How to Add Greenery to Your Model Layout

Posted by Dustin Bethel on

There are various details when it comes to putting together a model railroad. When decorating your scenery, it's important to take note of the various methods to choose from in order to best suit your needs. Here are a few methods to help you along the way:

  • Sawdust- One of the oldest methods in the book, hobbyists have been utilizing sawdust in their scenery for years.This is one of the cheapest and easiest methods to use. You can easily apply the sawdust with a layer of clear-drying adhesive before sealing it. Various manufacturers also sell it pre-painted for added effect. The modeler can add extra methods such as spray painting for realism.
  • Grass Mats - For an easier approach, grass mats can also be utilized. These mats are directly applied to the surface of your layout. The mats are usually made out of a thin layer of fine granular material or fiber material. The outcome often creates a more neat and contoured appearance.
  • Turf - The most commonly used form of ground cover is turf. It’s easy to apply and it's versatile. A great advantage of using turf is the ability to blend color tones and create various textures.  
  • Static Grass - Although this option is on the more pricey range, static grass can create the most realistic appearance. Static grass reacts to the static charge provided by a specially built applicator. The charge caused by this tool results in a 3D grass effect. Static grass goes well in O or HO scale, but may not be necessary for an N or Z scale layout.

Whatever method you choose, remember to do your research and have fun! Make sure to visit us at for everything trains! 



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