Brush clearing is a necessary task for many landowners. It is essential to do it correctly to prevent brush fires and because brush piles can degrade the quality of certain soils. However, brush clearing can be tedious work – especially if you are doing it all by hand. Luckily, there are some great ways to make this job easier.
In this blog post, we will share our favorite tips and equipment that will help you get your brush cleared faster than ever before.
Inspect Your Land and Make a Plan
Inspect your land and make a plan before taking beginning any brush clearing steps. Identify trees you want to cut down and mark brush piles that might be hiding essential things like fences or power lines, and natural land features. Brush clearing should focus on brush near the house for fire protection, then brush near roads where there is a danger of cars being hit by branches during storms.
Keep those trees you want to keep: This includes shade trees and fruit trees.
Get the Tools and Equipment Necessary for Brush Clearing
- A chainsaw is the most common tool used in brush clearing because it cuts through the brush quickly and efficiently.
- If brush clearing is done regularly, an electric brush cutter can work as well because it cuts through brush more slowly than a chainsaw does.
- Brush hooks can be helpful if the brush has been knocked over by strong winds or storms and needs to be propped up again before it’s removed from its spot in the ground.
- Gloves are an essential tool for brush clearing because the brush is usually thorny and full of thorns.
- Eye protection is also essential when using a chainsaw or brush cutter, as these tools can send up flying pieces of wood that could damage your eyes.
- A helmet should be worn if you use a brush cutter, brush hook, or chainsaw for brush clearing.
- Handsaws are better suited to clearing shrubs.
Start Brush Clearing
Cut the Trees: Before cutting, use the chainsaw blade to trim any branches that could get caught in the saw’s teeth or interfere with their operation. Use both hands to guide the saw to the branch and then pull the saw toward you, cutting through most but not all of the wood fibers.
Clear the Brush: Use a brush cutter to cut smaller brushes in dense areas. Clear an area at least three feet around it before turning on your brushcutter or trimmer for safety purposes.
Remove Stumps: When the brush has been cleared, use a circular saw to cut through the stump.
Remove Shrubs: Use an edger or sharp shovel to remove shrubs along with foundations and steps in a few quick strokes. Drilling them out is more difficult because they have roots that can be deeper than you think.
Clear Out Undergrowth: Use brush-cutting tools and a small brush to clear out the undergrowth.
It is time to get your property in shape. Whether you are looking for a professional site preparation company or just want to hire brush clearing services, D&J Site Construction can help you in McAllen. Get a free estimate from our experts today.