Milo Valley Farm - landscaping, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the landscaping.  The grass mat I will be using is Wild Grass in Dark Green by Heki from Scenic Express (they call it Summer Green TurfGrass on their website).  It has high dark green grasses with some variegated coloration to simulate a wild but well-kept lawn.  Just because there's a barn find car inside doesn't mean the whole property has to be an eyesore.  :D

The grass mats are pricey, but the look is spot on in scale.  The sheets are only 6" wide, though they are 17" long, so there are places on the landscaping board that will need to be pieced.  I bought four to have enough, though I wasn't sure I would need all of them.

The backing of the grass is a clear, rubbery substance though not sticky.  This makes it more flexible than the paper-backed grass mats, which will be good for the uneven landscape I need to cover.  I peeled the grass sheet from the protective paper.

I pinned the paper template to the grass mat -- there's my sewing background coming into play.  :D

To make the divide between the grass and the dirt look less planned, I tore the grass mat backing along the edge.   I checked the fit and made further adjustments.  I decided to cover the bare dirt patch I originally had planned.

I spread Weldbond glue on the base board and on the edges of the grass mat.

I pressed the grass into place, using a scrap of strip wood to fine tune the edges so I could press the grass into place without flattening it.

Any bare spots are easily pieced from the saved excess.

The material backing is what makes this type of seamless piecing possible.  I'm not worried about any of the backing showing at the edges right now.  All of this will be addressed in the final detailing.

I continued the process until the entire surface was covered.  And, yes, this is a messy process.  :D

I'll let this dry completely before adding additional details.

13 comments

Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
That grass look sooo green compared to my sad Middle-of-Feb real life grass. LOL.
02/15/16 @ 19:09
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
That grass looks great--it changes the whole...not the look, but the feel, of the barn. Perhaps the new owners of the property where the barn exists gave priority to landscaping over opening the barn to see what, exactly, was inside :wink:
02/15/16 @ 19:21
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]
Wow that grass is amazing! It's worth whatever you paid for it!
02/15/16 @ 19:21
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
Definitely worth the expense. That looks really, really good.
02/15/16 @ 22:01
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
That looks so much easier to work with than the paper-backed sheets. I'll have to try it next time I run out. Thanks for the tip :)
02/16/16 @ 01:33
Comment from: Kat [Visitor]
Looks amazing! I love the template idea. I recently used some very similar grass (same texture) on my half scale project. I found it on eBay under "fairy garden grass" direct from China. Their smaller squares, but cheap. Not sure what the price comparison would be.
02/16/16 @ 06:16
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Looks great!
02/16/16 @ 07:58
Comment from: Monique [Visitor]
it looks awesome! I love that, also the backing seems great and smart of you to tear it. I have no grass-needs in any of the projects I have in mind to ever do in the next 100+ years, but I'm inclined to think up something just in order to use grass one day :D :D
02/16/16 @ 09:13
Comment from: Grandmommy [Visitor]  
I really like the texture of this grass. And to think I was going to use green felt! I have to write down the name of it.
02/16/16 @ 18:25
Comment from: Linda Ford [Visitor]
Wow the grass may be expensive but it is fabulous. I love it. I love your projects.
02/16/16 @ 20:22
Comment from: Sumaiya Mehreen [Visitor]
So realistic! Must try it out!
02/17/16 @ 10:03
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]
Oooohhh, I need to get some of that kind of grass matting.... I have a very uneven bit of landscaping to do at The Folly... I have been dreading to even start! You are so good at this and Thank you for showing all the materials and sources!!! It is looking Fantastic!!!
02/19/16 @ 09:01
Comment from: jane s [Visitor]
Fantastic looking! I do love that style of grass the closeups look perfectly real in your shots.
02/20/16 @ 08:16


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