Hedges and foliage
Woodland Scenics Poly Fiber is a key product here. It’s so versatile - you can tease it out between your fingers to make hedges, or you can roll it into balls and cover it in scatter to make background trees. And you can stick scatter to it with either PVA or extra-hold hairspray. It’s great value too: a bag of it will set you back just £3.50, and you’ll have enough for a layout of this size. Oh, and you can use it for filling in gaps in the scenery and to model creeping plants on building walls.
This section represents a heavily overgrown area, thick with weeds and brambles. The brighter green material is a fibre from US company Micromark
Using a flat paintbrush, apply neat PVA glue to the area where you intend to plant your hedge. Spread it around with the brush to ensure even coverage.
Push the Poly Fiber into the glue with your finger. Don’t worry about clearing up the excess glue just yet…
Leave your hedge to dry. Vacuum away the excess scatter and you should be left with a hedge that looks something like this.
Sprinkle on fine, good-quality scatter material of your choice and leave it to dry. No wet glue should be showing.
Spray the area with extra-hold unscented hairspray. Supermarket own-brand hairspray is an economical purchase.
After sprinkling the green scatter materials on the still-wet hairspray, this is the result – quite a difference. This was just five minutes’ work.
Poly Fiber comes out of the bag in small ‘balls’. Work it between your fingers so that it will cover a greater area.