So you took the leap and bought some raw land. You may be feeling overwhelmed at the amount of work that you will have to do to develop the land into a homestead or a well-manicured acreage. It is more involved than just getting it mowed. It will mean removing trees, cutting back shrubs, and yes, mowing.
If you have the money to hire a crew to clear and maintain your property on a regular basis, obviously you would not be looking at this post. However, if you are looking to physically put in the work, you can get a lot done with what you already have and a few rentals… here and there.
Here are some of the most basic tools that you are going to need to remove trees and undergrowth from your homestead or property.
Mini excavators are versatile tools when it comes to land clearing. They come with various attachments such as buckets, thumbs, mulching heads, etc. This machine is a great tool to possess when you have to move trees and earth. You can find an executor to rent to achieve your goals.
Chainsaws are versatile. They come in a variety of sizes. Some chainsaws are gas-powered, and some will be your most powerful and heavy saws. Additionally, some chainsaws are electrically powered, which means that you will have to be careful not to trip or cut the electric cords. On the other hand, some chainsaws are also battery-powered. Get the size chainsaw and chains to suit your needs. They can save you a lot of time and effort. You simply mark the trees that you would like to remove. You strategically fell those trees, so that it is easy for you to clear up afterward.
Chainsaws can be dangerous if they are not used properly. One way to help protect yourself when using chainsaws is by using a chainsaw safety chap. This material will protect the lower limbs of the body.
Safety should always be our first priority when working in the woods or disturbing trees. Dead limbs can fall and do serious damage. As trees fall, they may develop projectiles in the form of tree limbs, so cover your head and include adequate hearing protection when using chainsaws.
Tree-felling wedges are very useful to have, especially for larger trees. Tree-felling wedges will allow you to direct where trees fall when cutting. Also, they will help to prevent your sawblade from getting bound when cutting trees.
Tree pulling ropes are ropes that are designed with strength in mind. The most popular materials for making tree pulling ropes are polyester, nylon, and polypropylene. Polyester is the most commonly used rope for everyday uses because of its strength and cost advantages. The most popular pulling ropes are the ½ inch pulling ropes.
Tow straps can be used to wrap anchor points on the tree being pulled.
Rope pullers are tools that are designed to pull ropes. Rope pullers are similar to a come-along, but rope pullers use the tree pulling ropes to apply pulling forces. Rope pullers multiply the pulling force.
Sometimes trees may be in an undesirable location or position. In some of those instances, a throwing rope may be used to pull the tree in a more favorable position to the ground. Throwing ropes are made up of an extremely light rope. A weighted bag is attached at one end. The pulling rope is attached to one end of the tree pulling rope.
No homestead is complete without a set of pruning tools. These include pruning shears, lopping shears, pruning saws, etc. These tools are useful for removing limbs and shrubs when clearing land.
Are you ready to get some land to clear? Get outside, clear some land and improve it today. Improving land can be very rewarding. Make sure that you document your journey along the way. While you are at it, pick up some camera equipment to document your journey.