Hauling rocks from one part of your yard to another might make you feel like Superwoman -- but always take care to do it safely. Trying to lift rocks that are too heavy or doing it the wrong way could result in long-term injuries to your back. That could derail your effort to impress the neighbors with your landscaping prowess.
1 Wear a sturdy pair of shoes that cover your toes, have a solid sole and laces or other attachments that keep the shoes on your feet.
2 Test the weight of one of the smallest stones in a large pile to give you an idea of the general density and weight of that type of rock. Then, choose a slightly heavier rock that looks manageable to lift. Don't choose the largest rock right off the bat.
3 Stand near the rock and bend at the knees, keep your back straight, and tuck in your chin. Move one foot slightly in front of the other to give you more stability. You can also rest one knee on the ground, keeping the other foot resting solidly on the ground. Try to find an even part of ground to stand on.
4 Grab the sides of the rock with your palms first, and then wrap your fingers securely around it.
5 Push up with your legs, working to avoid bending at the waist, which will cause you to lift with your back. If you can't straighten your legs, the load is probably too heavy to lift. If you're in a knee-down position, stand up slowly, maintaining a natural curve in your back.
6 Take small steps, keeping your arms close to your body and keeping your core muscles tight.
7 Bend at the knees, squatting instead of kneeling, to lower the rock to the desired spot.