add "color" during the mixing.
If your hand mixing it will be hard to make the color consistent.
Most concrete companies have one old mixer for this. They will not use their
production stuff cause it is messy.
I needed some red concrete for a electric line for a protective convert. I
had 8 yards of concrete. I asked the concrete guys at Marvel how much I
needed. Their calculation was 127 pounds. Because of the way the color was
sold I ended up with 135 pounds of color. Dumped all of it into the mixer on
the job added 10 gallons of water and mixed like hell for 10 minutes. It
came out the prettiest pink that you ever saw. Not even close to red.
A grass green will take a bunch of color, good luck
Lowes tile grout section has some bags of those tiny sparking pieces
that also grow in the dark. They are supposed to mix in the grout and
give a nice grout. Maybe you can put some of in part of your concrete
and mix with those pieces and pour on top of the concrete.
They are many different color to choose from.
Mixing in the color will yeild the most durable result but you may not get
the color you want without some experimenting and careful measuring. This
is also the most labor intensive. You may need to add a considerable amount
of die to the mixer.
Transparent stains give a muted color, some variation based on the surface
conditions and mix of the concrete and can be darkened with additional coats
or blended with other colors for a faux finish look. These can be sprayed,
rolled, brushed or ragged onto the concrete. Most of these are liquid but
some are powder you sprinkle on after etching with acid.
Solid stain, concrete paint or epoxy paint all will give a fully saturated
color of predictable hue but it will look like paint and may need retouching
in a couple years.
If you want to blend into your lawn, try a base caot of transparent green
stain with splotches of brown, sandstone or terracotta for variation and
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