Land clearing often focuses on cedar because of its unique ability to cover pastureland in a short time, causing an ecosystem imbalance as well as potential habitat problems. Other tree species are unable to compete with cedars for water. Cedars can also lead to forage decline because there is not enough light penetration for native grasses to grow. Cedar trees are extremely drought tolerant and it is estimated that 1 acre of trees will consume over 50,000 gallons of water per year at a rate of 33 gallons of water per day. This is an especially important number when you consider the drought-prone areas of West Texas and the Texas Hill Country. Cedar can be considered a native plant, but removing trees where they would not normally exist or in unnaturally high densities will benefit the native flora and fauna of your property.
Forestry mulching is an efficient method of land clearing that uses one or more machines to cut, grind, and clear unwanted vegetation and saplings, leaving behind a shredded blanket of mulch. This mulch provides a protective layer of organic material which will enrich and fertilize the soil. It also acts as a protective barrier that will stabilize the ground against erosion and encourage native plant growth. Because forestry mulching eliminates the need for multiple machines, as well as the cost of hauling away debris, it is also faster and less expensive that other clearing methods.
Undergrowth can give your property an undesirable look and prevent other plant types from flourishing, leaving them vulnerable to infestation from insects and fungi. It can also raise the risk of spreading wildfires or restrict access to some areas. Removing underbrush will increase visual appeal, make your property more accessible, and cultivate healthy, desirable vegetation.
Root Ball Removal
After clearing a site for building, it is necessary to completely remove leftover stumps and root balls before laying a foundation. Stumps that are merely ground flat will leave organic material in the soil, which will decay, causing concrete slabs to settle and crack. Our specialized machinery can grub out not only the stump but the entire root system, ensuring the integrity of any future structures.
Land management involves the usage and development of land resources to achieve a desired outcome—the “how” of land use. This can involve erosion prevention, water conservation, crop or grazing rotation to preserve soil nutrients, and wildlife habitat protection. Being a Texas landowner comes with responsibility for stewardship of both your own property's unique natural features and those of the surrounding region. WMD can take your land beyond just a financial asset and help you build a legacy.