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#3159074 - 02/10/13 07:35 PM Clearing rock
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I have some open areas on my land that I want to put some clover in. the problem is there is a lot of rocks. Not big ones, but lots of little ones. I sent off my soil sample, but I need to clear those dang rocks. I do not have a tractor, dozer, or ATV nor do i have the funds to get any of those machines.

I do have a truck though and i was told if i could aquire a box spring and gut it to the springs i could pull that and it would clear it. I can't box spring though (for free)

If i put some fence the kind that is squares down, weigh it down, and drag it behind my truck will it clear the top layer of rock and what not?
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#3159080 - 02/10/13 07:40 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: Bone Collector]
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IMO,if you have so little rock that pulling an old set of box springs would clear it,I wouldnt worry about it.Cant imagine it doing much.
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#3159087 - 02/10/13 07:46 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: Football Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
IMO,if you have so little rock that pulling an old set of box springs would clear it,I wouldnt worry about it.Cant imagine it doing much.


no there is a ton of rocks, just small sized, not boulders
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#3159100 - 02/10/13 07:52 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: Bone Collector]
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I pull a rock rake behind a small tractor and it works good. My place is in Rockvale so you imagine how many rocks. I can get clover to grow pretty good. Ive got 2 small areas with wheat growing that still have a lot of rock showing. I pile them up to direct water off the field.
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#3159106 - 02/10/13 07:56 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: jar]
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 Originally Posted By: jar
I pull a rock rake behind a small tractor and it works good. My place is in Rockvale so you imagine how many rocks. I can get clover to grow pretty good. Ive got 2 small areas with wheat growing that still have a lot of rock showing. I pile them up to direct water off the field.


yeah i don't have a tractor though? can you get a rock rake and pull it behind a truck? I wouldn't think so, but worth a try.

did you have to put Lime down?
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#3159497 - 02/11/13 08:40 AM Re: Clearing rock [Re: Bone Collector]
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As long as there is soil between those small rocks, I wouldn't spend the effort trying to get rid of them. Besides, frost-heaving will just bring more to the surface. I've seen clovers grow in a near gravel environment.
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#3159840 - 02/11/13 01:44 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
As long as there is soil between those small rocks, I wouldn't spend the effort trying to get rid of them. Besides, frost-heaving will just bring more to the surface. I've seen clovers grow in a near gravel environment.


that is what it looks like a gravel parking lot.
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#3159853 - 02/11/13 01:55 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: Bone Collector]
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As long as there is soil between those small rocks, I wouldn't spend the effort trying to get rid of them. Besides, frost-heaving will just bring more to the surface. I've seen clovers grow in a near gravel environment.


that is what it looks like a gravel parking lot.


We've got plenty of ridge-top plots that look like that. We aren't going to be growing soybeans or corn in those plots, but cool-season annuals will do fine. And if those plots stay shaded much of the afternoon, you can grow perennial clovers in them in summer.
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#3159906 - 02/11/13 02:57 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: BSK]
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As long as there is soil between those small rocks, I wouldn't spend the effort trying to get rid of them. Besides, frost-heaving will just bring more to the surface. I've seen clovers grow in a near gravel environment.


that is what it looks like a gravel parking lot.


We've got plenty of ridge-top plots that look like that. We aren't going to be growing soybeans or corn in those plots, but cool-season annuals will do fine. And if those plots stay shaded much of the afternoon, you can grow perennial clovers in them in summer.


do you have to put Lime down, or do you just throw the seed? this is high clay content dirt. i doubt it will be shaded in the summer, but i want to plant something if the clover does not last.
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#3160001 - 02/11/13 05:01 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: Bone Collector]
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Have the soil tested. Those type of plot soils are often highly acidic.

I've quit trying to grow summer crops in those cherty ridge-top plots. I just plant cool season annuals (in August or September) that will last as long into spring/summer as possible.
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