Thinking about clearing some of your land for pasture? Before you make what you think is a simple decision, there are a lot of other factors to consider. Here are several questions that I encourage people to ask before beginning the clearing process.
Tips For Clearing Land For Pasture
What do I plan on using the land for?
This is the first and most important question to ask yourself. Almost every other decision you need to make regarding the clearing will be based on the answers to this question.
If you’re looking to grow crops or use the new space for pasture for animals, you should check the quality of the soil in the area before you clear to see if it can support the grasses or vegetation you wish to put in that area. You’ll also want to be careful in how you go about clearing the land, as some methods can cause damage to the topsoil in the area.
Do I need to remove tree stumps?
It depends. If you’re just looking to clear for a view or for recreational space, you may not have to remove all of the tree stumps. If you need help with tree stump removal in Nashville, I’m here to help you.
If you’re looking to grow crops or put animals in the pasture, it’s likely you’ll have to remove everything from the area including stumps, which can make the process of clearing longer and more complex. The process of removing stumps can differ based on the type of tree in the area.
How do I clear underbrush?
The easiest answer is to get a brush hog or weed whacker with heavy-duty capabilities, or even a chainsaw. But … don’t count out the impact of goats and other animals. Yes, really. Goats can be extremely helpful in clearing out underbrush, especially in areas that aren’t easily accessible with machines. They also can root out poison oak. Pigs can be helpful, too, as they will eat the entirety of a plant, including the roots. So, if you’re not in a time crunch, consider making goats and pigs the first two animals you put out on your new pasture and put them to work for you! If you are in a time crunch and need land clearing help in Nashville, I’m your guy.
Is there any sort of land that I shouldn’t clear for pasture?
If the land you want to clear is an old, overgrown orchard or any other area that may have been sprayed with chemicals of any kind, you want to be especially sure to check the soil before clearing for pasture. The lingering effects of these chemicals can hamper the growth of new crops without first treating the soil.
What am I forgetting?
Rocks. Don’t forget about the rocks. Before you take any sort of mowing or other machinery out on the space, you want to be sure that you’ve cleared all of the rocks out of the way which could cause extensive damage to your equipment.
Also, if you live in Davidson County, remember that you can’t burn what you clear as open burning is not allowed.
Of course, to make sure that your land is cleared properly, it’s always best to consult with a professional to ensure that your land will be usable for years to come. We can help you with this.