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How to Make Hyperturfa from Hay and Cement

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Hyperturfa is made from cement and organic matter such as hay. Peat moss is a common organic matter used in making hyperturfa too. Once this material is mixed up you can mold your own planters and pots in which to grow flowers. You can also make garden sculptures from it. Just pack a large cardboard box with it. Wait for the hyperturfa to start setting up and then carve into it. As the hyperturfa ages outdoors, the organic matter will break down and get washed out leaving a rustic looking planter or sculpture.

Things You Will Need

Wheel barrow, chopped hay, cement, water, hoe, rubber gloves, large plastic bowl, small plastic bowl, plastic sheeting

Step 1

In an empty wheel barrow throw in equal parts chopped hay and cement. Add water a little at a time and mix with a hoe. The mixture should be wet all the way through but not so wet that it's sloppy. Put on rubber gloves and try packing the hyperturfa into a snow ball. If it holds its shape, the mixture is just right.


Step 2

Find two plastic bowls, a large one and smaller one to fit inside. There should be 2 or 3 inches of space between the bowels. The plastic bowls should have some flex to them.

Step 3

Pack hyperturfa into the bottom of the large bowl. Make the floor 3 inches thick. Set the smaller bowl on top of the hyperturfa and center it inside the large bowl.

Step 4

Pack hyperturfa in the space between the walls of the two bowls. Press it down tight, really compact it together. Cover the two bowls with plastic and leave the hyperturfa to set up for thirty-six hours.

Step 5

After thirty-six hours, scratch the surface with a nail. If the surface is soft, leave it to air dry longer but take the plastic away. Once the hyperturfa is hard, pull out the smaller, center bowl. Tip the larger bowl over and flex the bowl a little to get the hyperturfa to release from inside of it.

Step 6

Set the hyperturfa planter outside and let it cure in the shade for three weeks. After that time, fill it will soil and plant your flowers inside of it.

Hyperturfa is a great way to make your own garden planters. Make them as big or small as you wish. If you're going to be working on a large scale, say making a planter the size of a small trough, then build your planter at the location you want it because it will be too heavy to move otherwise. Hyperturfa is a great way to save money by not having to purchase ornamental concrete planters at a commercial greenhouse.

Tips & Warnings

Mix time release fertilizer pellets into the hyperturfa. The plant roots will absorb it from the hyperturfa over time.

Be sure to wear rubber gloves when packing the hyperturfa. Cement is caustic due to the lime in it. Lime will burn the skin of your hands.

Buy chopped hay from the local farmer.

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