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Hard ground = no tombstones!

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Hey guys,

I have a dilemma. My yard's dirt is hard, like rock hard, and I can't seem to sink those plastic tombstone sticks that come with the styrofoam tombstones. I have tried metal, but that doesn't work, because I can get it into the ground, but it rips through the styrofoam and isn't sturdy enough.

I have also tried gluing stuff to the back, but the ground is still too hard to hammer something in while it is glued to the tombstone.

Also, I live in California and Oct. is the rainy/windy month.

Any suggestions on how I can keep my graveyard afloat would be much appreciated.

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I also deal with awful CA adobe soil. I've used water to moisten the ground and then driven in the spikes that I need, and then when it hardens back up, it's stuck in place darn tightly.

Since the tiny-particle soil can be slow to absorb water, I set my hose on a *very* slow drip, drag it to where I want it and allow it to penetrate the ground for a couple of hours. Might helpt to break up the surface a little by scraping it up somewhat, to help the water penetrate. Tends to not puddle outward much but instead penetrate straight down if you do it like that, doesn't use much water (always an issue in our state), and will usually stay moist enough for a coupla days for you to drive a stake down. (You may not need a coupla hours for it, but I usually do this for fertizilizer spikes and they're quite broad and I need the soil to really give.)

Nice graveyard Otaku--it's a classic cemetery look and I like the effect of the leaves. (You must live in one of those KB neighborhoods off of Cedar? My sister has a home there too. I'll have to keep my eyes open for your haunt :) )
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