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Old 05-24-2008, 08:47 PM
 
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My husband put those rocks in planting beds around our pool.
Hate them..hate them...hate them...
especially when I step on the ones that get all over the pool deck.
I told him!!! but do they ever listen to us !!
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Old 05-24-2008, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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OK, I decided that the rocks were just plain buggin' me, and that I wanted them out of here so that I could spread cloth and barkmulch. So, I'm moving the rocks, a bucket at a time, to the back fence line (up a hill that gets steeper with each bucket load), and dumping them between a very thick monsterous shrub and the fence.

What I have discovered so far:

1. the shrub isn't "mine" -- a long time ago it pushed through from the other side of the fence! Other than a pushed aside board, the fence is fine, and I'm glad to have the dense shrubbery!

2. Underneath the white rocks there are pieces of flagstone! I'm thinking "homeowner #1, lazy homeowner #2..."

3. There is also a layer of geocloth: the weeds were growing in the pockets of decayed matter between the rocks. Hooray!

One of the many advantages of buying an "older" home: you get to play "domestic archeologist!"
I've had a similar domestic archeologist program around my mailbox! We also had the white rocks, and it was miserable. It wasn't just the aesthetics, it was the fact that our house is very close to the bus stop and every time the junior high bus let kids out they'd stop at our driveway, drop their bags, and start picking up stones and throwing them at each other.

I moved the rocks under our back deck.

As I was re-doing the area though, I discovered that the previous owners of our house had built a two-deep wall of paving stones under the ground around the mailbox. I wound up with enough paving stones to make a border around a larger area, but they wouldn't have been my first choice if I were choosing a border. I just couldn't figure out what to do with those either!

(The moral of my story is: don't put the rocks anywhere where junior high kids can get to them.)
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Old 05-25-2008, 07:22 AM
 
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Default more domestic archeology!

That reminds me of another domestic archaeology find:

when I trimmed back the rather lush juniper groundcover out front, I found mysterious borders (at least I think they were borders, for long-lost flower beds?) of red bricks set flush in the ground!

I pulled them out, and now have a pile of about 50 red bricks stacked by the house. I have no idea what I'll do with those!
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Old 05-25-2008, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Southern NC
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Amazing what the word "FREE" will do in an ad. Yes, CL is a good place to give it a shot. But I would say collect the rocks and place them in a pile in an accessible area. If they're not dug out, I figure anyone coming over may sense you're trying to enlist free labor too.

That is part of the point most people advertise these types of things on Craigslist....it is a normal occurance for ads for free wooden decks (you take apart), free bushes (you dig up)...etc....that way both parties are getting something.
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Old 05-25-2008, 10:38 AM
 
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I pulled them out, and now have a pile of about 50 red bricks stacked by the house. I have no idea what I'll do with those!

We had a stack of bricks that the previous owner had left. I put them on freecycle and they were gone within 24 hours.
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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....it is a normal occurance for ads for free wooden decks (you take apart), free bushes (you dig up)...etc....that way both parties are getting something.
I can totally understand bushes and decks since taking apart a deck helps one put it back together again. But a bunch of rocks in the ground... if someone is willing to go about doing that, I've got a ton of rocks in our driveway I'll give free to anyone who wants to back their truck in the driveway, rake or dig them up, and haul'em away. It's a pain to dig up rocks, however. Just not worth it to me. But if it were successful, I guess it might be worth a try. I'll post something this week. Now, bushes on the other hand, yes, leave'm in the ground until someone digs them up so they have a better chance of transplantation. I'd rather dig them up myself unless the owner knows how to ball roots.
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My husband put those rocks in planting beds around our pool. Hate them..hate them...hate them... especially when I step on the ones that get all over the pool deck. I told him!!! but do they ever listen to us!!
Yes, some do. I listen to my significant other all the time, and if she thought it was dumb to put rocks in places where it could cause her harm, I wouldn't place them there. I imagine placing the rocks there are simply for maintenance convenience. But, yes, they're a hassle.
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I pulled them out, and now have a pile of about 50 red bricks stacked by the house. I have no idea what I'll do with those!
Doesn't seem like much, you could start yourself the beginnings of deck, patio, barbecue or even a planter. Although fifty would only be the beginning, of course.
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