Can I vacuum small leaves and debris off or out of my rocks--without vacuuming up the rocks? I don't have a rock garden yet, but I'm considering using Ginger rock, 1.5", instead of standard mulch.

  • Depends on the air watts of the vacuum you use - my vacuum would suck stones that size up without even pausing...
    – Bamboo
    Jul 24 '19 at 9:59
  • Even if it doesn't suck up the "big" rocks, it will pick up a lot of rock dust which won't do the vacuum any good in the long term.
    – alephzero
    Jul 24 '19 at 10:28
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    If you use a Ship-Vac (assuming you're in the US), you may be okay for awhile. Could you fit some quarter-inch mesh over the vacuum's nozzle to prevent the rocks from going in?
    – Jurp
    Jul 24 '19 at 13:18
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    How about a low power leaf blower? Blow the leaves out and then vacuum or collect them with a rake or similar tool.
    – Steve-o169
    Jul 24 '19 at 18:13
  • Ground cloth, or some such is nice. Weeds can be quite insistent about coming up through your measly 4" deep pebble bed. Jul 24 '19 at 21:30

A leaf blower is probably your best bet. If the rocks are dry you should be able to blow any debris out from the cracks, while a high power enough to suck anything other than light dust out of cracks will pull your rocks with it. If you foresee the rocks getting muddy there's not a lot you can do but replace them with clean ones...

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