Land Clearing Tips

Tip for clearing land of scrubs, trees and brush to allow for gardening or building. Post your ideas.


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May 5, 20050 found this helpful

When new to the area and cleaning off your property. Before cutting down and clearing some of the trees/shrubs, flowers, ask someone in the neighborhood if they'd like to have any of them for their property. If not, then dispose of them how you see fit. Remember, someone somewhere might want the trees for BBQing.

By Terri

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May 6, 20050 found this helpful

For large areas pigs are good - fence them over the area you want to clear and they will turn over the soil and root out all the shrubs, bushes and their roots, even for persistent weeds. This may take some time but in the end you will have cleared land and pork in the freezer!


For small areas chickens are good, in a moveable pen, (a chicken tractor). They will eat/scratch up all the vegetation, pick the ground over for seeds and insect pests, fertilise it with their droppings and your waste plants are turned into eggs. And no harmful chemicals!



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May 6, 20050 found this helpful

Of course, don't forget good old fashion goats!
They like to eat higher than their knees & shoulders, eating vines, lower tree limbs as far as they can reach.
Pine trees are great dewormers for them. We like to pull over a sapling for them to reach the tree leaves or needles. They love that. And the 'sticker-vines' that crawl up the trees and flourish, are their favorite.
But there are some things they can't have because it is poison for them, such as wild cherry trees, azaleas, oleander, etc...
Cows will eat short grasses, while goats like the higher weeds, trees, vines & such, and as was mentioned by Jo, pigs are wonderful for rooting out roots!


Of course, you could always rent a backhoe for $1000 a week and find a retired farmer to run it for you, if you are in a hurry, but that doesn't seem as frugal as the pigs & goats (or as much fun).... :)
We also got a LOT of trees cleared out in a couple of days by a tree trimming crew working in our area by giving them the trees in exchange for taking them down for us. They accomplished more in 2 days at no cost to us than we had accomplished in 4 years with our old backhoe & animals.

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By kevin (Guest Post)
January 7, 20060 found this helpful

I just had 6ac clear cut and was paid several thousand for the timber. I plan on using some of that to cover the expense of cleaning up the brush. I plan to make this a field.Here's the problem. Do I leave the stumps to rot or do I pay quite a bit more to have them dug up? Rent a stump grinder? What next?


Editor's Note: Kevin, we posted this as a new request:

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