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    Default Garden Setup -- Getting rid of rocks

    HI folks,

    I think I might as well be trying to garden in the Matanuska River below the high water line, we have so many rocks in our backyard. Is there an easy way to rid a backyard of rocks prior to seeding (for a lawn) and tilling for a garden plot? I'm not that hip on picking them up by hand or raking the smaller ones (some are basket-ball sized, but most are between that big and soft-ball sized.

    I'm not planning a huge garden, so I think I could clear that plot by hand, but the adjacent yard needs to be seeded, so I was hoping to get it all cleared at once... Newish yard with zero landscaping to date... Just rocks and weeds (and alder sprouts!)...

    Thanks!
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    I never found a way to get rid of them other than by hand. Even then if you don't have much top soil then the next time it rains more will wash to the surface. One thing that might work is to add a foot of topsoil over the rocks. Good luck and let us know if you are able to find a better method than by hand.
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    Thanks, garnede,

    I'm still looking!
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    We put a half foot of topsoil for the lawn. Each spring you may have to pull a few floater rocks before the mower, but not bad.

    We tilled in a garden for 2 or 3 years, spent more time picking rocks than tilling. Then went to raised beds. Raised beds are much nicer.

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