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Boulders

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by tthomass, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,496

    Who's a good source of boulders? I'm using them more and more.....example being retaining walls with a more true "boulder" and steps with the thinner.

    Nurseries are all over the place......$250-$450 each. I need a good source for getting them cheaper.

    Thanks!
     
  2. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,929

    Look at builder sites. They have to pay to get rid of them, so they will gladly let you have them. That's where we get 90% of all our boulders.

    Chris
     
  3. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 601

    If you want to come to Jersey I have several tandem loads for sale cheap. Trucking would kill you though so I was kinda joking.
     
  4. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 601

    Maybe you and Chris could split the trucking.......just kidding. I'll sell you tandem/triaxle load for 750, sizes between 36 and about 56 inches, some round , some irregular, some flat(kinda). You pay the freight.
     
  5. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,260

    You want boulders?!??!?! I have a HUGE pile on my job site right now. I am working in a subdivsion where every lot had to be blasted. After we excavated two hundred yards of dirt for the walls, we just kept starting through the pile pulling out the good dirt for the backfill of the reinforced area of the SRW.

    I am actually trucking them accross town to a job i am going to do in a couple weeks.

    In my area, it is no proablem getting boulders. Here you have to pay people to take them off your hands. If i tried to sell them for 450 a peice, id get laughed at.
     
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,403

    Boulders are plentiful.......if you know where to look.

    Yet - they are expensive to haul. They typically are hauled in a tandem or tri axle dump truck. Most people will only haul them with a steel body, as they'll tear up an aluminum body. The hauling / freight will eat you up.

    If you come across nice boulders and stone - then gobble it up.


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  7. cedarcroft

    cedarcroft LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 442

    we buy from a guy in NJ who brings us a load every week or 2. that is for nice Moss Rock. here on LI we have "native" boulders that are sandy colored and smooth. these are cheaper and we use them sometimes. the point is that native boulders are cheaper and you can usually get them from an excavating company or builder as mentioned above. I would call evry excavator in the book and see what they can do for you.
     
  8. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,066

    Look up Hard Hat News. It's a tabloid size construction newspaper. They ALWAYS have people looking to get rid of Fill, Topsoil, Boulders, Rip Rap, Sand. etc etc etc.
     

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