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Our home is in an area where there are quite a few stones like these.  Check out the other posts to see what I mean.  I do my best to use what I have, and there was a need out front.   The slope in our front yard that leads down to the backyard and water spigot is fairly steep.   This meant that most times going down it meant picking up speed, which is fine sometimes.
You're going to have to do your best to picture this with actual grass around it.  I was too busy building a wall in back to keep up with the grass.



You'll see that there isn't much special here.  I have a lot of clay in the ground and am relying on that for structure.  Most of these stones are so heavy anyway that the just don't move much.



Shovel goes in, dirt comes out.  I had picked out this L shaped rock some time ago.  To me it looked like it wants to taper into a turn.  I would guess the lightest stone used here is 60 pounds?



Top down.  This picture has trouble showing the depth.  The hill there takes you down about three feet.



This one was heavy.  Really really heavy.  When we moved in this guy sat about eight feet off the ground in the backyard.  There was no getting it into a wheelbarrow either.  I rolled it.
For a while you could trace it's history, all you had to do was follow the small crevice I put in the ground by rolling a 400+ pound stone across it.



This did take longer than I expected, but it was no matter.  I was ready to be outside, this took place in the early spring.



Almost done.



Check out the craters in some of these stones.  The once held a nodule, maybe even a geode.  Only a few of those have been found, and they are all very small.
When it rains or during grass watering times, these fill with water.  It is among my favorite to feel the cool stones on my feet, alongside the small puddles of cool clear water.



The difference a year makes on plants.  I took more pictures for this blog, and didn't realize I had some on my phone.

Conclusion:
I would want this done even if I had to purchase the stones.  I'm really glad I didn't though, that would be a lot of money.  They sell that by the pound...
This project cost us only time.  And it really wasn't that much, two days?  I'd do it again in a heartbeat.  It has been well worth it.

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