It’s a thing that’s often overlooked, but don’t underestimate the importance of your landscaping rocks. Thanks to their natural appeal and interesting texture, they can add a lot to your yard. Landscaping rocks are very aesthetically-pleasing and can make your yard look better than ever.
However, depending on the weather and time of day, rocks can look or become dull over time. If you want them to appear attractive all the time instead of just during certain lighting conditions or seasons—you need to make sure that they don't look dull, boring, or tasteless.
That is why it's important for you to learn how to make your landscaping rocks look wet. The process isn't difficult—just follow these few simple steps and be sure that your rock-pond will soon gleam like mine!
How to Make Landscape Rocks Look Wet With Some Easy Steps
Cleaning the Rocks
When you're cleaning rocks that are outside all day, it might seem unusual to clean them with water and a scrub brush. But this step is important if you want to avoid hazy or uneven results. If you have any large rocks on your property, you can rinse them down with water and then use a scrub brush with stiff bristles to remove lingering debris. Cleaning decorative rocks by hand is time-consuming, so using a power washer will probably be your best choice for this task. When your landscaping rocks are very dirty, you can clean them using high-grit sandpaper.
Choose A Quality Landscaping Sealant
First, choose a high-quality sealant. There are many different products on the market, and you’ll need to consider a handful of variables before choosing one. Generally, nontoxic exterior sealants are best for landscaping stones like polished black river rock. Before you seal all the rocks in your yard, try out various products on a few sample ones to see how they hold up over time and under different weather conditions.
Preparing To Seal Landscaping Rocks
When you’re ready to seal your landscaping rocks, it’s important to prep the area and do it on the right day. You won’t be able to clean or seal your decorative rocks if it’s raining, windy, or extremely hot or cold. As a general rule, you should only seal them when everything is moderate—no chance of rain or strong winds. To make sure you don’t get dust and pollen on them after they’re cleaned and sealed, you might want to spray down the rest of your yard with a garden hose.
Applying the Sealant
Applying a sealant to rocks is a fairly simple process, but applying it correctly does take some time and patience. However, this is the final step, and it should be done carefully so as not to waste any or get it on plants or other areas of your yard. Make sure to choose a sprayer that’s powered by pump action or a generator. Consistent speed and distance are the best way to get a good finish. Once the sealant has been applied correctly, you can wait for at least one day before pouring a little water on a test rock. If the water beads up when you spray it, and the decorative rock stays wet, then no additional coats are necessary.
Hopefully, we have provided you with some useful information on how to make your landscape rocks look wet. To summarize, there are numerous different ways to make this happen. But by following our advice and suggestions, you can avoid the common mistakes that so many other designers make.
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