LAND CLEARING | UNDERBRUSH REMOVAL | FORESTRY MULCHING | SITE PREP
Cost to clear land
When it comes to the age old question “how much does it cost to clear my land” there are a lot of variables to take into consideration.
When it comes to projects no two acres are the same, so we make sure to gather as much information about your project and the goals of your clearing job. From there we will make recommendations on what type of machinery and methods will take place.
When it comes to land clearing there are essentially two viable methods.
Forestry Mulching This method uses a large, hydraulically powered, grinder on the front of a variety of machines. These machines can be broken down into 3 categories and each has their place on the job site.
Skid Steer Mulcher these are 90-120 horsepower compact track loaders (think of the generic term bobcat). These machines excel in light brush and vegetation. Generally stuff under 6 inches in diameter and smaller lot sizes (1-2) acres. These machines have a few cons as well. Lower horsepower ratings means they cannot cut as fast, leave as fine of a mulch, or cut larger sized trees. Skid steer mulchers are great for smaller, residential jobs. Depending on the carrier and mulching head these machines are generally $1500+ per day
Compact Dedicated Mulcher these are usually steel track units and range from 175-250 horsepower. These machines will usually double the amount of production of a skid steer mulcher and can mulch trees up to 18 inches and greater. These units are generally lower ground pressure and can work in wetter areas. These machines excel in larger material and 2-5 acre jobs. These machines are not without their cons as well. These machines being on steel tracks are required to unload directly on dirt or grass and cannot be driven on concrete or asphalt, which can make unloading them tricky. Depending on the carrier and head these machines are generally $2500+ per day
High Horsepower Dedicated Mulcher these mulchers are the biggest and baddest out there. They are 300+ horsepower and often have a 8 foot or greater sized mulching head. These machines excel in larger jobs, and larger material. They do not have a size limit on trees, and leave behind a very fine mulch. These units are generally on large tire tractors and get stuck very easily in the rain. There are large tracked carrier options that are better suited for rainy conditions if you need a high horsepower dedicated machine. These machines being over 9 feet wide are not great at under brushing or being utilized on smaller lots. Depending on the carrier and head these machines are 3000+ per day
Cost to Clear Land FAQS
Which type of machine is best suited for my job?
- This question really breaks down into a few parts? How big is your project? The bigger the project the larger machine you will need. A smaller machine can handle a larger project but will end up costing you more in the end.
- 0 – 2 acre land clearing projects. These are most popular for the smaller skid steer style mulching machines. A compact dedicated unit can handle these jobs as well and will make more sense financially the closer you get to the 2 acre range.
- 2 – 5 acre land clearing projects. On the smaller size 2 to 3 acre range the compact dedicated machine will make sense, as the project exceeds 3 acres a high horsepower dedicated mulcher is the tool for the job.
When is mulching not the right solution for land clearing?
- Mulching is never to be used when a foundation will go on top of the cleared out area. Mulching does not remove the stump or root systems, which over time, can rot and cause voids. This can lead to foundation issues. Always grub and remove all vegatation above and below the surface when doing home site development.
- Mulching tap root plants. These plants are not generally killed from mulching and will often re-sprout. Use a herbicide or grubbing techniques.
What permits are needed for mulching?
- Generally speaking if you are mulching invasive and smaller trees and brush permits are not required. If you are mulching larger heritage trees then permitting may be required. Always check your local regulations to see if permits are required.
What payment methods do you accept?
- Each of our branches of office is different, but we accept; cash, check, credit card, venmo, cash app, zelle, bank draft, and wire transfer.