UE5 unable to recreate trampled grass effect

I am trying to create the effect of grass being stepped on when the player runs/walks on it, but I have tried three different tutorials, none of which have worked for me:

I have read that these methods have worked for other people who have used them, but I have followed them to the letter, tried tweaking some small things for fear of breaking something beyond recognition, and still cannot get the same results.



Here are the nodes that came from those tutorials. Any help would be appreciated, I’m at my wit’s end. Thank you!