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Old 09-27-2015, 08:45 AM   #1
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some time in the future, i think i may get a few large rocks for my yard.
say, 3'x2'x2'. i am asking now, because i am wondering, and perhaps a deal may come my way. and i want to be informed.

in my area, are there types to look for or avoid ?
and (i know) about what would something like this cost ? retail
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are you talking a single rock of 12 cubic feet?

depending on the type of rock, expect around 150-175 pounds per cubic foot. That would make a rock the size you are talking about around 1800-2100 pounds. Not something you are going to be able to move around easily (although Edward Leedskalnin figured out how to do it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Leedskalnin)



from what I have read the price can vary a lot depending on the type of rock chosen.

here is a site that gives online pricing for a variety of rock types. Not advertising for them but one of the first and best sites I saw with pricing.:

http://www.therockpile.net/boulders.html
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I've been told,, in very short order, to avoid mentioning cost on this forum.
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Look for a landscape supplier in your community.

Nearly every community has at least one.

And they usually will deliver, but you will have to hire a crew to place them exactly where the "BOSS" wants them.


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We a have a number homes in my area that usually use a large rock "glacial erratic here" that was deposited by the glaciers as they receded thousands of years ago, so they are generally available within 100-200 miles, so freight is not too bad. If you have quarries around you, you may find some very large angular blasted rock (not rounded boulders). There is one home with "glacial erratic" properties.

It takes going through a landscape contractor that has the contacts and equipment to handle it.

Here, very large rocks are fairly common for landscaping since they are cheaper in the end than bringing in a tree that will eventually have to be maintained and can die. There is a home near me that has a 12,000# rock. Many other homes have several 2'x2'x3' or 4'.

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I've been told,, in very short order, to avoid mentioning cost on this forum.

I was under the impression that was referring job costs, not the cost of materials. Anybody can do a little hunting to figure out material costs (and there was no attempt to persuade the OP to purchase anything from any particular location but merely to help them find costs of materials in general)


If the folks here are that worried about me saying how much a rock costs or some tool, well, to me that is a bit overboard but, if it's their rules, they can email me and let me know or ban me or whatever. It's their forum so they can make whatever rule they want.
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I was under the impression that was referring job costs, not the cost of materials. Anybody can do a little hunting to figure out material costs (and there was no attempt to persuade the OP to purchase anything from any particular location but merely to help them find costs of materials in general)


If the folks here are that worried about me saying how much a rock costs or some tool, well, to me that is a bit overboard but, if it's their rules, they can email me and let me know or ban me or whatever. It's their forum so they can make whatever rule they want.
There are no rules against discussing the cost of a rock or anything else that I'm aware of as long as you're not selling.

Not sure where you came up with that one SS.
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Down state, we use them to keep people from driving into the yard, if there is a street in front of your house, or to keep them from using your yard as the road, if they tend to not pay attention.

Up in your area, majority of the rocks and boulders will come from the Upper Peninsula.



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Another way, -there are articles floating around showing how to make landscaping rocks. Basically a 2x4 frame with chicken wire or lath stapled to it, trowel on a layer of concrete, then a second layer of concrete colored with dye or dirt.
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Another way, -there are articles floating around showing how to make landscaping rocks. Basically a 2x4 frame with chicken wire or lath stapled to it, trowel on a layer of concrete, then a second layer of concrete colored with dye or dirt.
That does not last long when someone hits it.



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something about this size. and i am considering the fake rocks. but they look kinda fake.

http://www.aizi-home.com/wp-content/...ing-Rocks5.jpg
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Those fake rocks didn't look bad..

The link Nap gave said those rocks cost $13.00 per pound, that's more then steel.
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Around here, I've been told you're gonna pay more for the transportation and placing of the rock than you are for the rock itself.
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Those fake rocks didn't look bad..

The link Nap gave said those rocks cost $13.00 per pound, that's more then steel.
I think you missed the decimal. $.13 per pound.
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:58 PM   #15
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i found a fake boulder on CL for $45. it looks pretty nice, for being fake. its right by my bro's house. he is going to go get it for me.
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