Ideas for Sculpting Turf

Learn how to take your lawn up a notch with these beautiful ideas for sculpting and reshaping your grass and garden spaces.
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.

Artificial Hollows

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.

Creative Rolling Artificial Grass Design

Creative Rolling Artificial Grass Design

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover , 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Chamomile Seat

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.

Lawn Grasses Used to Create Upright Sculptures

Lawn Grasses Used to Create Upright Sculptures

Curved Bank

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.

Garden Tunnel

Garden Tunnel

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover , 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Grass Sculptures

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.

Upright Grass Sculptures

Upright Grass Sculptures

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover , 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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