3 Fake Grass Accessories Ease Installation

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This article was originally published on July 27, 2020. It has been updated to reflect the most current information available.

DIY’ers installing their fake grass want to make the process as easy as possible. Look for fake grass accessories that speed up the installation process and make the job easier. Improving the look of the finished product is a bonus too. Sure, there are big things like power compactors and backhoes that make site prep easy. But little things matter too.

Three little things include the turf nails you select, the blades you use the cut and seam the turf, and turf edging that doesn’t require extra digging.

hammer installing turf nails style fake grass accessories

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Pick the Right Fake Grass Nails

Metal or plastic? Galvanized or untreated? Smooth or spiralized? These questions should stay top of mind when selecting nails to secure the turf. In addition, consider the size of the nail head.

Metal nails beat out plastic unless you have extremely soft soil. Plastic requires a soft mallet to hammer it in place. So, skip the plastic and opt for metal. Opt for untreated nails. Don’t spend money on galvanized nails. Sounds contrary to conventional wisdom, but you want that nail to corrode. Spiralized nails hold better than smooth. If you can find spiralized go for it, if not – don’t sweat it. Smooth nails work.

Finally, pick a nail with a head that matches the gauge of the turf. The gauge of fake turf refers to the distance between two lines of stitched artificial grass. This factor impacts the overall look and feel of the fake grass.

When you match the nail head size to the gauge, the finished product looks better and you install it faster because you see where to nail.

Pick no nail less than 6 inches and don’t waste time and money on nails longer than 8 inches.

Extra Knife Blades

Most fake turf install directions tell you to cut the turf with scissors or a knife. Amazon recommends a reciprocating saw. What? Don’t use scissors. Put down the Sawzall. Use a utility knife with a sharp blade.

Fake turf dulls cutting surfaces fast. No one stops and sharpens scissors?

But, everyone can stop and change the knife blade. So make sure you start armed with extra knife blades. Utility blades aren’t expensive and a sharp blade cuts through the turf like butter. A dull knife chews,  gnaws, and hacks at the turf. Rough edges are rough to seam.

Get a utility knife like the one above. It still costs less than 10 bucks.

Get several of the 5 packs of replacement blades. They’re like $2.50.

The time you spend changing blades will be more than saved with a speedier and cleaner install.

 

Trench-Free Fake Grass Accessories for Edging

It can take longer to trench for a proper bender board install than the rest of the fake grass. Depending on the soil conditions, using something other than bender board could save you 90% on install time.

When it comes to fake grass accessories that speed up installation time, nothing beats Wonder Edge.

fake grass accessories like edging speed the install time

Wonder Edge goes down before turf. Just grab your turf nails and nail the Wonder Edge in place. Lay and seam the turf. Then come back with your utility knife and rough cut the edges. Tuck the rough cut in the edging and nail in place.

Wow! Talk about easy. And you can get the Wonder Edge where you buy your other fake turf accessories and turf. It’s probably the smartest thing you can do to make the installation go faster and easier. If your supplier doesn’t carry it, order online.

 

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