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Old 05-24-2008, 07:30 AM
 
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One of the previous owners of my house had a few, uhm, peculiar landscaping ideas.

At the foot of the deck stairs, they made a 4'x4' area, and filled it with bright white landscaping rocks. It's definitely out of place in the landscape "design" -- the area would be better filled/covered with pine bark. And weeds are growing up in the rocks, so the area need to be cleared, covered with landscape fabric, and recovered with bark.

So I have to get rid of the rocks, bucketful by bucketful. How? Where? I could sneak 'em, a bucket a week, into my trash bin (ignoring the "no rocks" rule). That would take all summer. Or I could spread them in the crawlspace, but that might look suspicious to future owners/prospective owners.

So how do I get rid of rocks? (and for that matter, excess dirt -- I have to level/dig out the swing path of the fence gate.)
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Old 05-24-2008, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Put an add on Craigslist in the free section!

BYOS - Bring Your Own Shovel
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:22 AM
 
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Put an add on Craigslist in the free section!

BYOS - Bring Your Own Shovel
Exactly what I was thinking! I plan to add some rocks to my landscape, but not white. Sorry, I like the brown tones better. Plus that's next summer's project. But I bet you can get rid them on Craigslist, especially if they are free.
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Old 05-24-2008, 10:56 AM
 
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Hey
That is a great question...
I found many 'boulders' in my yard while doing landscaping over the last year. Cary waste won't pick them up and the waste stations (where you take old lawn furniture, etc) won't take them either.
If anyone knows how to get rid of these things, please let us know.
thanks
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Old 05-24-2008, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I'd probably try to freecycle them to get rid of them. I have them in my yard too, but someone put them all over a flower bed around the foundation of the house in the back. Over time, they've worked themselves down into the soil and I cannot plant a thing there! It's a serious pain! I can't dig and also can't use a tiller or an edger there because they spit rocks out all over the place!

If I ever get around to digging them out, I'll probably just bury them at the way back of the yard in a natural area or something.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:54 PM
 
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Any thing we have ever wanted to get rid of ( sell or free) is gone within a week with
CraigsList. ( Well except for a few loser boyfriends) LOL
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:02 PM
 
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Default update...

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!"
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Southern NC
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I agree with Craigslist or Freecycle...get rid of your junk will others do the work!
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Durham, 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.

Although, if you have some drainage issues around the house and need to divert water, at least you have some rocks now to use around some PVC should you plan to perform such a job.
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Lol who knows why people try to change our landscape to look like california or the desert southwest. I like the trees and earthy tones of mulch etc.
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