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Glass?
March 13, 2012
11:05 am
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mommaof3
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Starting the garden for the 2nd time. Last year was a major bust due to grubs and a hurricane and very dirty soil. So I am in the process of reseeding the yard,turn,seting up raised beds, and trying to clean the yard. Last year before putting in a garden I had automotive waste and cig butts everywhere. Thanks to the flooding from the rain my yard has decided to grow glass. Tiny and large shards half sticking up from the dirt. 

 

Does anyone have any sugguestions on how to locate and remove small pieces of glass throughout the yard. Other than my current method of step on it curse out the gods then bandage my foot before returning to the crime scene to get on hands and knees to pick up another handful of glass.

March 13, 2012
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Wear shoes, knee pads, and gloves and watch where you are working. They are making wonderful work gloves that fit women better and will allow good touch control but still protect. Try the farm supply stores and shops that cater to the saddle horse riding needs.

March 13, 2012
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Thats what I was fearing would be the solution. I spent all spring,summer and fall that way removing smokes and bottle caps.I was dreading going that route again.

March 13, 2012
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I have entertained the thoughts of sweeping up the cigaret butts and sending them by certified mail to the CEO of some tobacco company with the suggestion that they make them biodegradable.

March 13, 2012
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and the more "weather" you have, the more glass migrates to the surface. Best to pick up before it gets caught by the lawnmower!

grrrr

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March 13, 2012
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My parents had this problem when they moved in to their house back in the 80's, one thing that you could try is raking. It seemed to help pull everything that was on the surface up. Also you could try to do a tiller, picking up as you go. I am not sure if there is a bunch if it would just push it further down to where it would come up later.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

March 13, 2012
2:34 pm
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Ugh guess no short cuts here. Mamaleigh I have thought about tilling but we tilled the one section last year and it made it harder to remove automotive parts, bottle caps and butts. Did not see any glass last year there but this year there is a ton in that spot. Since I am reseeding I think I will try to rake what ever is large and on the surface before I start the back yard crawl.

My neighbors must think I am a wacko spako. We move into my hubby's childhood home then we get chickens, plant a garden in the front yard and back yard, then spends 2 days a week for spring,summer and fall crawling around the yard.

March 13, 2012
2:43 pm
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Just pick it when you see it and don't dig bare handed. You will make yourself crazy trying to get it all. I grew up in New England and the glacier left us billions of rocks of all sizes. People have been picking stone from the fields for 300 years and they aren't done yet.

March 13, 2012
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Could you just cover the area with cardboard, then put mulch, compost, peat, etc. on top and don't dig down below the cardboard? I would think covering it all up might be a good option. It works with weeds anyway!

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

March 13, 2012
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When I had windows replaced in my house, they broke the old windows to get them out and then to get them into smaller pieces in their trash cans. They cleaned up the shards with a shop vacuum. A  huge thing. Don't know if you can rent those things, and don't know if it would be practical for the entire yard, but it worked well for the limited areas  around my house.

March 14, 2012
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Be very careful. When we bought our home 35 yrs ago, we had an assortment of glass, hypodermic syringes and such scattered from the house yard back to the barns. There were children on dialysis, the siblings we found later on used the dextrose water bottles for target practice. It took a number of years before we would even consider being barefoot, and only in designated areas. 

I am sorry to say, it is a slow process. Just be careful. We have been here for all these years and there are still pieces that work themselves up in my garden areas.

As Ross mentioned, protect yourself when you are working out there. Be sure your little ones wear shoes. Best of luck to you.

" life is not about waiting for the storm to pass...it's about dancing in the rain"

March 15, 2012
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Well my in laws bought the house in 1955 and were the 2nd owners. The previous owners used the house as a rental home. In 1955 according to my FIL the place was trashed and it took them about 10 years to clean it up. Before my hubby and I moving back in last year my sister in law and her family lived her with my FIL. It was her and her family that were big time drinkers and left all the glass around the yard. So luckily I know no hypadermic needles, medical waste ect. My hubby works as an excavator for a plumbing company so after the advice and sugguestions on here he said next winter we are going to cover the yard in cardboard and then cover with topsoil and basically build a new yard on top of the yard we already have. All the topsoil will be free(left over from jobs) so I just have to build a pile in the driveway until we have enought. Until then the kids will have to start wearing shoes again and I will be getting some good gloves to protect my fingers.

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