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What to do with (lots of) 1 1/2" rocks that had been used over landscaping fabric?  RSS feed

 
K Putnam
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Landscaping fabric and rocks. (le sigh)

I've been pulling it out for years and continue to collect a large pile of roundish rocks that had been hauled in as "mulch" over the fabric. It's become a Cat in the Hat situation. They have to have some sort of interesting practical purpose.

I am open to any and all ideas.

The only idea I have come up with so far is a reflexology walking path.
 
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Lots of people use them as mulch:

Rocks in the garden

Mulching strawberries with rocks

Flatish Rocks as mulch

Using gravel as mulch

I use a lot of small rocks as mulch in houseplants and container gardening. Plants with rock mulch seem to do better for me than any other mulches I have tried for containers.

Rock piles are also great habitat for beneficial critters like toads and snakes.
 
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You could try selling them.
I'm always surprised by what people are willing to pay for.
 
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You could use them in piles to create mircoclimates in your yard, or to house pest controllers (lizards and small snakes).
 
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This is a perfect size for drain rock. If you have any wet areas, you can create a French drain. It's also a good size for putting under the drip zone of any buildings that don't have gutters. Water hits the rocks and percolates down without much splashing.
 
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This is a perfect size for drain rock. If you have any wet areas, you can create a French drain. It's also a good size for putting under the drip zone of any buildings that don't have gutters. Water hits the rocks and percolates down without much splashing.


BINGO. All good ideas, but this is exactly the brainstorming I needed. I have an outbuilding with exactly this scenario. Thank you!
 
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Sometimes rocks like this are quite dirty. If they are raked around, sometimes the bulk of the dirt falls off. Otherwise they can be raked into a tall pile and washed with a garden hose. I often clean rocks where they sit by using a leaf blower. After the initial cleaning, I rake them around and do it again. This is best done during very dry weather.

Several of my customers have Japanese style gravel gardens. They are kept clean with only a few minutes labor per year. Rocks used in drip zones are given the same treatment.
 
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