How to Get Rocks Out of Your Yard

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Things You'll Need

  • Wheelbarrow

  • Garbage can

  • Soil sifter

  • Shovel

  • Garden spade


Don't add too many rocks to your garbage can at one time. Add a few pounds each week until all of your rocks have been hauled away.


Wear steel-toed shoes and gloves for protection.

You don't have to live with rock-laden soil.

A yard overburdened with rock makes it difficult for vegetation to grow. If you have a problem with rocks in your yard, you don't have to spend a fortune to get rid of them. Get rocks out of your yard using everyday landscaping tools and a soil sifter. A soil sifter allows the wanted soil to filter through a wire mesh screen while keeping the unwanted rocks above the screen. Rock removal takes a lot of time and patience, but the reward of having a rock free yard is worth the extra effort.


Step 1

Pick up all of the large manageable rocks with your hands and haul them to your front driveway in a wheelbarrow. Ask your neighbors if any of them would like a few landscaping rocks. Toss the rocks that nobody wants into a garbage can.

Step 2

Ask someone to help you pick up and remove the heavier rocks. Haul them to the front yard and give them away or toss them into the garbage.

Step 3

Set a soil sifter on top of a wheelbarrow. Scoop up rocky soil using a shovel, and dump it onto the sifter. Slide the sifter back and forth on the sides of the wheelbarrow to allow the soil to filter through. Move the soil around on the sifter screen with a garden spade to help separate the dirt from the rocks. Give the rocks away or throw them in the garbage can.

Step 4

Dump the rock-free soil back into the holes from which the larger rocks were removed.



Cody Sorensen

Cody Sorensen has been writing professionally since 2009. His online articles focus on his experience with painting, horticulture, construction, plumbing, home improvement and agriculture. Sorensen is a licensed truck driver, certified forklift operator and a journeyman painter. He studied organizational communications at Brigham Young University.