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crimwell

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Mustachian way to get rocks/boulders for landscaping yard?
« on: July 15, 2017, 07:14:09 PM »
Has anyone else landscaped with big rocks/boulders? I'm not talking about areas of gravel/rocks, but more like large feature rocks big enough for a kid to jump off of.

The rocks I'm talking about would be too big to be loaded by hand or in a regular pickup truck.

I can get big ones delivered from the builder supply place in town for about $150-$500 depending on size. Anyone have a more clever way to do this? Calling a quarry directly? How did you get it delivered?


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Re: Mustachian way to get rocks/boulders for landscaping yard?
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2017, 08:31:35 PM »
You need to dig one up in your own yard!

How big of a boulder are you looking for?  Anything larger than what can be easily moved with a skid steer or small front end loader will likely be prohibitively expensive. 

crimwell

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Re: Mustachian way to get rocks/boulders for landscaping yard?
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2017, 10:39:46 PM »
Definitely not bigger than movable with front loader (although that would really be awesome)
Ideally at least 2 ft by 2 ft. The local supply place has rocks up to about 2.5 ft by 3 ft, which is what I'll probably end up with

Not mustachian I'm itself, but I'm replacing thirsty grass with it so I won't need further water/mowing etc

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Re: Mustachian way to get rocks/boulders for landscaping yard?
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2017, 10:56:38 PM »
Rent a big truck for the day, and come take the boulders out of my yard. They're free.

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Re: Mustachian way to get rocks/boulders for landscaping yard?
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2017, 04:28:38 AM »
I'd say up to $500 is a decent deal on a rock that size if delivered and placed just where you want it.

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Re: Mustachian way to get rocks/boulders for landscaping yard?
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2017, 05:34:38 AM »
Do you know any farmers, or know someone who does? As Garrison Keillor said in Lake Wobegon Days, "Every spring the earth heaves up a new crop of rocks," and every farmer I know of has a designated spot where they all get piled. They're usually pretty big, too.

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Re: Mustachian way to get rocks/boulders for landscaping yard?
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2017, 05:58:34 AM »
I think the cost is mostly transportation, equipment and labor.  There isn't much special about the rock itself.  You may find getting 3 rocks installed about the same cost as 1.

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Re: Mustachian way to get rocks/boulders for landscaping yard?
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2017, 06:06:33 PM »
Call a ready mix or concrete contractor near you. Hopefully one that owns a gravel pit.

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Re: Mustachian way to get rocks/boulders for landscaping yard?
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017, 10:11:36 AM »
I guess it depends where you live. In central texas limestone is all over, so it is generally cheapish, and generally, they will deliver for a very small fee, sometimes even free if you order enough.
As far as where to get them? The quarry or basically where the stores would get them from. They normally require that you by the ton (not weight but how much they can scoop up with a truck)

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Re: Mustachian way to get rocks/boulders for landscaping yard?
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2017, 08:50:20 AM »
Great suggestions, folks, thank you. Not too much agriculture around here, but the farmers that are around probably have to deal with a lot of rocks coming up.

Will definitely call the local concrete place.