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Removal of Lava Rock Mulch

By Jeyra
March 10, 2015

The home we purchased six years ago came with extensive landscaping, complete with lava rock mulch. We wanted to replace the lava rock mulch with something more biodegradable that would break down and add nutrients to the soil as it decomposed over time. However, the thought of digging out all the lava rocks that had become deeply embedded into the soil over the years seemed a formidable task.

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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Mar 9, 2015 6:40 PM CST
Now, get some wood to make a frame for your sifter. You can staple the mesh to the frame with a staple gun and it will last for years. With a frame, it can be put over the bed and propped up at one end.

I've had a sifter like that 3ft. by 4ft. for many years, and have used it so much I had to replace the mesh.

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Name: Mary Stella
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Mar 9, 2015 7:03 PM CST
Me too. I am not much of a carpenter but it survived until I finally wore the wire out. You did a great job. Having gone through the same process with both bark and 2" gravel I can attest it is a hard job.
Name: Holly
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Mar 10, 2015 6:18 AM CST
Great job, you will be surprised how often you use your sifter in the future. I use mine to sift material from my compost pile before adding it to the gardens.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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Mar 10, 2015 8:32 AM CST
What a great difference.
Name: Jeyra
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Mar 10, 2015 11:40 AM CST
That's a great idea! Thanks so much! Thumbs up
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Name: Sandy B.
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Mar 10, 2015 3:54 PM CST
This is a good tip, Jeyra -- and more good tips in the comments! Your article illustrates perfectly why I hate using rocks in any garden beds (been there, done that... Sticking tongue out )
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