The Key Steps In Land Clearing

Posted on: 12 April 2022

If you have a piece of overgrown, unused land, then you will want to have that land cleared before you can use it. There are land clearing companies that will do this for you. However, even if you're not clearing the land yourself, it is a good idea to be familiar with the steps the land clearing company will take. Here are those major steps.

1. Removing any buildings or structures.

Often, land that is overgrown was once used for something. There may be some old buildings, fences, or other structures left behind from those previous uses. The land clearing company will knock them down and get rid of them before they do much else. If there are any structures you want to be left up, you'll need to let them know.

2. Clearing trees.

The majority of the land clearing process consists of removing large trees. There are several methods the company can use to do this. Sometimes, they might cut the trees down and then grind the stumps. Other times, they may use heavy equipment to pull the trees out by the roots. This step can take several months for really large tracts of land.

3. Clearing brush.

Once the major trees are out of the way, your land clearing company will generally proceed by clearing the brush. They can do this with big brush hogs. These large, mower-like machines will take out anything from small trees to shrubs to overgrown grass. 

4. Leveling the land.

With the trees and brush gone, the land will still be quite uneven. There may be big holes left behind by uprooted trees, or there might be some big ruts from the heavy equipment used early in this process. Now, the company will focus on filling in those holes and then rolling the land out to smooth it.

5. Plowing the soil.

Depending on how you plan to use the land, you can elect to have the land clearing company plow the land after they're leveled it. If you just plan on using the land as a pasture or a building site, this may not be necessary. However, if you plan on planting the land, plowing is a wise service to opt for.

Now you should have a better idea of what professional land clearing entails. Talk to a land clearing company in your area to learn more about their specific process and policies.