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Front Yard Update

5 Jun

It’s been one year since our front yard was changed over to rock and I thought it was time for an update.


cropped beforeHere it is as of June 3rd.
(Click on any of the pictures to get a better look.)

One of the reasons for this update is because I tweaked the dry riverbed a bit yesterday and I wanted to share.

Last May I mentioned spraying the riverbed with some sort of concrete sealer to give the riverbed a sort of “wet” look and to help it stand out more from the main yard rock.

I did finally end up using a product specifically for stonework and pavers that coated the rocks and gave it a shiny look that appeared to be wet, but after seeing the final results, I realized that wasn’t what I really wanted.
The sheen was nice, but there still was no contrast between the two types of rock and the riverbed didn’t really stick out. What I really needed was something that would penetrate the rock to enhance the colors.

So, as I was out for my walk a few days ago thinking about this, I suddenly remembered that every time I use Thompson’s Water Sealer on our wooden deck, when any of it has dripped on the rocks below, it always soaks into the rocks making them look wet. D’oh! Had the answer been in our shed the whole time?
As soon as I got home, I experimented.

I picked out two rocks from the riverbed. One was smooth and the other a bit more porous but they both absorbed the water sealer just fine and the colors really popped. After two days in the sun, both rocks still looked great so I went ahead and sprayed the entire riverbed.
I realize two days wasn’t very long to wait, but what the heck…nothing ventured nothing gained.

riverbed beforeRiverbed before Thompson’s Sealer…

riverbed afterRiverbed after.


In person, it jumps out at you a bit more than in pictures.

Because I coated the riverbed last year with a sealer, not every rock soaked up the Thompson’s Sealer like I’d hoped for, but overall, it did a great job of soaking in.
It definitely looks like a “wet” riverbed now and the nice thing is, it isn’t sticky or greasy.

I’ll definitely keep an eye on things and let you know how it works out in the long run.

the bridgeHere’s another “tweak” that was added yesterday. A little bridge I build out of some odds and ends wood scraps we had in our wood pile.

I thought it would be kinda fun to have a small bridge for crossing the riverbed when I do any watering.


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