Land Clearing: A Guide

Posted on: 20 October 2017

If you have just purchased a new piece of property which contains land that is covered in trees and vegetation, you may be thinking about the best way to clear this land. Clearing land can provide you with space to extend your garden or patio or even to install a swimming pool. Below is a step-by-step guide to clearing land.

1) Carry out an assessment

Before you do anything, you should carry out an assessment of the area you wish to clear. You should make a note of the number and the size of any trees in the area, the level of ground cover and the types of plants which are present. Measuring the size of the trees will allow you to assess the type of equipment you will need to order to cut them down. While smaller trees can be easily felled using an axe, larger trees may require the use of a chainsaw. The level of ground cover will give you an idea of how much work will be required in removing plants from the soil, and identifying the types of plants present will allow you to assess if you need to take any special measures. For example, some species of plant, such as the Japanese knotweed, are very difficult to remove because of their long roots.

2) Removing the trees

The first thing you should remove should be any trees which are present on the land. When felling a tree, it is always best to work as a pair so that someone else can keep an eye on the tree while you focus on cutting it down. Falling trees can present a serious hazard, so unless you are skilled with an axe or a chainsaw, it is typically best to leave this work to a professional tree service. A professional tree service will also be able to assist you in removing the tree stumps which remain in the ground once the body of a tree has been felled. The contractor will normally use a stump grinding machine which will break down wood into small pieces.

3) Clear the ground cover

Once the trees have been removed from the land, you can remove any ground cover. The best way to do this is to use an electrical strimmer. The strimmer features a piece of wire which rotates at high speed. When the wire comes into contact with the ground cover, it cuts it down.

If you would like further advice on land clearing, you should contact a tree service today.


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Hi, my name is Sophie. Welcome to my tree care blog. I never paid much attention to trees until I was about 32 years old. I mean, I liked trees. I liked sitting under trees in the summer, but I didn't really think about the effort needed to keep them healthy. All that changed when I married a wonderful man and we purchased a big house in the countryside. The property featured a large garden which contained lots of trees. I wasn't sure how to manage them so I called in a tree service. The guys were great and gave me a real education. I decided I would like to share what I had learnt here.


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