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Ross & Sara’s Backyard Paradise

Indianapolis, IN –

Ross and Sarah had been gathering rocks from anywhere and everywhere for quite some time. We soon learned that this had become sort of a hobby for them.
Eventually, they realized that they wanted more (and larger) rocks than they were able to find, so they had a truckload of large river rocks delivered. We don’t know exactly where they got the rocks (we can find out if you would like), however, these were beautiful rocks; a nice addition to a home landscape.

After moving and placing many of these rocks on their own with a furniture dolly, they finally decided they couldn’t handle the larger ones. So, they contacted Tractor Time with Tim to help them place the remaining large rocks.



This was a perfect job for Tractor Time with Tim and our sub-compact John Deere tractor for several reasons.

  • Very little or no risk to your grass. Any sort of a Bobcat or skid-steer loader would seriously damage the existing turf.
  • Small nimble size allows the tractor to get into tight spaces. This allowed positioning the rocks exactly as desired.
  • The tractor could easily move the rocks, allowing the homeowner to focus on the desired solution rather than the transport mechanism.

Front Yard Rock Placement

 We picked up the larger rocks one at a time with our pallet forks.   Johnny (our Deere 1025R) delivered the rocks to their resting place and rotated them until they were positioned exactly as Ross and Sara desired.   Often rocks needed to be rotated, or turned over to create the exact look they had in mind.

They had identified specific rocks in the pile to be used in specific locations on their property.   Some of the rocks had a strong blue or red tint, others were multi-colored or nearly white.    We were fascinated with the passion that Ross and Sara have for rocks.

Creekbank Rock Placement

After finishing with placing the specifically identified and positioned rocks around the front of the house, we turned our attention to the creek in their back yard.

Sara wanted to transform this normal “ditch” into a picturesque scene which she could see from her home’s enormous great room windows.

For this portion of the task, the primary goal was “randomness”. They wanted the rock  placement to appear totally natural, avoiding symmetry, consistency, etc.

We scattered some (many) of the rocks in the creek bed itself, and we distributed others along the edge such that they appeared inconsistent and random.   We delivered the rocks “close” to where they wanted them located with the tractor and loader, then Ross & Sara would position them exactly as they envisioned.

Working Together

We thoroughly enjoy helping folks with their DIY projects.  Many times, you want to help with the job. Perhaps you have a specific vision in mind which is hard to communicate?
Perhaps you would have preferred to do the entire job yourself, but some of it would be much easier with some power equipment. Just let us know how we can help.

Here is the complete video of Ross & Sara’s Rock Moving project.

Tim Marks
Tim Marks
Compact Tractor Lover. Rural Lifestyle Enthusiast. Tractor Time with Tim on YouTube. Married to Christy for over 31 years. We love showing tractors, attachments, maintenance, storage ideas, and our daily activities around our 10 acre property. We also do some contract tractor work, and significant amount of charity projects.


  1. Hi Tim & family,
    Recently came across your channel and have been enjoying your videos. I have a JD 2320 and I love playing with it and doing projects. I have an acre of land that i farm with it. I have a 1 bottom plow, tiller, sprayer, cultivator, middle buster, plastic layer, and king kutter bush hog identical to yours. And of course the loader, mower deck, and a snow plow.
    I am wondering how you find your various jobs you do. I would love to get into doing odd projects like that for other people.
    Thanks and keep up the good work with Johnny and Casey!


  2. what do you use for ballast in the rear tires? Rimguard, winshield washer fluid ? Also did you modify the relief valve on the hyd. in order to pick up more weight ?

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