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Jun 29, Before I get into the “how” to clear land by yourself, by hand, without a Backhoe, let me explain “why” we would want to.
We love trees. We love woods. We love hunting, hiking, 4-wheeler trails, and everything the woods give us. We own 23 acres of (mostly) woods. We have an acre clear Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins. Brush Removal Costs.
Clearing brush is less expensive than trees and costs between 1, and 1, per acre on average. In some cases where the brush is very light and thin, clearing the overgrowth could cost as little asper acre. The cost to hire loggers to clear your land (versus simply take down select trees) runs the same range as any land clearing company atto 5, per acre orto 2, per tree.
Some logging companies or firewood sellers will remove the trees from your land for free. If your plot of land is small or only has a few saplings and bushes, then you may be able to clear the land in a single weekend with basic hand tools, such as a shovel and a hand saw.
In the event that your plot of land has several large trees or a denser population of trees, you may need to break out some larger, more aggressive tools. Cutting brush with loppers or hand saw in the fall and treating the cut stumps with herbicide is the way to go in most cases. Chipping the remains and using that for mulch is a good cheapest way to clear dense trees to recycle.
You might want to try to identify the plants you consider brush before cutting. May 06, Add the DuraBlades kit to your DR Trimmer/Mower to turn it into a brush cutter that can take down woody brush up to 3/8″ thick. Or, add the Beaver Blade attachment to either your DR Trimmer/Mower.
Mar 15, Stumpjumper hit the nail on the head. When clearing trees with my ex, I would reach up far as I could and use the weight of the tree to help fall it. If my little machine wasn't able, I would take break up the root system a little bit, and they would come right down. I wouldn't cut the trees off then go about removing the stumps. Burning might not be the way to go in PA, especially if it is a forest.
Oaks are resistant to fire but if you light up a maple/beech forest with dense underbrush that could seriously get out of hand and destroy all the trees. Cutting brush with loppers or hand saw in the fall and treating the cut stumps with herbicide is the way to go in most.