How To Dispose Of Rocks: 8 Creative Ways To Remove Excess Stones

Doing a DIY landscaping project is quite a laborious job, especially when you don’t know how to dispose of rocks, dirt, and other debris. There are various methods to clean your yard or lawn from unwanted rocks.

You can dispose of rocks by renting a roll-off dumpster, hiring a junk removal company, or a landscaping company. You can also repurpose the rocks into other small DIY projects, such as, building a fire pit or encircling a plant base with it. If you do not need the rocks at all, you can give them to charity or landscapers. If the stones are not that many then you can do it by yourself with the help of tools like wheelbarrows. 

Removing rocks from your backyard is a tiresome job, but doing it the right way can make it a lot easier for you. Before you embark on this messy journey, you should take into account:

  • How big are the rocks
  • The percentage of rocks in the soil
  • What are you using the soil for
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This article will show you different ways in which you can clear the soil in an easy and tidy manner. 

How To Dispose Of Rocks From Your Backyard? [8 Ideas]

When it comes to disposing of rocks from your backyard, you will come across different ways. Some of the common ideas are discussed below.

Rent a Roll Off Dumpster

Removing the rocks yourself can become gigantic if the rocks are too many. Instead, you can hire a roll-off dumpster to do it for you.

There are many companies that you can

contact for a dumpster. A delivery guy will drive the dumpster to your address.

You can load the dumpster with rocks and then dispose of it where you want. While using a dumpster do not put too much weight on it.

Junk Removal Company

Another way to dispose of rocks is to hire a junk removal company. This will make it easy for you to focus on your landscaping project and the company will take care of everything else.

A junk removal company can clear rocks, concrete, and dirt from your backyard. Before contacting the company, it is best to inquire about what won’t remove.

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These companies charge by volume or the number of things you want to be carried.

Do It Yourself

If you have the time and energy then you can remove the rocks by yourself. You just need to load the rocks into the wheelbarrow with the help of a shovel and dispose of them in a suitable location.

You can take the help of different tools like wheelbarrows and shovels. You can also put a wooden frame on your wheelbarrow and use chicken wire at the bottom and stapling to the outside of the frame. 

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You can shovel the rocks and dirt mixture into the sieve. The dirt will go into the wheelbarrow and you will end up with clean rocks/stones on the sieve. You can then repurpose these rocks for another use.

Build a Fire Pit

Another way to get rid of rocks is to build a fire pit.

 To build a fire pit first you need to dig a circle.  you can do it by using a shovel.  then put some rocks around the circle.  A single layer of rocks would be enough but you can make it double to contain the fire properly and prevent it from damaging the surrounding grass.

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One thing to keep in mind is that do not use wet rocks, as they sometimes crack, or even in rare cases the rocks can explode

Landscaping Company

A landscaping company will not only take care of your DIY landscaping project, but it will also remove unwanted rocks and stones from your lawn or garden.

You don’t need to spend hours in order to remove old landscaping rocks from your garden. You just need to contact a landscaping company that provides rock removal services.

 The experts in the company will also tell you how to redesign the space after removing the rocks.

Online Selling

If you want a few extra bucks then you can sell the rocks online.

To sell the rocks online you can run an ad online or an Ecwid store. You can also sell it through popular platforms such as amazon and Shopify.

Give Them Free

If you can not put the rocks into a useful project, you can just give it for free. You can give it to a local landscaper or a charity organization. 

You can also advertise it online and someone who needs it will contact you. 

Encircle The Tree/Plant Base

There are a lot of edging tools out there but I prefer the natural look that rocks can give you to your backyard.

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If you are running a lawn mover in your yard then it can accidentally damage the tee. Putting rocks around the tree will act as a protective barrier. You can also use the rocks to mark a garden bed.  

Landscape Rock Removal Cost

Landscape rock removal can be expensive depending on the type of land and location. Most companies that provide rock removal services charge between 100 to 140 dollars per cubic yard.

Note that rocks within one cubic yard area can fill 10 to 15 wheelbarrows. 

Below is the list of tools (and their prices), that are used in the rock removal process.

Tools Cost
Garden Rake20-30$
Gloves 5-10$/pair
Pointed shovel25-40$

Where Can I Dump Rocks For Free?

There are many ways through which you can dump rocks for free. Some of them are listed below.

  • You can give the rocks to a local landscaper or supplier. They accept rocks, concrete, and other debris from the public.
  • Home improvement stores accept rocks to use in different projects.
  • Another way is to give the rocks to local recycling and landfilling centers.
  • Plant nurseries also accept rocks and stones.
  • You can give them for free or in charity

These were some of the ways for free rock disposal, if you know some more, let me know in the comments. 


How to dispose of old rocks?

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You can dispose of old rocks in the same way as other rocks. Scoop up the rocks with the help of a shovel into a wheelbarrow and rack.
 You can also remove the rocks from the soil by using a tractor or plough. If you do not want to do it by yourself then hire a company.

How to dispose of big rocks?

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For big rocks, you can use a wheelbarrow or hire a dumpster and dispose it of them in a suitable area. If the rocks are too big to handle then you should go for a rock removal service. There are many companies, such as junk removal companies, that provide rock removal services.

How to dispose of stones from the garden?

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If you have loose stones or rocks in your garden then you can pick them one by one and rack them. However, in my garden, I prefer some rocks as they leach out some minerals.

If you find a big rock in your garden that you cannot remove then you can pry it out. You can also take the help of another person.

Wrapping Up

So, how to dispose of rock? Rock disposal is a daunting task and can be quite expensive. But before you do it, you should keep in mind the following things;

  • Use the proper types of equipment. This will make the process a lot easier for you.
  • You should choose the equipment in accordance with the size and percentage of rocks in the soil.
  • If you have the budget then go for a rock removal service.

I hope this article might help in your landscaping project.

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