Last year we just folded tap around the out side edges. We found BRIGHT GREEN duct tape, so it sort of matched better than silver. We had a lot of success with laying the turf out flat, then putting a piece of duct tape half on the turf side- then folding the turf back a couple feet, and folding the unstuck half of the tap onto the back of the turf. Sort of sandwiching the turf between the tap like a hot dog in a bun. It sort of made a bright green border all the way around.
We found that when the Astro Turf if folded or creased it tends to loose more fiber from the folded area.
We figure that when you fold the backing it some how expands the weave and makes it easier for the stuff to come out. That why we just wrapped the tap around the edges of the turf.
Also, we didn't use the pre-cut measures/sizes. We went to the big box and ordered it off the roll. There might be some quality difference.
We also 'break' tested the turf.
1. A couple of us stood around and flapped the turf back an fourth.
2. We rolled it up, with the turf to the out side, then unrolled and rerolled with the backing on the out side.
3. Laid it out flat and dragged our feet all across it.
4. Picked out any fibers that looked loose
5. Vacuumed it two different directions. Sort of like North to south, then East to west.
This whole process pulled off most of the loose fibers.
Also, the part where people walk through our Gnome Garden we painted to look like cobble stones or 'yellow brick road'. The other parts that are just for show, besides set up and tear down, aren't walked on and didn't need extra sealing.
This all sounds like a lot of work and it would take all day, but it really doesn't.
Why don't ya stick your head in that hole and find out? ~piehole
Plan for the worst, expect the best. Make the most out of it under any conditions. If you cannot do that you will never enjoy yourself. ~CrispyDave