Ideas for Sculpting Turf
From: DK Books - Lawns
Grasses are versatile as well as beautiful, and with a little imagination they can be used to reshape landscapes, create upright focal points, and used to form exciting and intriguing sculptures.
This contemporary design uses artificial turf to create a rolling, undulating landscape — this material is ideal for creating complicated designs or shapes, which would prove extremely difficult to mow if created naturally. The design revolves around oppositions: the architectural shape of the upright sculptures and the perfectly straight lines of the background hedge contrast with the gentle curves and hollows. Green is the dominant color within the design and has been used to striking effect, complemented with splashes of bright red.
There are many alternatives to grass when creating a natural sculpture. In this design a usable sofa has been shaped out of the evergreen plants ivy and boxwood while the seating area is covered with the creeping plant chamomile, which makes an ideal choice — it releases a fresh apple scent when its leaves are crushed.
One of the many advantages of using grass in contemporary garden design is its ability to mold to any contour, whether it be vertical or horizontal. In this garden design soil has been shaped into a raised, curved bank, or "bund," creating an enclosed central space. Meadow grasses have been sown on the top of it and then a range of small groundcover and succulent plants have been selected to hug the inside curve and provide some color.
Many lawn grasses can be used to clothe abstract shapes due to their creeping, fast-growing habits. In this design cuboid, pyramidal, and spherical shapes have been covered with grasses to create a cluster of upright sculptures. Several of these shapes conceal fountains — water spouts out of their tops and runs down the sides, preventing the grasses from drying out and creating a verdant, lush, contemporary look. Grass species suitable for shady sites should be chosen for the sides facing away from the sun, and the turf would need to be replaced regularly to keep it looking fresh.