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Posted on Oct 30, 2018

Landscape rock placed at cemetery; planting project done

A layer of decorative and functional rock around the edges of Quincy Valley Cemetery was placed on Oct. 16, completing an extensive planting project.
It was a dusty job, but it was made a lot faster and easier with a material placement truck doing a lot of the work.
It was the last step in a project going back five years for plantings at the cemetery. The Quincy Rotary Club has been working with the cemetery district on the beautification project and donated substantial funding and labor for it.

A small crew places rock as a ground cover in the new planting area Oct. 16 at Quincy Valley Cemetery. From the left are Gabriel Guerrero, Carl Yeates, Eduardo Blancas, Roy Townsend and Brad Carter, with the remote control.
Photo by Dave Burgess/Post-Register

In the past year, the cemetery has gained more paved parking and a new sidewalk on the west side, a decorative perimeter fence, and a 4-foot wide planting strip around three sides in addition to the front, which has long been a planting area. In spring this year, about 100 trees, and hundreds of shrubs and grasses were planted with the help of volunteers.
During summer, weed-blocking fabric and a drip irrigation line were installed. Then the trees were staked, to protect them against wind.
Carl Yeates, a Rotary Club member who has helped guide the project over the years, was at the cemetery for the placement of the rock on Oct. 16. In his understated way, Yeates said that by and large he was pleased with the results, how the fence and plantings dress out the cemetery and make it “look kind of nice.”
The rock is crushed basalt. It was supplied, at a discount, Yeates pointed out, by Tommer Construction from a source up Adams Road. How much rock did it take to cover the planting area? The estimate was 100 tons.
The cemetery district is paying for this part of the project, Yeates said.
TC Slingers, of Wenatchee, a company that provides placement of material such as rock, sand, soil and bark, was brought in for the job. The company’s material placement truck used at the Quincy cemetery is a wonder of technology.
There was no one in the cab, yet the vehicle moved forward and back, and the rock moved out the back and down a conveyor belt, which also moved left and right and up and down to aim the rock where it needed to go. It was all run by Brad Carter, standing behind the truck, using a remote control unit about the size of a gaming console. The system beats hauling heavy rock with wheelbarrows, Carter said.
Along half of the cemetery perimeter, the planting strip is on the inside of the fence line. But that was no problem for TC Slingers, as the conveyor belt arm reached over the top of the fence and dropped the rock inside as easily as it placed rock in the portion of the planting strip on the outside of the fence.
Wielding metal rakes, Yeates and two workers from his farming operation, Gabriel Guerrero and Eduardo Blancas, plus Roy Townsend, a worker with TC Slingers, followed the truck and spread the rock out evenly.
Read more about the cemetery planting project at

By Dave Burgess,