A Fence Line Revealed
Recently (Sept 17 & 18) we did fence line around back half of 10 acres. The owner, like a lot of owners, asked how wide is the equipment? It is 6 foot. Perfect, he says. He wants it cleared 6 foot wide. It has been 12 years since he was able to wiggle his way through brush and trees along the fence. Some land has been in the family for 3-5 generations, anywhere from 10-15 years to 50 to 75 years. They all want the fence cleared to build or repair their fence. Only 6-8 feet is necessary. They want to be frugal as their ancestors…of course it was prairie back then…not necessarily what is there today. This is when reality hits the pavement…hard.
Sir…there is a canopy of very large post oak that has fallen on your fence…just beyond it there is a very large eastern red cedar that fell and its canopy is parallel to the fence…the yaupons are 12 feet tall with horizontal 15 foot limbs. Within the yaupons are small trees growing randomly. The spaghetti I had for dinner last night was less tangled! Sure the equipment is 6 foot wide but that super large tree is within that area.
Okay, we go around it. We go around all obstacles in order to find a way to mulch it without damaging adjacent trees that are to stay. Debris is mulched up and you can drive your tractor around the perimeter of your property again. The trees that stay look great…an arborist culled out not-so-great trees. But there are other results too.
There is a good firebreak around this newly selectively cleared fence line. The dead fall, brush and small trees are mulched leaving good space for firefighters to work and save your structures. More animals and birds will feed on seeds and such with next spring growth. By clearing out beneath the canopy of large trees next to the fence they are protected from wildfire going and coming while not competing for water and nutrients from brush and small trees. Yes, this helps during a drought, and mulch does for them what it does in your landscape…retards erosion…conserves water…protects soil from sun…promotes seed germination of wild flowers and native grasses…composts down into useful nutrients. And, yes we can do a couple more days for trails and such and spread other days over years to eventually get it manageable .
Forest and Land Management
We have been using Texas Natural / Trees Unlimited since 2015. Carl, Jose and Rocky do awesome work! They work very well together and are very sensitive to a landowners needs and wants, no matter how eclectic. We love to have them work for us. They even follow some of our weirdness. We want persimmon and Agarita plants left alone. They know we like old growth Cedar and all other trees are to be cared for. In our case, much of our land was hopelessly overgrown with cedar. Selective clearing has provided an AMAZING transformation of the area. The guys have made several trails for us providing access to land that was previously impassable. Opened up pastures to usable area for grazing. One area they call the football field. Their work has allowed us to enjoy our place even more! The last trip for them is a newer machine and seems do much more than the original machine of 2015. We love being allowed to work with them! Rocky has taught us ways to help work more efficiency. We are still learning things. We catch ourselves planning their next visit before they're done with the current one. We really look forward to them coming out and opening our place up for us to enjoy. We gladly give Texas Natural our highest recommendation! The Hotmann's Craig and MaryannCraig & Maryann HottmanLand Steward
Carl seems to have an innate gift for seeing what the land needs. He and his crew not only transformed our property, but he educated us about how to care for the land ourselves. Our place has been "sculpted" by a true naturalist and professional. I can not say enough nice things about Carl and Natural Texas and would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to improve the look and the health of their property.Lessa Reese(Paige TX)