Landscape & Gardening

Fake Rocks and Boulders for Your Garden

Rocks and Boulders can add charm to any landscape, when nestled around plants and flowers they will make your garden a show piece to wow all of your fiends and neighbors. Purchasing then for your garden can be expensive and even if you have them on you property, moving them to where you want them can be heavy hard work.

Consider making your own fake rocks and boulders for your garden, they can save the expense and hard work of real ones, with  just a few tools and ingredients you can make your own rocks and add some beauty to your garden.


In a sheltered spot away from breezes, mix together portland cement, perlite and peat moss with the hand trowel in the wheelbarrow.

Add water, mixing with the hand trowel, until the mixture is damp but not crumbly.

Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes.

Push the chicken wire into a rock or boulder shape. Stuff plastic grocery bags in the chicken wire holes.

Use the hand trowel to begin applying hypertufa mixture to the chicken wire. Completely cover the chicken wire and use the trowel to make a realistic design. Use the sea sponge to add texture.

Cover the completed rock or boulder with black plastic sheeting and let the hypertufa cure in a sunny spot for two to four days. Check under the plastic several times a day and mist the entire hypertufa rock or boulder with water each time. When it is completely cured and firm, apply the concrete sealer with a paintbrush.

Things You’ll Need

  • 30 lbs. portland cement
  • 1.5 cubic feet perlite
  • 1 cubic foot compressed peat moss
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Water
  • Hand trowel
  • Chicken wire
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Black plastic sheeting
  • Large sea sponge
  • Concrete sealer
  • Paint brush

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Making fake rocks and boulders can be done by any handy homeowner willing to get their hands dirty. Always use extreme caution when working with any cement product, as it contains lime, it can be poison our.

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