Now I'm sure that the use of greenery to hide joins around buildings and other features wont be new to most here, but if you are using printed sheets or paper products, applying this can be a problem. This is especially so if you use prints from an inkjet printer, as the last thing you want near it is any form of liquid. Now you could of course use something like superglue to stick stuff down, but anyone who has tried it will know what a mess you can get in with it.
This method uses a traditional diluted white glue, but keeps the liquid content to a minimum, so lessens the risk of damage to paper products. It is very simple, but can take a while, especially if you are like me and once started, dont know when to stop
The first step is to mix up some of your chosen ground cover with dilute white glue. Let it soak up the glue, you want it fairly wet
Now to apply this just where you want it, a tool is needed to pick it up and transfer it to where you want it on the layout. My preference is a pair of fine tweezers, these enable small amounts to be applied, with the added bonus that you can also squeeze a lot of the liquid out. A small paintbrush could also be used, but will carry more liquid. In addition it is useful to have a pointed tool to prod the ground cover into place. A wooden toothpic will do the job very well, but quickly becomes tacky with the glue, so I prefer plastic or metal tools. Here are a few I use.
At the top is an old plastic paintbrush handle, the end turned to a point in a pencil sharpener. Next a pin vice with an old darning needle ( I think most here are old enough to know what they are
), then a piece of Evergreen Styrene rod, with the end formed to a point. Add to the list, plastic toothpics which are ideal, I couldnt find mine so had to improvise.
Using the tweezers or paintbrush to transfer the groundfoam to the layout, you can place it just where you want it, without effecting the surrounding area. Because it is already soaked in glue, no more is required and once dried out, it will be fixed into position. Here is this technique used to hide the base of the wall and also to have a few weeds growing between the paving, which being card and paper, wouldnt take too kindly to much moisture.
And one more pic showing how the gaps under the paving are filled and and around other details are hidden.
Just for George, have included the fire hydrant cover and sign
Finally, to finish up this section, I should point out that just one green is used thoughout. This ensures that it all matches up and in a small area like this, brings the scene together. You can use other shades of green over the top to introduce extra plant growth, but it is not really needed, thus keeping the costs down