backing of the turf only and not the fibers on top. Keep the blades tight to the backing and take small bites as you guide them through. If you take too large of bites and get the blades opened too wide, you will get on top of the turf and will shear off the fibers. This will create a razor cut edge and will not look natural. And is especially important to avoid when seaming or butting pieces together since the fibers will not cover or hide the seam area making it stand out like a sore thumb.