Rocks In the Lawn

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chris@perfectlawncare, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. chris@perfectlawncare

    chris@perfectlawncare LawnSite Member
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    I have two customers that have newer (< 5 years old) homes where the contractor planted grass. They both have a great deal of rocks ranging from pebbles on the surface to ~5"x5". I have thought of two approaches:
    - Rent a skidsteer, get a couple yards of screened topsoil, put 1 or 2 inches down all over the lawn, seed it, and see how that goes.
    - Slit seed it twice, at 90 degree angles.

    My main qualm with the skidsteer/topsoil method is the fact that the lawns are already meeting the sidewalk at the appropriate level.

    I know, I know, :hammerhead: question and it's kind of :dizzy: without pictures, but do you have any suggestions?
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are the rocks on the surface or are they sub surface?
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  3. chris@perfectlawncare

    chris@perfectlawncare LawnSite Member
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    They are on the surface, causing grass to not grow there.
     
  4. you might consider having an old fashioned rock picking party.
     
  5. chris@perfectlawncare

    chris@perfectlawncare LawnSite Member
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    :laugh: get the whole family out on their lawn, paying me to remove rocks from their property...
     
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree, get a couple of 5 gallon buckets and pick them up. Even with a 2" coating of topsoil the rocks will make it back to the surface.
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  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, ask your customer to pick them up or hire you to do it.
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  8. chris@perfectlawncare

    chris@perfectlawncare LawnSite Member
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    Okay. Let me take a couple of pictures and I'll post them tomorrow. Do you think a slit seeder would make them easier to get out?
     
  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, rocks will fly everywhere. The best way is to remove as many as you can...I had to do the same thing, picked a few up every time I mowed my lawn or went outside. Now I just have to teach the dogs not to bring them back to the lawn.
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  10. tell me your not serious.
     

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