How-To: Hand Seeded Exposed Concrete

Are you looking for a unique way to update your backyard that goes beyond new plants and landscaping?  Looking for interesting ideas for the unfinished backyard of your new tract home?  We think a hand seeded exposed concrete patio could be just the thing you are looking for!

This finish is definitely one of the toughest to get just right, but we think it’s worth the time and precision it takes!

After we lay down the concrete and float it smooth, we immediately get the washed rocks floated in and all the other tooling done.  Time is of the essence! Once the concrete starts to change color and is hard to the touch, you will need to mix and spray a sugar water on the concrete.  At MBJ Concrete, we use a solution made with two pounds of sugar, 1 liter of Pepsi and about 2.5 gallons of water.

Once the concrete has been sprayed with the sugar water, you let it dry about an hour (depending on the weather). After it has dried, start washing the sugar off with clean water and a horsehair blend broom.  You will get to see your finished project and just how cool this finish looks!


An example of hand seeded exposed concrete

An example of hand seeded exposed concrete

If you live in the greater Sacramento area, including Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, and want to update your home’s outdoor space with a hand seeded exposed concrete patio, give MBJ Concrete a call today for a free estimate!