Rock Removal in Cottage Grove

His Workmanship offers landscape rock removal services. Our rates start at $120 per hour for 2 landscapers. It’s an extra fee per trailer load for haul away and rock disposal. Each trailer load can hold 2 cubic yards of rock. New customers can read Ephesians 2:1-10 to receive a $20 discount. Details are on the final step of the contact form.

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Did you recently decide you want to replace all the rock around your house with mulch instead? Landscape rock removal can be back-breaking work? Fear not! Sit back and relax while we shovel rock for you. Watch the video below to learn about our rock hauling process and to get an idea of the average cost for rock disposal.

His Workmanship is a landscaping company in Cottage Grove

We’ve got your landscaping project taken care of anywhere in Cottage Grove. Check out the map below to view our service area in Cottage Grove. We dump the yard waste at Gertens which is right on Yankee Doodle road.

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Select the services that best align with your needs and describe the details of your project to help us get a better idea of the scope of work. Feel free to upload pictures so your crew can visualize your specific needs.

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Our staff guarantees a reply to all emails within 24 hours. Once you get scheduled, you'll get a confirmation email with your service provider names as well as a text notification 1 hour before your project starts.

3. Relax while we speedily complete your project

Equipment in hand, your crew will arrive a few minutes early so they can collaborate with you about the work that needs to be done. Once they finish, you can pay the total bill directly to the crew leader. It's as simple as that!

Hear what a customer says

“I heard about His Workmanship through a google search online and I’m so thankful that I did. Eric was quick to respond to my emails and got me on the schedule right away. I had a huge landscape project that ended up taking well over 100 hours of labor. Each of the crews showed up on time and worked very hard shoveling river rock. I would highly recommend His Workmanship.” – Candy
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I was referred to His Workmanship and I'm so pleased with the work. I had weeding done (very overdue) and the areas look great! Jack and Hunter managed to get every weed from my driveway too. I fully recommend His Workmanship and I appreciate their responsiveness and I feel the cost is very reasonable.
Showed up on time- worked hard and very conscientious! Will use them again! Worth every dollar
His Workmanship sent 2 outstanding workers to do a difficult weeding job in a landscaped area, bordering a natural area. The two workers started immediately, and didn’t stop until the project was completed. The workers even suggested, and completed some additional tasks.The entire process was an excellent experience.When you want an excellent job, call His Workmanship.
Very professional and conscientious team! I look forward to working with His Workmanship on future projects.
These guys are awesome! On time, got down to business right away, loaded the truck carefully and with thought. Highly recommend.
Fast, efficient, friendly, thorough and very reasonably priced. Will use them again. - Nick
The guys showed up early, worked hard without a break, and did a wonderful job. Our yard looks amazing now and they saved us hours of backbreaking work. Best money I've spent in a while.
This was my first time hiring His Workmanship. I will definitely use them again. Grant and Bryant were on time and called ahead to check due to bad weather. Their work was outstanding! Thank you so much.
Great service, Great job! Will hire again
I was very pleased with the workmanship and integrity of this group! Mason and Gavin were committed to doing a good job of clearing a heavily weeded area with decorative rock and lots of dirt beneath to put down a new fabric barrier. They then replaced the decorative rocks. They did a great job and I am happy with the outcome! I would not hesitate to recommend this group to others needing hard tasks accomplished.
showed up on timedid the best they couldcleaned up after themselvesvery respectfulvery good for projects that could use a few extra hands
Wonderful company! Great crew! Will definitely use again.
We're very professional and friendly Did a great job . Left yard looking great. Would hire again and again Thank You
His Workmanship was excellent to work with. The two guys that were sent to help with our move were prompt and very courteous. They worked hard the whole time. I would definitely recommend this company when you need someone to help load a truck!
Scott and his team did a really good job getting me moved into my new home. They showed up for work on time and were very courteous and professional, I look forward to the next time I use their services again.Thanks Team!!!!
Great experience with His Workmanship. They responded to my request promptly, got me scheduled quickly, and then sent a great crew that worked diligently to finish a yard project that we needed help with. Would certainly recommend, and also consider using again.
The crew arrived earlier than I had planned but got started working anyway and were already working on the areas that I needed done. The two men were very pleasant and friendly. They did everything I asked and put my.tools and wheelbarrows back where they belonged. Will definitely use them again!
I would highly recommend this team! I sent in an email request and heard back from them in less than 24 hours for a quote. Very pleased with their landscaping work and communication.
The boys who came to weed for me were so pleasant and got right to work. They even continued working as it started to rain. I had plenty of tools, but Logan came prepared with plenty of his own tools along with a wheelbarrow! I would like to have them back as I had a long list of items needing attention, but the 3 hours were up and more rain was predicted. I will be calling on them again.
great job.wonderful young people
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Ready to inquire about rock removal in the Twin Cities?

If you need the rock hauled away, then it’ll cost more. If you are fine having the rock piled up on site or relocating it to another area, then it’ll cost less. A small amount of rock (less than 2 cubic yards) will cost around $580 to remove or $380 to relocate. A medium amount of rock (4 cubic yards) will cost around $900 to remove or $500 to relocate. A large amount of rock (6 cubic yards) will cost around $1,340 to remove or $620 to relocate. Note- 1 cubic yard is about 12 full wheelbarrows of rock.
Rocks make it much harder to plant in your gardens. Flowers have a hard time surviving with all the heat that radiates off the rock. River rocks can damage lawn mower blades if they spill over onto the grass. If the rock hasn’t been professionally designed, then it can be a major eye sore. It’s far too easy for weeds to grow up in-between the rocks. For further commentary on the downside of rocks around your house, check out this blog that gives 3 Reasons to Remove Rock and Install Mulch.
The best way to separate dirt from the landscaping rocks around your house is by sifting them. You’ll need to build a wooden frame and then put metal fencing with 1/2 inch spacing on top of the frame. Then shovel the dirty rocks onto the fencing and use a garden hoe to move them around. The dirt should strain through the chicken wire fencing and the cleaned rocks will stay on the top. Cleaning dirty rocks by sifting them is the best way to save money and help the planet. You save money because you don’t need to pay to have the dirty rocks hauled away. You help the planet because repurposing the rock means you don’t need to dispose them at the landfill. To learn more, read our recent blog titled How to Sift Out Dirt from Landscape Rocks.
Yes, it’s possible but very messy so it’s not a recommended method. You cannot simply keep the rocks in the landscape bed and spray them with a hose. That would be easy but ineffective. Why? Because the dirt won’t actually get removed from the rocks. Instead, you’ll need to shovel the rock onto a metal sieve and then spray them. This will clean off the rocks and allow you to reuse them. Bear in mind, this means you’ll need to shovel the rocks twice, so it’s double the work for an outcome that is not visually satisfying. These are just few reasons from my personal experience why I do not recommend using a hose to wash off dirty river rock around your home.
There actually is such a thing as a rock vacuum. It’s like a shop-vac on steroids because it’s much more powerful and heavy duty. A rock vacuum is a very big and expensive machine that you’d need to rent. The rock vac doesn’t dispose of the rocks for you though. All it does is suction up the rocks and pour them out onto your wheelbarrow. The machine doesn’t suck up the rocks that fast either. To top it off, the vacuum hose is quite heavy to carry so there’s alot of labor involved in merely holding the suction hose. For all these reasons, I do not recommend renting a rock vac to remove your landscaping rocks.
While there may be a time and place to sift rocks, wash rocks or vacuum rocks, in my personal experience, I still think the best approach is to remove rock by using a good ole fashioned spade shovel and wheelbarrow. One tip to make this laborious task easier is to spread the work out over a long period of time. For example, work in 30 minute increments for 2-3 days over the course of a week. It might take about 1 month to accomplish your whole project, but at least you’ll save your back from a lot of pain! Trust me, I’ve removed rock from hundreds of residential homes over the course of a decade and if I’ve learned anything from my experience it’s that, “slow and steady wins the race.” Read our blog to learn more about How to Dispose of Rocks and Gravel and The Ultimate Guide to River Rock Removal: Tips and Techniques.
Yes, you’re in luck if there is landscape barrier fabric underneath the rock. You can pull up the fabric so the rock gets piled up. Rock in piles is not as hard to shovel as a thin layer of rock. If you have another person helping, you can each grab onto both ends of the fabric and lift up the rocks so they can be dumped into a wheelbarrow. This saves you the work of having to shovel them. In summary, using weed barrier fabric to hoist rock piles onto a wheelbarrow is one of the most underappreciated hacks that I’ve discovered from my years of experience removing landscape rock. You would be wise to utilize this strategy for your rock removal project.
Before you decide to dispose of your landscape rock, you should look into options where the rock could be repurposed. Post on social media like Facebook marketplace or Nextdoor to see if anybody nearby would be willing to take them for free. Alternatively, try to think about ways you could reuse the rock on your own property. For example, rock can be reused as fill for a retaining wall or base for a paver patio. Or you could make a berm by piling up the rock and then adding a fresh 2-3 inch layer of dirt on top. For further reading about where to dispose leftover rocks or how to repurpose them, check out the blogs I wrote on Landscape Rock Removal and Repurposing Landscape Rocks, which ranks #1 on google for most related search queries.
Unfortunately, bagster dumpster bags do not accept rock. I’ve had many customers try this DIY approach to save money but only for bagster to refuse that material type. Then they end up calling His Workmanship to remove the rock from the bagster. Your local trash company won’t take rocks away in bins either. Again, this has been attempted many times before but is unsuccessful. Unless you can somehow conceal the rock underneath trash, the waste management company will refuse to take it. Dumping rock in a public woods or on private property is illegal so you definitelly don’t wanna do that. Some yard waste sites accept rock and others do not so be sure to call and ask first.
If you own a truck and trailer (or can borrow one) then just google “yard waste sites that accept rock near me” and you’ll probably find one. Some cities have a yard waste site at their local public works but don’t publicize them on the internet due to the increase of illegal dumping from out-of-town commercial contractors. So try calling your local city hall to ask if there is a free yard waste site for county residents. If not, then public landfills are usually willing to accept landscape rock too. If you don’t have a means for hauling away the rock, then you could rent a rolloff dumpster and manually load the rocks in there via wheelbarrow and shovel. The dumpster company will come pick up the rocks for you, which is a definite upside.
The secret sauce here is asking the best possible questions. Asking generic questions won’t suffice. You need to ask precise questions about the most appropriate things. Here is a list of 6 topics to inquire about. 1. High/low price range to complete the job. 2. Additional fees like rock disposal and travel expenses. 3. Where they dump the rock and how big of a trailer they use. 4. How many years of experience they have. 5. References or where they have reviews online. 6. How soon they are available to complete the job. Click here to get a rock removal quote from His Workmanship.

His Workmanship is a Christian company

Our mission is to glorify God as we embody the gospel through our hard labor and our honest behavior. Our desire is to bring satisfaction to the customer as they seek to improve their property. We also desire to facilitate growth for students as they experience the business world from a Christian perspective.

Hear what a provider says

My name is Mike and this is my eighth summer since joining the His Workmanship network. I’ve been good friends with the owner ever since our college days. Our relationship has grown over the years and I felt very respected throughout the whole process. I can work when I want to work and I can take off however many days I need to rest. I would highly recommend for college students to get connected with the team at His Workmanship.

Fun facts about Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove’s annual Strawberry Fest draws thousands of residents together to celebrate. This event is held at Kingston Park usually in the second week of June. Cottage Grove has an 18-hole disc golf course in Oak Wood park and is also home to Ravine Regional Park. Learn more about Cottage Grove schools, utilities, and parks.
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