Where to Find Free Landscaping Stones

No matter what the project is, one factor always comes into play: the budget. Landscaping and gardening are no exception. Fortunately, there are ways to keep these projects frugal, and sometimes FREE.

Pray for Wisdom

First, and foremost, always pray for wisdom in the planning process, and for the resources needed. It’s amazing what God will do when we place our desires into His hands.

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Click here to read the next couple verses that elaborate on asking for wisdom.

Matthew 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Click here to read the entire chapter.

If you would like to know how to be saved, and become a child of God, check out one of these two posts: Spring and My Rebirth or Autumn and Our Mortality.

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Find Free Landscaping Stones

Don’t assume every part of a project will require a purchase transaction.

In the Ground

A couple years ago, my sister found out that a nearby construction site was wrapping up its work, and there were a bunch of rocks that had been dug up from an earlier stage of the construction. The rocks had been set aside, and one of the construction managers(?) told her she could take what she wanted, with some exceptions. The below photo is one of the rocks from that site.

Building Demolitions

Last year, I shared a step-by-step process on how to acquire bricks (for a garden pathway, patio, or any number of projects) for FREE. One reader commented how she also had come across free bricks.

Along the Roadside

In the below photos, you can see a bunch of beautiful boulders and large rocks lying alongside the road. There are a lot of rock “walls” along the highway in southern Indiana. Over time, chunks of these rocks simply break off and fall to the ground.

You can’t tell from these photos, but all of these boulders are within 20 feet of a road. You can easily spot them, pull over on the shoulder, and place them into a pick-up truck – or take photos of them. :) The large boulders would obviously require some equipment, pulleys, etc. for lifting and getting into the truck. You can also find small, more manageable rocks, too.

I know someone who asked a Department of Natural Resources employee about taking some fallen stones. He was told, as long as the stones had naturally broken off, they were free for the taking. (This might be different state by state, or even by county.) Meaning, you couldn’t bring your tools and start chipping away at the outcroppings, causing them to fall.

The individual made a stone path (see below photos) from their front door to the driveway, with the free stones he picked up off the roadside. How cool is that?!

photo credit: M. Pollard

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What creative ways have you found to acquire free stones for a garden or yard project?

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13 comments to Where to Find Free Landscaping Stones

  • Thanks for these great ideas!

  • Don’t overlook broken up concrete. I made a very nice walkway with some at the place I used to live.
    I see people offering bricks, landscape rocks and patio blocks on freecycle, usually in the fall or early spring. A great place to pick up free bricks is a new housing development. I would find broken ones in the trash pile by the road and they were free for the taking. Broken ones work great if you are doing a curving or free form path.

    • Holly

      I hadn’t thought of broken up concrete. That’s a great re-use. As far as free bricks in new housing developments, my sister got free bricks the same way. Great ideas!

  • Holly,
    I am here to link-up, but have not done so yet. I was stopped by your neat post on rocks! We, too, love rocks and have been collecting for years. Oh, I wish you would link-up some of your very helpful posts on ‘EOA’ Wednesday. It is great to find another gardener who loves the Lord. We, too live in IN!

    • Holly


      I know, rocks are so cool! They’re as different as fingerprints too.

      I stop by your Facebook page somewhat often, but I will have to subscribe to your blog posts via email. (I’ll go do that now.) I would LOVE to link up to your EOA Wednesday. I’ll have to go check it out. My apologies … Like I said, I’m good with checking your FB page, but need to get connected to your website.

      I didn’t know you live in Indiana. Maybe we’ve passed each other on the road or in the grocery. :)

      I’ve got my next two posts already done and scheduled, and I try not to make revisions once I’ve got it in the “scheduled” mode. (I’m a “type A” when it comes to particular details. Once I paste my stuff into a “clean” new post, and schedule it, I try not to make any revisions. I don’t like to see a bunch of revision dates in my WordPress. LOL … Crazy, I know!) BUT … I’ll be working on my October 22nd post this weekend, so I’ll be sure to link up that one!! Thanks for letting me know about your weekly link-up!! I love linking up to garden/nature/recipe-minded blogs that also share my love for God!!!

  • DonaRosita

    I am in a quest for collecting stones, bricks, concrete, so I can make a KEYHOLE GARDEN I saw in “youtube” and I was very impressed by it, I hope all of you check it out and do it too, we need to grow our own food, just go and see it, I hope you will fall in love with it too! God Bless all who grow food in their land. Rosita

  • dave trespacz

    Free Large Rocks All in One Neat Pile:

    I recently had a building project completed in my back yard. To do so, I had to have numerous rocks(at least 150) moved from the building site. Many of these rocks are probably 100+ years old as evidenced by a very old stone wall that was near my building.

    These rocks are of all shapes and sizes. I had the builder put them all in one neat pile in my back yard.

    I am offering these rocks for free if you can have them picked up. This is a great find for landscapers, either do-it-yourselfers or professionals.

    Since I am quite sure that all these rocks, in one neat pile, will not last long, please e-mail as soon as possible if you are interested. My house is in Vernon CT, conveniently located 1/4 mile off of CT I-84.

    Thank you!

    • Holly

      I apologize for my delay in responding to your comment. I’ve been away from the blog, and I’m catching up on comments now.

      I imagine you’ve probably found a new home for these rocks by now. But, maybe (?) the treasure trove of rocks is still available. Thanks so much for sharing this offer with Your Gardening Friend readers!!

  • Informative. I’ve wonder how did you managed to transport big stones like these. All though you were able to get it for free you still spend for transport of those stone back to your place. But you gave a good suggestion. Thanks for it.

    • Holly

      Which stones are you referring to?

      Stepping stones like those shown in this post can be loaded into a pickup truck or a car trunk. If transported in a car trunk, it might take a few trips depending on the number of stones/weight.

      The larger boulders might require some machinery. You could look in Craigslist to see if someone local would transport it for you at a good price. In that case, it would require some cost, but it could still be considerably less than purchasing at a stone/boulder/landscaping company. (If purchased at one of those stores, you’ll have to pay for the boulder AND the mileage charge to get it to your place. I paid $212, $4.00/mile, just to have a boulder delivered to our house. Here’s that post: http://yourgardeningfriend.com/2013/01/28/bubbling-boulder-the-price-tag/.)

      Thanks so much for stopping by and engaging with your comment.

  • Kristie

    Does anyone know where I can get free rocks in valdosta,ga

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