Forestry Mulching & Land Clearing

Our land clearing and forestry mulching services include

  • Commercial property maintenance
  • Residential property maintenance
  • Land clearing
  • Tree Removal & mulching
  • Brush removal & mulching
  • Storm damage clean up
  • Timbered land clean up
  • Pasture and field restoration
  • Hunting lanes and hiking trails
  • Horse trails
  • Cutting firebreaks
  • Orchard and vineyard maintenance
  • Utility line and fence line maintenance

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Our CAT 299 shredding thousands of blueberry trees. Complete land clearing, forestry mulching and land managment services available.

Mulching leaves the top soil virtually undisturbed and the organic matter will be absorbed into the ground, providing essential nutrients for regrowth.

Removing Chinese Tallow trees. A very invasive species, these trees can produce 100,000 viable seeds per year.

Other Property Maintenance and Cleanup Services

  • Tree and stump removal
  • Interior road maintenance
  • Grading and land leveling
  • Ditch cleaning and maintenance
  • Driveway preparation
  • Horse arena and barn pads
  • Fence removal and hauling
  • Debris removal and hauling
  • Property cleanup and maintenance

The Benefits of Mulching

  • Fast land clearing
  • Reduces need for permits or special fencing
  • Keeps the tree root in place to maintain soil structure
  • No brush or tree piles to remove or burn
  • Slows vegetative regrowth
  • Controls erosion
  • Maintains natural forest appeal

Our Customers / Property Types

  • Residential properties
  • Commercial properties
  • Land used for recreational riding and hunting
  • Public parks and recreational areas
  • Apartment complexes
  • Golf courses
  • Agricultural fields and pastures
  • Horse farm owners

Forestry mulching is a land clearing method that uses a single machine to cut, grind, and clear vegetative growth. The unit uses a rotary drum equipped with a steel chipper “teeth” to remove and shred trees, brush and heavy vegetation. The mulch is simultaneously distributed over the cutting area, reducing erosion and vegetative regrowth while leaving a natural, forest-like environment.  Forestry mulching is used for land clearing, right of way clearing and maintenance. wildfire prevention, overgrown and heavy brush management, invasive species control and wildlife conservation and restoration.

 

Forestry mulching is unlike other land clearing processes in that it can be done with a single machine comprised of a CAT Compact Track Loader fitted with a HM315 Mulching Attachment.  This rugged mulching head processes trees, up to 200 mm (8 in) diameter, and other brush for effective land clearing results.  Unlike other land clearing methods, forestry mulching leaves no brush or burn piles and eliminates damage to the retained trees.  With a thick layer of mulch, the topsoil layer is protected from erosion and as the mulch decomposes, the topsoil will be replenished.

 

Conventional land clearing methods often increase the risk of erosion by pushing trees over, uprooting the stump and roots.  This process may unnecessarily disturb layers of soil.  In contrast, mulching the vegetation leaves the soil structure intact. The mulched material is dispersed over the cutting area and when left on the ground, will act as an erosion barrier and return vital nutrients back into the soil as it decomposes.  Over time, grass will naturally grow through the mulch and can be maintained with mowing.

Wildfire prevention and control

Proactive mulching reduces the potential for wildfires by eliminating fuel sources like brush, vines, fallen and rotten trees.  They not only increase the risk of fire, but once started these fuel sources will quickly elevate the heat intensity and ability for the fire to run up the tree and spread to other trees.  

If an uncontrolled fire erupts, forestry mulching can be used to cut lines or fire breaks to prevent the fire from spreading.  Once the fire is extinguished, mulch can be used as a top layer to prevent further soil erosion and water contamination.

 

The value of proactive mulching

When Invasive species of trees and other plant life take over habitats, it is not only unsightly but can be a drain on other natural resources such as ground water.  The invasive species must be removed in order to reestablish the native environment, preserve precious water resources and allow the natural balance of wildlife and insects to be restored.  

Trees crowded together can become stressed, making them weak and more susceptible to attack from invasive species.  Proactive mulching can reduce crowding of competitive trees, eliminate invasive plants and other trees and further reduce susceptibility to disease caused by the spread of insects and fungus.

Q & A

What is brush and tree mulching?  

Forestry (brush and tree) mulching is a land clearing method that uses a single machine to cut, grind, and clear vegetative growth. The machine uses a rotary drum equipped with steel chipper “teeth” to remove and shred trees, brush and heavy vegetation. The mulch is simultaneously distributed over the cutting area, reducing erosion and vegetative regrowth while leaving a natural, forest-like environment.  Forestry mulching is used for land clearing, right of way clearing. wildfire prevention, brush overgrowth management, invasive species control and wildlife conservation and restoration.  

 

What type of machinery is required and how does it work?  

Forestry mulching is unlike other land clearing processes in that it can be done with a single machine comprised of a CAT 299 Compact Track Loader fitted with a HM315 Mulcher.  This rugged mulching head processes trees up to 200 mm (8 in) diameter, vegetative overgrowth and other brush material for effective land clearing results.  The resulting mulch falls downward into the cutting area.    

 

What are the benefits of forestry mulching?  

Unlike other land clearing methods, forestry mulching leaves no brush or burn piles and eliminates the damage caused by heavy equipment to the retained trees.  By processing trees and other vegetation where they stand, mulching machines eliminate many of the steps involved in land clearing.  All of the necessary machinery and equipment traditionally used for cutting, felling, hauling and site cleanup are replaced with a single machine.  This eliminates the need for multiple pieces of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, excavators, tree shears, wood chippers, grinders, and hauling equipment.

 

Are there limitations on the type of land, the terrain or specific weather conditions?  

Not usually.  Mulching units are uniquely suited for steep slopes, small spaces, and tight or narrow passages. The compact size coupled with a track system allows the machinery to work well in poor ground conditions as well as wet and rainy weather.  No matter the season, forestry mulching can be performed year round.  

 

Why is mulching environmentally preferred over traditional land clearing techniques?  

With a thick layer of mulch spread over the cutting area, the topsoil layer is replenished as the mulch decomposes.  When the tree root is kept in place, the basic structure of the soil is maintained leading to a reduction in soil erosion.  In addition, the thick layer of mulch slows vegetative regrowth, further reducing maintenance costs.   Forestry mulching also maintains the beautiful, natural look of a well maintained forest-like environment.  

 

What type of jobs are suitable for forestry mulching?  

Forestry mulching is ideal for site preparation, land clearing and tree and brush removal.  Other applications include constructing recreational hiking and horse trails, hunting lanes, residential wildlife and conservation areas. Alternate activities include the removal of invasive trees and vines that take over residential and public areas as well as storm damage cleanup.  Whether removing every tree in an area or selectively removing specific trees and heavy brush, our compact machinery is fully capable of delivering the exact look that you desire.   

 

What are some of the environmental projects best served by forestry mulching?

Restoring and maintaining natural resources and conservation lands are vital to the survival of much of our native wildlife.  Forestry mulching is the most cost effective, least invasive way to address conservation and restoration projects.  Removing heavy brush, vegetative overgrowth and invasive plant and tree species allows the native grasses and plant life to return and thrive.  Restoring accessibility to natural habitats with lush grasses, abundant plant life and clean water is the key to protecting our wildlife.

 

Forestry mulching is ideal for public and private land owners who want to maintain habitats for pheasants, doves and deer.  Maintaining open spaces for the growth of food sources as well as clear access to shelter and water are essential to creating suitable habitats.  

 

How long does it take and what is required?

Forestry mulching is the fastest, least expensive way to clear trees under 8” in diameter, heavy brush and vegetation.  Depending on terrain as well as tree and brush density, a forestry mulcher can clear one to two acres in a single day.  It is possible to transform unsightly, overgrown property in a single day and usually does not require a permit.   As with all projects, it is recommended to request a written estimate outlining the scope of work and start and completion dates.  

 

Are your services limited to forestry mulching?  

Not at all.  Grovin Farms offers a complete menu of services related to land clearing, property restoration and maintenance.  Our services include land clearing, land leveling and grading, tree and stump removal, fence removal, ditch and interior road maintenance, pasture mowing, sod removal and installation and much more.

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