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Oakhill Ranch

Doing what needs to be done!

At this 200 acre ranch 3.5 miles from the Y at Oak Hill, Ashe Juniper (locally referred to as cedar) was invading a creek bottom meadow. Natural Texas used a large skid steer forestry mower to mulch cedars in the open while a hand crew (arborists) pulled them out from under/between hardwoods in the meadow. Turkeys are the targeted wildlife for tax exemption. The arborists left native forage for turkeys while removing the cedars.

Other important clearing was accomplished at the same time:

Highly flammable cedars on the slope below the ranch house were removed to provide a defensible space for fire fighters in the event of fire.

Visibility and accessibility between meadows and along a ranch road following the creek was improved dramatically while leaving cover/shelter for the turkeys.

Stately live oaks and red oaks, a creek bottom with a stone fence and a windmill became prominent when cedars were removed.

Ten acres were needed to maintain the exemption and over 16 were delivered within the budget.


Oakhill Ranch nestled in the hills


Oakhill Ranch Satellite View


Cedars were removed to uncover a hand-laid rock wall


Cedars removed from under these large live oaks revealed Mexican plums, agarita, Texas persimmon, native grasses and wildflowers


Creek and live oaks seen from ranch house porch


The windmill becomes a focal point after clearing out cedars


These Live oaks come into their own after cedars are eliminated


Cedars encroaching on prairie were removed


Turkeys are the targeted wildlife for tax exemption

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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 Maryann

Craig & Maryann HottmanLand Steward
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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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