Maintaining your piece of land typically requires more than simply mowing during the warmer months. New trees can pop up each year and existing trees can quickly become overgrown and unruly. Landowners often make the decision to have trees cleared in order to make use of their land or to simply cut down on maintenance over the long term. There are a few different methods that can be used to clear trees depending on how many need to be cleared and their size. Here's an overview of the common methods used.

Clearing Small Trees

If you have mostly small trees on your land, it may not be necessary to use heavy equipment to remove them. It may be possible to use a chainsaw to cut them down to their trunks and then use a spade to remove the stump and root system. If you don't require the roots to be removed, a stump grinder can be used to grind the stump down to ground level. Alternatively, a chemical treatment can be applied to the stumps to cause them to decompose quickly. If you have several small trees clumped together, it may be best to use a brush grubber. This is a tool that attaches to a utility vehicle and basically pulls the trees out of the soil whole.

Clearing Large Trees

Larger trees can be felled individually if there aren't many of them on your land. A bucket truck can be used to fell the tree in sections from the top downwards. This technique is known as tree lopping and the stump can then be ground down or a digger can be used to remove it. If you have several large trees on your land, the bulldozing method may be the quickest and easiest way to clear your land. Bulldozed trees are gathered in piles to either be cut down into manageable pieces for removal or to be burned. Bulldozing tends to leave holes where trees have been pushed over, so you may need to add soil back to your land to create a flat, useable area.

Tree clearing requires the use of appropriate safety equipment, and you shouldn't attempt to use any tree removal tools without training. If you have an area of land that you want to be cleared, contact your local tree removal company. They will assess the land and the condition of the trees that are to be removed and recommend a course of action to get your land cleared and in the condition you'd like it to be in. For more information on tree clearing, contact a company near you.