General Land Clearing FAQs
What exactly does forestry mulching do?
Forestry mulching uses large carbide bits, or sharp steel knives to cut, shred, and pulverize vegetation. This method of clearing causes little to no soil disturbance, and leaves behind an environmentally friendly bed of mulch.
What happens to the tree stumps?
Stumps, just like the rest of the tree are ground up and mulched. We try and grind stumps around 1 inch sub surface. This unique approach to land clearing allows you to not have to worry about stumps or giant holes left from digging out root systems.
**NOTE you never want to mulch where a home foundation is going to go. For that we would recommend using our PC210 Excavator to grub out the trees and root balls.
I don't want all the trees removed, can you keep our nice trees?
Absolutely! This is referred to as “selective clearing” and it is a very important part of being a land owner. In Texas, we have a few species of trees that can take over and eventually kill off your wanted trees. With our equipment we are able to mulch around and under mature trees allowing them room to grow and be seen easily.
Where does the mulch go?
The mulch will be essentially sprayed from the front of the mulcher. Areas with bigger trees, soft wood evergreens such as cedars, will leave a thicker mulch bed. This mulch bed is very beneficial to the environment. It helps control weeds, it reduces erosion, and over time as it decomposes returns nutrients to the soil.
How large of a tree can you mulch?
Skid steer mulchers are very limited to what they can handle size wise. While they can mulch small brush and saplinbgs, anything else is just too much for such a small machine.
Our dedicated machines such as our CMI 175 have much more horsepower and are capable of mulching up to 16 inches in diameter (we can handle larger but those are determined on site due to safety reasons)
If your land clearing jobs requires mulching more trees than brush it is always a better idea to go with a dedicated machine over a skid steer mulcher. As the old saying goes, there is no replacement for displacement. In the woods more horsepower always gets the job done faster, leaves a finer mulch, and saves you money.
How many can you clear in a day?
This question is one we really hate to answer over the phone. With clearing no two jobs are the same and the variables always can skew this data one way or the other. On average in wall to wall mature cedar trees we can mulch around 2 acres per day. With underbrushing and smaller material we can handle 4+.
Machine Specific Questions
Skid steer or dedicated mulcher?
This question is very important, and we will always recommend the machine that gets the job done right and for the best price for our customers. Unlike a lot of companies out there we have a fleet of different machines that are capable of handling different sized projects.
Skid Steer mulchers are great for tight spaces and urban areas. They are light weight and equipped with rubber tracks. Generally skid steer mulchers are around 100HP and produce about 40Gal/Min of hydraulic flow (this is what powers the mulcher head). Skid steer mulchers are really more so brush and sapling mowers than true forestry mulchers.
Skid Steer Mulcher Pros
Skid Steer Mulcher Cons
Smaller in size and can navigate tighter areas
Rubber tracks that can be driven on roads and over curbs
Shorter height can fit under trees easier
Dedicated forestry mulchers (like our CMI 175 machine) are purpose built to handle the rigors of forestry mulching. These machines are generally higher than 175 HP and produce more than 75Gal/Min of hydraulic flow. This increased horsepower and flow means they are able to mulch faster and larger trees. Dedicated mulchers are built on small dozer chassis and come with steel tracks. Steel tracks are great for extreme traction but cannot be driven on roads (unless they are gravel) or over any types of curbs.
Dedicated Mulcher Pros
Low horsepower and hydraulic flow reduces production in terms of size (acreage) and tree size
Smaller cutting width
Get stuck very easily
Cannot handle steep or sloped terrain well
Dedicated Mulcher Cons
High horsepower and high hydraulic flow means more production power
Extreme traction and low ground pressure, can work in steep and muddy conditions
Compact size to power ratio still allows for selective clearing
Less prone to break downs on the job
Higher flow allows for a finer more finished mulch
Steel tracks CANNOT be driven on concrete or asphalt or over curbs.
Cannot be used in urban locations where houses are within 100 yards.
When should I choose a skid steer mulcher?
For small lots (less than 1 acre) with light vegetation (mostly brush with a few trees than need to be removed)
For urban lots where the machine must be unloaded on a road or driveway
For jobs where height clearance is an issue.
When should I choose a dedicated mulcher?
When the machine can be unloaded from a trailer directly on dirt or grass
For larger clearing jobs (greater than 1 acre)
For larger trees or thicker vegetation
When there are slopes or muddy conditions