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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.

Here is a tree that fell--Spaghetti!

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.

Opening up the fenceline

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 .

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Thank you so much for the terrific job that you and your crew did in clearing the trees around my house last week. Things look nicer now than they have in years. Next time I need some tree work! You are at the top of my list.

Chandier StolpAustin, Texas
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Believe it or not, the clearing that you helped me with has been holding well. I have had it shredded a couple of times and the grass is really taking hold. Now have about 20 good sized pecan trees beginning to branch out as they now have access to sun and space. Looks like a well kept orchard. Thank you again for a great job and for staying in touch. May all your jobs turn out as well as mine did. Jim.

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