Forestry Mulching

What is Forestry Mulching?

Why Forestry Mulching?

Forestry Mulching Vs. Traditional Clearing.

Other Forestry Mulching Benefits.

What is Forestry Mulching?

Forestry mulching is the single step process by which undesirable vegetation – trees, brush and stumps – is ground into mulch by mobile machinery, T770 Bobcat. The mulch is generally spread as evenly as possible over the entire cutting area. This retards initial re-growth, prevents erosion, and replenishes the topsoil base. Unlike other clearing methods forestry mulching leaves no brush piles, and there is no burning and scarred land. Damage to “keeper” trees is greatly reduced because forestry mulching protects the vital topsoil layer and delicate “feeder” roots. The ground covering mulch allows only rainwater to seep through the mulch allow the ground a healthy amount of water, while preventing large amounts of erosion. In fact, rarely is any type of permit or additional erosion control required. The landowner is left with a fresh carpet of mulch, which naturally decomposes into rich topsoil. Forestry mulching can be done in weather that shuts down other technologies. Most importantly, mulching is faster and more cost effective than traditional land clearing methods.

Why Forestry Mulching?

Clean Up & Environment.  It has been commonplace in the past by many to simply scrape unwanted trees and vegetation into piles with a bulldozer or backhoe and burn them (or leave them there).  Although there are isolated instances where we recommend and/or employ this strategy we find the majority of customers are better served in every regard, including cost, by mulching technology. With forestry mulching no hauling or noxious burning is required.   The land is not stripped or compacted and no erosion control, other than the mulch, is necessary. We can generally work in inclement weather without damaging top soils.

Mulching Vs. Traditional Clearing.

Mulching:

  • Single-step process
  • Seldom requires permitting
  • Preserves and builds topsoil layer
  • Low ground pressure
  • Creates natural erosion control
  • Workable in wet and snowy weather
  • No burning, chipping or hauling
  • No windrows or brush piles
  • Recycles biomass
  • Extremely selective
  • Visually appealing
  • Sustainable
  • Less expensive

Traditional Clearing:

  • Multi-step process
  • Requires permitting and site plan
  • Damages and dislocates topsoil layer
  • High ground pressure (compaction)
  • Requires additional erosion control (silt fencing and catch basins)
  • Highly weather dependent
  • Often necessitates burning and/or chipping and hauling
  • Leaves windrows and brush piles
  • Discards biomass
  • Damages nearby trees and vegetation
  • Unsightly scarred appearance
  • Unsustainable
  • More expensive

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