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Old 08-29-2018, 08:23 PM   #1
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Rocky Soil - Grass or other options


Hello all,
I'm located in the Pacific Northwest on 1 acre of relatively level land. I've got access to a tractor & have graded the land myself with an excavator.



My property is very rocky. Weeds & ferns will grow just fine, along with some grass. Plenty of sun & it's southern facing.


My question is this-will a lawn with rocks ever look like a "normal lawn"? Topsoil will be washed away over the years with as much rain as we get up here I'd imagine.



I'm open to other options, and have considered putting in a few inches of wood chips & slowly filling in with shrubs.


Any feedback would be appreciated.
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After 25 years of rebuilding and designing the lawns and landscaping for four of our passed homes, I learned something the hard way. Do NOT fight nature. Try to stick with your plantings, grasses, shrubs, bushes, trees etc...specific and native to your location.

https://green2.kingcounty.gov/gonative/index.aspx
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Are these loose stones, or massive boulders, and bedrock?

If loose stone, a Harley rake and stone boat to catch the stones will help a lot.

It drags behind your tractor, and has tines on the rake drum to flip the loose stones into the boat, to haul to an area to pile them.

Then you can build a stone wall with them.

And then your local fescues, and shrubbery are recommended as ground cover.


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Do you have an irrigation system in place, now? Lawns are a hassle, unless you have kids who need a place to play. Probably local shrubs and a drip system ?
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Topsoil will be washed away over the years with as much rain as we get up here I'd imagine.
Nope,..... Not really,.... Grass builds topsoil,..... add clover for tenacity, 'n it adds nitrogen,.....

Grass disperses water,.... properly designed grades are the key,.....
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