Best method for removing landscape rock

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by rockandroller, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Any suggestions here would be great.
    I'm removing some old landscape rock from a bed in the front of my customers house in preparation for some new installs. I was already asked to remove some white 1"-2" white landscape rock, about 2 and a half inches or so, which I completed, only to find a layer of landscape fabric covering another 3-4 inches of brown 2" rock! This job sucks. I went back today to start working on the second layer when I got sick of breaking my back and had to get away..

    I'm a small 1 man operation thus big time equiptment is not in my arsenal. Wheelbarrow, shovels, and my trailer...Other than subbing it out, which I may do, what would you'll out there be using to excavate this out? Manpower? Bobcat? Also what would you'll charge for this? I'm thinking it may be worth my back for $220, which is one quote I got. If I didn't have plenty of work, I would defineately be on it myself.

    The bed is not large...80 sq. ft total? Also, once most of the rock is removed I plan on topping it over with a new layer of topsoil.

    Thanks for the advice
  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    well I would charge a bit more..$350.00 or more.
  3. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 344

    probably a little low on price but that job even by hand shouldn't be that hard.
  4. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121


    The first round of rock wasn't too bad...Just skimming a couple inches off the top of some landscape fabric. But the next phase is much more labor intensive. About three to four inches of 2" rock buried in soil. Not my cup of tee when I can be making just as much doing bed clean-ups and mulching right now..
  5. robertsturf

    robertsturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Honestly I would use a Bobcat if possible. I have run into the same problem a regretted it. From now on I am putting in a clause in the bid about hidden or buried obstacles.
  6. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    Tell the home-owner, charge more and either hoof it out or rent-a-wreck for a day.Or they might not want to pay more now that they know it takes a lot more effort.And they must have known that was down there, right?The homeowner might want a whole different plan of attack now.
  7. hwm57

    hwm57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    They make a rock-vac (use search on this site, I believe it was discussed in more detail elsewhere), its a trailer mounted vacuum with a large hopper. It is designed specifically for this task. We rent one locally for 150 a day, you may see if a local rental yard has one.
  8. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Thanks for the replies..........

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