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    Landscaping Boulders

    I am building a boulder retaining wall in our backyard and am looking for the best place in Des Moines area to buy 2'-3' landscaping boulders.

    We live in West Des Moines and the Hallett Materials quarry by Booneville has some for around $100/ton and Lounsbury Landscaping has them for $90/ton, but I didn't know if there are any other companies around Des Moines I should check with?

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank you!



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by SwirlingFloater View Post
    I am building a boulder retaining wall in our backyard and am looking for the best place in Des Moines area to buy 2'-3' landscaping boulders.

    We live in West Des Moines and the Hallett Materials quarry by Booneville has some for around $100/ton and Lounsbury Landscaping has them for $90/ton, but I didn't know if there are any other companies around Des Moines I should check with?

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank you!
    You can come out to our farm and pick out all the boulders you can handle..



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneGB View Post
    You can come out to our farm and pick out all the boulders you can handle..

    This. Contact any farmer. Usually they have a corner on every field full of rocks.


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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by Cymon View Post
    This. Contact any farmer. Usually they have a corner on every field full of rocks.
    Yup. And usually always willing to let them go for free (or at least much cheaper than $100/ton). Only drawback would be you'd probably need to load and haul them yourself.



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    He's looking for 2-3' diameter boulders. I doubt that many of those turn up in farmer's rock piles.



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by agrabes View Post
    He's looking for 2-3' diameter boulders. I doubt that many of those turn up in farmer's rock piles.
    I don't know about around the Des Moines area but I know we have plenty that size.



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by agrabes View Post
    He's looking for 2-3' diameter boulders. I doubt that many of those turn up in farmer's rock piles.
    I have some that size but not alot, but i know my inlaws in southern Minnesota have piles of rocks that size in every field.



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneGB View Post
    I don't know about around the Des Moines area but I know we have plenty that size.
    More plentiful the further north you go.



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneGB View Post
    I don't know about around the Des Moines area but I know we have plenty that size.
    Not a ton of them but they are there, putting on anhydrous this spring I had one come up that took three people to load it. I'm 6'7" and couldn't get my arms around it let alone pick it up.



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    Not a ton of them but they are there, putting on anhydrous this spring I had one come up that took three people to load it. I'm 6'7" and couldn't get my arms around it let alone pick it up.
    Do they pick rock a lot around Des Moines? I know some areas don't have to pick rock and sometimes question if you're sane when you tell them it's a real thing.

    If they don't pick rock as much around Des Moines the OP might have a little harder time finding what he's looking for going the farm route.



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    At 2-3 ft diameters and $100/ton, you're not going to be getting a whole lot of boulders for your money. That's the tightwad in me talking.


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by Acylum View Post
    At 2-3 ft diameters and $100/ton, you're not going to be getting a whole lot of boulders for your money. That's the tightwad in me talking.
    That's kind of what I was thinking. Maybe I need to be loading up and making runs to Des Moines to push boulders.



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneGB View Post
    Do they pick rock a lot around Des Moines? I know some areas don't have to pick rock and sometimes question if you're sane when you tell them it's a real thing.

    If they don't pick rock as much around Des Moines the OP might have a little harder time finding what he's looking for going the farm route.
    Depends on the area but nowhere near northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    I have some that size but not alot, but i know my inlaws in southern Minnesota have piles of rocks that size in every field.
    Interesting. I grew up on a farm in SE Iowa and rocks larger than 6" in diameter were very rare. I could probably count on one hand the number of rocks that were 2-3' that came out of our fields.



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    Re: Landscaping Boulders

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneGB View Post
    That's kind of what I was thinking. Maybe I need to be loading up and making runs to Des Moines to push boulders.
    I am already talking to my father in law about doing that. We have a dump trailer that I could load and stock pile them with here. He is just east of Austin, MN and they have some really unique and interesting rocks as well as just your plain old landscaping ones. But every corner of their fields has a pile the size of a truck in it.



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