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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 use the plywood base method. I glue a piece of 1X2 to the back of the tombstone, attach a large L bracket, and then connect that to the plywood base. Here in AZ everybody has gravel, so I just bury the base under a bunch of gravel. Also, you can use a brick on the base to help hold it down. You can paint the brick to match your tombstone, and you don't even notice it. This has always worked for me, even with our strong desert winds.
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