Getting rid of rocks from a rocky area of land is an arduous process that can take a long time. For removing a large rock, professional help is a must. It is not worth straining a muscle to remove a giant rock. Smaller rocks can be removed with tools designed for the purpose, or they can be removed by hand. Removing the majority of rocks from an area is the only way to produce fertile soil for gardening or clear land for building.
Things You'll Need
- Rock rake
- Work gloves
- Dust mask
- Safety goggles
- Roto tiller
Determine whether the rocks in your lawn are small enough to handle yourself, or if you need a professional to remove a large boulder. Professional rock removers use techniques such as cutting the rock in specific places to make it easier to remove, or by removing the rocks with heavy machinery. Removal of rocks bigger than 3 to 5 feet in diameter should not be attempted without the use of professional machinery.
Remove large rocks first. Dig out the bottom of the rock with the shovel by digging about 3 inches deep all the way around the rock. Try to lift the bottom of the rock with the shovel. If the rock is embedded deeply into the soil, dig until you reach the bottom of the rock.
Pick up the rock using your legs, and not your back. If the rock is too heavy to lift, do not attempt it alone. Ask a friend to help you lift the rock. Place the rocks into the wheelbarrow until you can move them to another location.
Rent a tractor and rock rake from a hardware or tractor supply company if you have many small rocks to remove from a large area. Connect the rock rake to the back of the tractor. Drive the tractor in straight rows along the ground to remove small and medium sized rocks. The rocks will get trapped inside the rock rake.
Use a regular metal lawn rake to remove smaller rocks from a small area, or to remove rocks that were too small to get picked up by the tractor. Rake the rocks into a pile, scoop them up with a shovel and place them into a wheelbarrow.
Till the top 6 inches of soil to loosen any rocks hidden under the surface of the ground. Scoop the rocks out with a shovel and place into a wheelbarrow. You can also go over the ground again with the rock rake and tractor.
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