A large rock in the middle of your lawn can be a big headache. Not only is it a potential safety hazard, but it can cause major damage to lawnmowers and trimmers.
In my case, I had a few rocks on my property that stuck up just above the lawn and were always causing issues. Issues with having to mow around them and another rock in the middle of a pathway that was a major tripping hazard.
Finally I said, “Enough is enough, these rocks have to go!”
So, If you are in a similar situation and are looking to rid your lawn of a few troublesome large rocks, you came to the right place!
Best Ways To Remove a Large Rock
When it comes to removing these pesky stones, there are really only a few options…well “reasonable” options.
The three best options I could come up with were as follows:
- Dig out the stone
- Cover the stone
- Break the stone into small pieces
Digging out the stone is probably the best option as it removes the whole stone and then you can fill the hole with dirt. Just like that, problem solved.
Unfortunately this is easier said than done.
If the stone is really large and you don’t have access to large machinery, digging out the stone and then moving it may be downright impossible.
Cover the stone
If the stone is only barley sticking out above the surface you may be able to bring in some fill dirt and bury the stone.
Another option would be to place some type of cover or ordainment over the stone to act as a marker. Examples would be a Windmill, Plant or Lawn Gnome.
While this is an option, it really is only masking the problem.
If you lawn is already flat it will be hard to bury rocks by adding more dirt on-top. If you have many rocks to remove, placing a marker over every single rock will eventually end up cluttering up your lawn.
Break the Stone into small Peices
This is the option that worked best for me and was something I could do fairly easily without having to rent large equipment or hire someone.
The downside to this method is that it will require a special kind of tool.
However, at under $100 I would have to say it was money-well-spent as I have since removed over a dozen “problem stones’ from all over my property.
Breaking Rocks with an SDS Rotary Hammer
The tool I used to break up the rocks in my yard was this Bauer SDS Rotary Hammer. It does come with a pretty decent plastic case but you have to purchase the SDS bits separately.
After tax and all we are still under $100 for the whole set!
Not only that, this tool can be used for a variety of other uses like drilling holes in masonry, breaking up concrete or removing tile.
So, how did it work? Lets take a look.
SDS Rotary Hammer Busting Rocks
This thing worked great!
The best way to describe how this tool operates is like a mini jackhammer. Simply install the bit of your choice, set the tool to the hammer mode and get to work.
Here is a short video:
As you can see from the video, the bit “hammers” into the rock splitting it into small manageable pieces. Little by little, the large rock will eventually be reduced to rubble.
Helpful Tips & Resources:
- Some rocks will break easier than others, try different bits and hit the rock at different angles…eventually it will crack
- The tool will require electric power. For remote locations a small portable generator works great.
- Bauer SDS Variable Speed Pro Rotary Hammer kit User Manual: Item 63288, Item 64287
Removing Large Rocks from your Lawn (final thoughts)
Overall I think this is one of the easiest ways to remove a large rock from your lawn or pathway.
Granted it will require a little bit of an upfront investment but it is much easier than digging and can be used for a variety of other projects. Worst case, you could also use it to remove the troublesome rocks and then sell the tool to recoup some of the cost.
Hopefully you found this information helpful, if you have any questions regarding this process just leave them below in the comments.