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    dav
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    Default Rock rake use....

    Hope this will help anyone who would like to have a lawn where there is now a rock bar. A year ago in early september I purchased a 2 acre lot. I added a house and all the other things to make it through the winter. Boy It looked great with the fresh fallen swow on the ground. Then came spring, Wow! I realized there wasn't a square inch in the 1.5 acres where I wanted that big lawn that did't have rocks, not just little rocks, I'm talking big inplanted beginning of time rocks. Yea I can joke about it now I'm almost done. Anyone just starting, here are a few things I learned. Keep in mind I was determined to do as much work as possable with a Massey 1010 4wd 16hp, a 6'rock rake,a dirt scoop and a small dump cart. Without hireing out the work or renting another piece of equippment. And with a minimum of purchased top soil. This is the best way I have found to do it. First if you want to just rip out the rocks and maybe do a bit of leveling, you need a day when your soil is very damp. If you want to windrow your rocks for removal, then you need a dry day so your rake will just get what is loose and won't windrow much soil with your rocks. I start with a damp day and rip rocks, It takes time, you need to go slow for the rake to work properly. Start very slow and increase speed until you see the rake starting to do alot of jumping over rocks. There is a point where the rake is moving too fast to get a good bite on the rocks. There will always be a few that the rake will jump but by trying different speeds and angles on your top link you will find what works best. Be sure your rake is level from side to side. when windrowing the rocks for removal I just drive round and round in a big circle with the rake angled to push the rocks toward the center of the circle. Don't try to put too many rocks in one row, when the row starts to fill with soil I go inside of that row and start another. Be sure to leave room so you aren't running into the first row and so on. Once I have them raked up I drive up and down the rows and load them onto the dirt scoop or dump cart. The scoop works better for the big ones because you can just back under them or roll them on. If you have a loader that would be easier. Yes I load them by hand, remember I want to save the soil. I'll admit when I started I did have a fella with a backhoe and a dump truck haul away 14 loads of 80-90%rock the rest soil. but thay were all raked into piles. All this takes time and some were loosened with a 6' pry bar, Don't know exactly how many rocks I have removed, but I friend hauled several ton for his house and I now have a 200'long 3' high rock fence but I know when I'm done It will look great. Hope this helps someone with the same problem.
    Take Care..Dav.


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    Default Re: Rock rake use....

    dav,

    Good Post. Many of us do indeed have the same problem. I had always tilled the soil first, then raked it, but I broke quite a few tiller tines as the soil was not very moist. Liked the way you wind rowed them. I have a loader and would probably try to use it to pick up some of them, but any way you get rid of them is what counts. I don't haul off rocks. I just keep piling them on the edge of a mound and the level area just gets a little bigger.

    I haven't found a really good way to drill post holes in rocky soil. The local kubota dealer rents an expensive rock drill for $200 a day, which is probably what I will have to do for the really bad ones.


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    Wow! I'm impressed. I have a small area in my back yard like you described. I used a pry bar when the soil was wet to remove the rocks. Then added some topsoil. But the extent of your chore is unbeliveable. I would have hauled in topsoil. Next you need to practice your rock mason skills.


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    Dav,

    Thats a bunch of rock. I built a rock wall several years ago and know how much rock it takes to go 3' high x 200'. Plus you hauled away 14 dump loads! You must have lowered your grade by 2', good job, I am glad it was yours and not mine.


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    Thanks All,
    I have to admit there were several times I thought I was going to just quit, and let it grow over in weeds or sew some wildflowers. But after I got to a point it was more of a mission than a chore. I felt I was going to defeat the rocks they weren't going to defeat me. I'm still not done It's looking like I'm going to need some topsoil for leveling. I bought a box scraper for the chore, It levels alright, and rips out more big rocks also. But it looks like I'll only need maybe 20 ton instead of 100 or more.
    Take Care All...Dav,


    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by dav on 8/22/00 02:58 PM.</FONT></P>

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    When the soil is a little moist, drop those scarfiers on the box and it will pull some more rocks for you. Just in case you wanted something else to do.


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    Default Re: Rock rake use....

    Dav,
    Around here we call that a gravel pit not a lawn! You could have a fortune there.

    Von


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    Default Re: Rock rake use....

    In this area many people sell fieldstone. I have had alot of people stop and ask to buy my rock fence, funny though, only had one person stop and offer to collect the stone while it was still inbedded in the ground. He picked up a load on his pickup, maybe a ton, gave me $20 and away he went. Boy I wish there were a couple hundred people around here like that.I'm planing on seeding it down an a couple weeks. Already have about 125lb of K31 just waiting....
    Take Care. Dav,


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    I can't seem to find a rock rake locally to pick up anything bigger than leaves and gravel. I have a field of 2"-4" rock. How can I remove it? All I have is a loader/scaper, dics, and a brush hog. Where can I find a heavy duty rake to cut 2"-3" for my size rock? Any clues?

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    Have you thought about a rock bucket?
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