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What to do with tons and tons of stone

 
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I ended up having about a dozen large dump truck loads of stone deposited on my property recently.  The stones are about softball to basketball size and round.  They don't stack super well, but we were able to make a decent looking wall using a good amount of mortar.  What else can I do with an endless supply of stone?
 
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Rubble masonry construction!
 
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I usually have in mind a use for something given to me.
Can I ask was that on your plan?

Castles in Europe were built with rubble walls as suggested, you may be able to build a house, a grand hall or a barn with them.
 
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Stones
Put them on contour to slow water and trap organic matter.
Build Gabion/Bricks all you need is some wire mesh and you can now fill it up.
Habitat for snakes/etc
With Gabion walls you can build greenhouse/workshop and animal shelters in paddocks, even paddock walls
 
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tons of stone base make a cubic meter. tons of stone base make a cubic meter.
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S Bengi wrote:Stones
Put them on contour to slow water and trap organic matter.
Build Gabion/Bricks all you need is some wire mesh and you can now fill it up.
Habitat for snakes/etc
With Gabion walls you can build greenhouse/workshop and animal shelters in paddocks, even paddock walls



I've never understood the whole gabion thing. Seems temporary. Wire mesh will eventually corrode and then it collapses.
 
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Yeah they use them extensively by the bridges and highway near me. I hope it doesn't fail and roll down the road on me or make the road/bridge roll down the hill, if it is keeping up the hill.  
 
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Sounds like tons of airwell material to me. Just stack them on the perimeter with the prevailing winds, preferably up high. You can do so as an old-style stacked stone wall (really just a long pile of rocks), or in discrete stacks.

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They could be used to build a neat keyhole/hugelkultur garden something like in this thread Interesting keyhole/hugelkultur design

and also I would think they could be used as a retaining wall for terrace planting to keep the terraces intact and beautiful at the same time.
 
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How hilly is your property? That strongly affects the most appropriate options.

The character of the stone is also important, as in how well it stacks, if it is flat or round, etc.
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