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.
Pull on garden gloves, protective clothing and breathing protection. Concrete is caustic and can irritate your skin or lungs if exposed.
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.
Add water and mix until the hypertufa is the consistency of a mud pie.
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.
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.