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How can I get rid of red lava rocks?

15 years ago

My husband and I are renting a home in which the landlords let us make small changes to the home and the landscape, as long as they are tasteful. There are red lava rocks, about 1" in diameter, that fill an area under some trees and bushes. We have a small son, and it is really painful on his and our feet in the summer to walk on them...and they aren't very pretty. I would like to remover them, and replace them with an alternative mulch and some hardy ferns. What is a good way to remove the rocks (they are sharp enough to cut, and don't take well to shovels), and how can I re-use them in an environmentally-responsible way? Are there places that will pick them up, or can they be made into a mulch?

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