something to try
Here’s something cool I found at Towards 2012. I think I’m going to make some lawn furniture like this. I got the “how-to” from Ready Made Mag and I have included it here along with observations and comments of my own.
Before you begin, figure the dirt you need by multiplying the dimensions of the couch you plan to make. That would be the “length” x “width” x “height”. Next, locate a suitable spot. Think it through because you won’t be able to move it once you’ve got it done. Clear the area of grass and weeds until you have level ground, then sketch the shape of the couch into the dirt with a stick.
Drive wood stakes into the ground along the perimeter of your sofa-shaped sketch, every 18″ or so, to a depth of about 12″. These will secure the form.
This looks like the hardest part to me. And I think that it might be easier to lay it out first, then attach the wafer board to stakes. You would then be pounding in a pre-made “wall” which would be easier than trying to nail wafer-board to stakes driven into the ground.
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. Do a good job of compressing! This thing is going to have to stand up on it’s own!
Once the basic shape is in place and secure, carefully remove the wafer-board form. Praying the whole time that it holds together and doesn’t slump into a big pile of wet dirt!
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. (Is gypsite the same as gypsum? I wonder…) Water lightly. You don’t want to water it too heavily or it will begin to “melt”.
For extra support, lay strips of poultry netting over the arms and back. It will be really helpful if the poultry netting is already bent to the correct shape. Don’t try to bend it over the arms and back of your “sofa”. Poultry netting can be very ornery at times – I can just see it destroying all your careful work. So, measure and bend it and then lay it on.
Now it’s time to 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. If you want to plant anything else on your sofa, now is the time to do that too. I was thinking how cool it would look with flowers trailing down the back…
And, of course, keep the sheep off of it! I wonder if it would be a good idea to shore up the sides and the back with some big rocks around the base of the sides and the back…
I’m thinking how cool it would be to do a whole little outdoor living area. Maybe even have a “coffee table” complete with strawberries and mint growing out of the center of it. I wonder how well something like this would hold up.