At Morgan Tree and Debris, our tree services and land clearing services also includes forestry mulching. This involves a land clearing method that uses a single machine to cut, grind, and clear vegetative growth. The unit uses a rotary drum equipped with a steel chipper “teeth” to remove and shred trees, brush and heavy vegetation. The mulch is simultaneously distributed over the cutting area, reducing erosion and vegetative regrowth while leaving a natural, forest-like environment.
Forestry mulching is used for land clearing, right of way clearing and maintenance. wildfire prevention, overgrown and heavy brush management, invasive species control and wildlife conservation and restoration.
Mulching and land clearing at one time involved a lot of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes, stump grinders and would shippers. This large variety of machines increases the cost of land clearing. Additionally, these large-scale industrial machines consumed an enormous amount of diesel fuel in the process. While being expensive, they are also heavy. The use of these large scale machines disturbed the ground heavily.
Forestry mulching is also an excellent choice to prevent erosion control while maintaining a healthy wildlife habitat. Traditional land clearing methods increased the risk of erosion by pushing over trees, uprooting stumps and disturbing the soil. We offer a mulching solution that leaves the soil structure intact while clearing and mulching the unwanted undergrowth and vegetation.
Mulched material which is left on the ground after clearing, acts as an erosion barrier while returning nutrients back to the soil. Leaving the ground in a condition to grow grass which can then be maintained by regular mowing. Underbrush removal not only allows rejuvenation of grasses but is good for wildlife in providing access to food sources and water.
Benefits of Forestry Mulching
- Fast land clearing
- Reduces need for permits or special fencing
- Keeps the tree root in place to maintain soil structure
- No brush or tree piles to remove or burn
- Slows vegetative regrowth
- Controls erosion
- Maintains natural forest appeal
- Reduces the potential for wildfires
- Less labor-intensive
- Reduce stress on trees caused by crowding
ARE THERE LIMITATIONS ON THE TYPE OF LAND, THE TERRAIN OR SPECIFIC WEATHER CONDITIONS?
Not usually. Mulching units are uniquely suited for steep slopes, small spaces, and tight or narrow passages. The compact size coupled with a track system allows the machinery to work well in poor ground conditions as well as wet and rainy weather. No matter the season, forestry mulching can be performed year round.
WHY IS MULCHING ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERRED OVER TRADITIONAL LAND CLEARING TECHNIQUES?
With a thick layer of mulch spread over the cutting area, the topsoil layer is replenished as the mulch decomposes. When the tree root is kept in place, the basic structure of the soil is maintained leading to a reduction in soil erosion. In addition, the thick layer of mulch slows vegetative regrowth, further reducing maintenance costs. Forestry mulching also maintains the beautiful, natural look of a well maintained forest-like environment.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS BEST SERVED BY FORESTRY MULCHING?
Restoring and maintaining natural resources and conservation lands are vital to the survival of much of our native wildlife. Forestry mulching is the most cost effective, least invasive way to address conservation and restoration projects. Removing heavy brush, vegetative overgrowth and invasive plant and tree species allows the native grasses and plant life to return and thrive. Restoring accessibility to natural habitats with lush grasses, abundant plant life and clean water is the key to protecting our wildlife.
Forestry mulching is ideal for public and private land owners who want to maintain habitats for pheasants, doves and deer. Maintaining open spaces for the growth of food sources as well as clear access to shelter and water are essential to creating suitable habitats.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE AND WHAT IS REQUIRED?
Forestry mulching is the fastest, least expensive way to clear trees under 8” in diameter, heavy brush and vegetation. Depending on terrain as well as tree and brush density, a forestry mulcher can clear one to two acres in a single day. It is possible to transform unsightly, overgrown property in a single day and usually does not require a permit.
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