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Natural Texas Cedar Clearing

Overtime, this Welsh Pony breeding ranch of 40 acres was reduced to 10 acres of useable land and unmanaged 30 acres were invaded by Huisache, Cedar and other trees and brush. The trees and brush shaded out native grasses and Texas flowers and the growing ranch needed increased pasture land. Natural Texas forestry mowed Huisache to promote pasture grasses (for hay) leaving some to shade horses. We cleaned out fence line around house by hand then mowing debris. The results opened view from windows for house bound land-owner to the see her beloved horses and for her to enjoy them through the day. Her Welsh ponies are more like the big Labrador dog retriever.

Seeing the native grasses and wildflowers bring joy to the owners and the love they who we enhanced the property to reveal the native beautiful landscape. Another bonus came when large, mostly dead trees near the ranch house were removed or pruned. Our selective land clearing and tree work coupled with recent rain promise a beautiful spring after a long winter.

Natural Texas Dead Tree Removal

Ten acres were purchased close to Lexington and the accessibility was by foot because of dense cedar trees, brush and small trees. The property needed the fence line cleared for the fence builders and to prepare for the construction of a barn/condo and log home. The Natural Texas forestry mower mowed the property line and selective area of the interior so that the construction could proceed. Buy removing the cedar trees, the home and barn buildings were easily surveyed and the land was carefully cleared to provide accessibility for the fence builders.

The shaded fuel break (areas mowed) with areas left as is (natural) provide wildlife shelter and food, and vistas from porch. In addition we provided privacy from the neighbor, a mile long nature hiking trail. The owner, also a hunter was now able to hunt for deer from the front porch, if he wanted to and as an added bonus, we provided a rapid, low cost, low impact driveway and entrance to the property.

The land owner got instant accessibility and understanding of the property which results in good planning for years to come. This is in keeping with Natural Texas clearing Texas land naturally.

Creating Firebreaks and Fence Line Lanes

Using a forestry mulcher to remove brush and trees and slash to create firebreaks and or fence lines to reduce the dangers of forest fires. This is the most effecient way to remove cedar trees, small trees, ladder fuel and other debris that adds to burnable materials that create the danger of an uncontrollable forest fire. It is the best way to mechanically complete a project like this while under a burn ban because there won't be any brush piles to burn or remove.

Cedar Removal Using a Rayco Forestry Mulcher (Mower)

Rayco Forestry mulcher is a purpose-built machine designed to work in the woods day in and day out clearing trees and brush. These mulchers are suited for clearing small trees, underbrush, and a variety of unwanted vegetation over a wide range of ground conditions. The mulch created from removing brush and trees, left onsite. The mulch will help hold the ground soil in place during rains preventing unwanted and damaging soil erosion and creating needed ground cover. The layer of mulch also retains moisture and improves soil quality, promoting the germination of native grasses.

Selectively Remove Trees and Brush Safely and Efficiently

Selectively remove the brush and trees you want to open up paths, roads and trails and provide light to much needed grasses and flowers. The forestry mower does not disturb the soil like a bull dozer or bobcat that has to push the trees over, exposing the root balls and leaving large areas of soil disturbed. Our expert arborists drive the forestry mower and can help provide advice about which trees and plants to save and which to remove to enhance the property.

Natural Tree and Brush Removal with a Forestry Mower

See the forestry mower selectively and carefully remove dead cedar trees while leaving the trees next to them unharmed. The trees are turned to mulch which add organic matter to the ground soil and help retain moisture. Large areas of cedar and brush can be removed without creating large brush piles that have to be hauled out, burned or left on site.

Forestry Mower At Mary Moore Searight Park

Rosie and Claire of the Austin Parks Foundation visit Carl Brockman of Natural Texas out working on a new trail at Mary Moore Searight Park in South Austin. Carl is a certified arborist and is using a forestry mower to cut a trail through dense cedar breaks (ashe juniper trees) The mower grind up the trees as mulch on site (vs. chainsawing and chipping) and has a low impact footprint on the ground (low weight displacement.

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You and your crew did a wonderful job clearing and mulching at my place near McDade last winter.  The woods were very overgrown after decades of neglect.  In three days work, you and your crew removed a huge amount of brush and ‘fire ladders’, making a vast improvement for wildlife and fire safety.  You listened to my requests but made numerous suggestions how to improve the plans that I had made, with the result of more benefits for wildlife and more beauty to appreciate.  I was astonished how you guys could work fast and accomplish a lot with the big forestry mower, yet leave unscathed even small bushes we wanted to save.  You taught me a lot about taking care of the place and the new pathways and pocket meadows have been a joy for me and my family.  I’m looking forward to having you do more this year.  Let me mention that all our interactions were very professional, your team came when you said they would, and I can’t think of anything to complain about.  I recommended you to my neighbors and I’m happy to answer any questions about your work. Best regards, Dave Naumann Mc Dade, TX and Hoboken, NJ

Dave NaumannLand Steward
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I am writing on behalf of Carl Brockman, who performed land clearing for Black-capped Vireo habitat restoration for Travis County in February 2004. Mr. Brockman proved to be very professional and demonstrated a great deal of expertise, care and concern during all phases of the project. His understanding of native vegetation and our ultimate goal was paramount in allowing him to often work unsupervised. I strongly recommend his services for habitat restoration or manipulation. If you require any further information. please call me.

Paul FushilleTravis County TNR
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