That is a fantastic idea, especially for trees.
My fruit trees were planted just in the ground, but they kept having roots get uncovered. So, I built small boxes around the trees, these I fill with dirt, and usually some small blooming plants, but the chickens love to dust bathe there. So, all the dirt is scratched out, constantly. I end up putting it back, and then just using boards over the beds to keep the dirt in there. But, hey rocks, why didn't I think of that?
I have decided to gather all the rocks that I can, they look like the ones on a gravel road, but these are my "lawn". Anyhow, I decided to dig a foundation for a new milking room and milk processing area, of 8x16 and once I dig it down alot, just making a drain off from it to the pond, so when I hose it down... it fills the pond a little bit and feeds the algae that feeds the... you know. My goats do not potty in the milking area, so it will mostly be hay and feed bits left over and a couple squirts of milk and lots of water from cleaning milking equipment. But, if I put a pipe in it needs the rocks under it, and to pour the cement pad, I need rocks... aha uses for rocks.
Then I will have to cover the "lawn" with used hay to hold the soil, since it is a hillside. The chickens will have a field day scratching it all around.
Once winter hits, and rains return or in January when we start getting snow, I will pen up the chickens and goats, and reseed all the grass.
Boy, this drought is causing me alot of extra work! But, I just have to save the soil!
The pond is barely damp:
What are the eating rocks?
This plant does survive, but nothing likes it, I can't Id it. It is square stems so mint, basil, nettle family, but what is it?
Goats are still fat, due to hay, alfalfa and grain. Also water is in troughs, not the pond.
Talk to your plants.... If your plants talk to you... Run!