How to Fabricate Faux Rocks

Overview

With the high price of some landscaping materials, some enterprising gardeners choose to make their own landscaping materials, such as faux rocks out of concrete. Faux rocks can be made solid and used in paving stone projects or made hollow to cover a set of speakers around a pool or dropped over a utility meter to cover its unsightly appearance. Making faux rocks is an easy project when you use a hypertufa recipe.

Step 1

Pull on garden gloves, protective clothing and breathing protection. Concrete is caustic and can irritate your skin or lungs if exposed.

Step 2

Measure all ingredients into a wheelbarrow for mixing using a measuring cup. Combine 1 part peat moss and 1 part concrete dry mix into a wheel barrow and mix thoroughly.

Step 3

Add water and mix until the hypertufa is the consistency of a mud pie.

Step 4

Shape the mix into a rock shape. For hollow rocks, shape chicken wire into a base form. Apply hypertufa to the surface of the form to make a rock texture. Build up the rock surface by applying more layers of hypertufa as each layer dries.

Step 5

Cover your hypertufa shape with plastic and mist with a bottle of water to keep moist while the form cures for up to 48 hours. Remove the plastic and allow the form to dry for another week.

Tips and Warnings

  • Clean your wheelbarrow, trowel and other tools while the hypertufa mix is still wet. If the tools are allowed to dry, you will have to chip the mix away from them.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Protective clothing
  • Breathing protection
  • Measuring cup
  • Concrete
  • Peat moss
  • Garden hose
  • Wheel barrow
  • Trowel
  • Chicken wire
  • Spray bottle

References

  • The Artistic Garden: Hypertufa What?
  • Hypertufa: What is Hypertufa?
  • Fine Gardening: Make a Hypertufa Trough.

Who Can Help

  • Efil Doog: Hypertufa - Pots, Tubs, Troughs
Keywords: making your own landscaping rocks, DIY Rocks, hypertufa

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."