I'm finally getting around to weeding the yard.
I started by applying a layer of fine ground foam made from several colors to serve as a base for the weeds. This was done mainly to give the weeds a thicker appearance without needing to use a lot of static grass to cover the brown paint.
And yes, eventually I'll get the nails pulled.
Once it was dry, I dabbed on full strength flat Mod Podge with a 1" sponge brush directly to the ground foam base to glue the static grass.
After getting a stretch down I was happy with the result but, I noticed that it looked to even, almost like a golf course, save for the ragged edges between the weeds and ballast.
BTW, this is 4mm grass made up of four different colors: Dark, Medium & Light green with a pinch of Straw tossed in.
So I grabbed the fine Earth ground foam that I had mixed with the Mocha colored grout and started applying it randomly over the foam base to make patches of bare dirt. I sprayed it with water and then applied the 50/50 glue to secure it.
Once it was dry, I again applied the Mod Podge with foam brush on the foam base only, carefully avoiding the dirt patches and started applying the static grass again. After it had set a bit, I vacuumed up the excess grass. Yeah, this looks better.
After the areas on each side of the yard were covered, I started working down between the tracks in the same manner, but I used a smaller 1/2" foam brush to apply the glue in smaller patches. The areas to the left are just the ground foam and the areas on the right are after the static grass was applied.
I'll continue doing this until everything is covered. Then I'll come back and start randomly adding some of the weed tufts that I made as well as in weeds between the ties throughout the yard. I'm planning to come back and adding some coarse foam over the grass/weeds to help break up the uniform look, my plan is to give it a look of larger leafed weeds?