Tips for Successful Land Clearing on Your Upcoming Yard Improvement

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Tips for Successful Land Clearing on Your Upcoming Yard Improvement

24 May 2021
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Land clearing and removing vegetation on your own property is a project that you can work on yourself, or you can hire professionals. However, either way you go about it, you need to know what to expect in either option so you can get the most out of the land improvements and your efforts. Here are some recommendations to clean up vegetation and clear land for future improvements.

Clear Vegetation

When your backyard contains areas where vegetation has grown in thickly for decades, you don't have to let the area sit unused just because of the overgrowth. You can remove the vegetation and clear the land to use it for one of many types of improvements where you can put your land to good use. Vegetation growth that contains dense shrubbery, trees and tall weeds can be easily removed with the use of heavy equipment. And you can rent heavy equipment for you to complete the task yourself, or you can hire a professional contractor to do the work. A professional will have in-depth knowledge of how to work the equipment, though you can learn the basics to clear it out with an equipment rental mulcher.

Clear out the vegetation of shrubs and growth on your property with the mulching attachment on a skid steer, which provides quick trimming of the brush back. Then, the mulching blades grind all the woody materials and green growth down into small pieces of mulch. This actually can improve the soil for future growth of maintained garden beds, landscaping and lawn. Then, because you are grinding down the vegetation and putting it back into the soil, you keep it out of the local landfill. Why fill the nearby tip with this rich mulch when you can leave it in your own soil?

Grind Stumps

You may need to remove large trees that are diseased, dead or just in the way of future improvements. But before you cut down a tree on your land, check with your local area about a Vegetation Protection Order (VPO). You can contact your local city council office to verify if you need a permit to remove any trees beforehand. 

Once you have safely removed a tree, either with professional equipment or your own safe trimming, you will need to remove the trunk from the soil. Your mulcher can usually grind down stumps up to a specific diameter, just check with the equipment's specifications before you begin the work. Otherwise, you can arrange for a professional to grind the stump and turn it into wood mulch. Then, clear out your topsoil and level the site to prepare it for building, landscaping or other purposes.