How’s this for yard art? I’m absolutely certain the Jones’ next door don’t have a grass couch in their backyard. This puts a whole new meaning on “green-living.”
The people at ReadyMade give a detailed how-to on their website. It requires some work and getting a bit dirty, but I’m thinking it would be totally worth it to make a few of these before a big party, or other outdoor event.
I just don’t want to be in charge of all that trimming…
NB – Sadly, ReadyMade is no more, and the link above is broken. Here’s the archived snapshot from the Internet Archive.
Originally posted by ReadyMade
Project by Greg Tate; photos by Brian Slaughter
“This lush greenery is totally organic, requires no synthetic finishes, and can be brought to life, Golem-style, from salvaged dirt. St. Augustine tiles create a seamless, living upholstery, or try wheatgrass for a durable alternative. Ask your nursery about planting tips unique to your sod. Note: Couch may require mowing.”
- 150 cubic feet of dirt
- 3 bags of Gromulch
- 1 bag of gypsite
- Five 4 x 8-foot sheets of OSB plywood (aka waferboard)
- Twenty-six 1 x 3 x 48-inch wood stakes
- 60 square feet of sod tiles (or strips)
- Chopsticks or planting stakes
- 5 10-foot rolls of 2×24-inch poultry netting/chicken wire
- Small box of 10D nails
- Handsaw or utility knife
Before you begin, figure the dirt you need by multiplying the dimensions of the couch you plan to make (ours was 8x4x4 feet, or 128 cubic feet). Next, put on some old clothes-things are going to get messy-and locate a suitable spot. Placement is key: There’ll be no moving once you’ve begun. Clear the area of grass and weeds until you have a level swath of dirt, then use a stick to sketch the shape of the couch into the dirt with a stick.
Drive the wood stakes into the ground along the perimeter of your sofa-shaped sketch, every 18 inches or so, to a depth of about 12 inches. These will secure the form.
Attach the waferboard to the stakes to create the walls of the form. Use a handsaw to trim the waferboard to size. Drive in a nail every 4 inches along each stake to secure the boards.
Start shoveling dirt into the form. Here’s where things get messy. Once a foot of dirt is in place, water lightly and compress by stomping around on top of it.
Once the basic shape is in place and secure, carefully remove the form works.
Mold the shape to your liking. Remove any loose debris and sprinkle the sofa and other areas you’ll be sodding with a healthy layer of fertilizer and gypsite. Water lightly.
For extra support, lay strips of poultry netting over the arms and back.
Lay the sod. Press down the edges to create a smooth surface clear to the ground. Stagger the rows so the seams don’t fall in a line, and use chopsticks or planting stakes to keep them in place over the wire.
During the next few weeks, water your sofa often, soaking it thoroughly. Once the sod has taken root, remove the chopsticks or planting stakes. Trim as needed.