Clearing 100 acres in Florida cost

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by getdown, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. getdown

    getdown LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey everyone. My parents are looking at buying a piece of land some of it is wet some dry. Probably between 40-50% has cypress, Brazilian pepper, saw palmetto or some other brush that we want to remove. Obviously without seeing the land itself you are guesstimating but how much do you think this will ballpark cost? Also, if we were to try and do it ourselves what would we just rent tractors? Thanks!
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  2. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
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    $3-5,000. just depending on how thick it is.
     
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I hope you mean $3k-$5k/acre.
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  4. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
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    cypress...what do you mean? knots or trees you want removed? oh good god that'll take a minute. to just bush hog the thick stuff, not remove the cypress, id charge $3-5000.
     
  5. getdown

    getdown LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
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    Sorry not much cypress actually more scrub like holly, myrtle, scrub oak etc. so you would charge $5000 for the full job, or what?
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  6. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
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    you want all that stuff removed, or just bush hogged? thats a bush hog price. if you want all that stuff actually removed, it would be waaaaaaaaaay more. definately in the 6 digits. but that wouldnt be something i would be interested in. all i have is one tractor with a bush hog, finish mower, box blade, and harrow discs. I would just bush hog it, myself.

    there are so many variables though. do you want all the crap thatll be dragged out, piled up into a mountain, or do you want it hauled off? it would take countless dump truck loads, and hefty fees by the landfill, and so much time. you'd have to have a crew of guys out there with backhoes, excavators, definately some bat wing mowers, dump trucks. it sounds like a huge job.
     
  7. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Holy crap. 100/acres bushogged for $5k. So glad our prices in louisiana dont suck that low. Even for plain bushhogging i would be in the $10k range.
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  8. getdown

    getdown LawnSite Senior Member
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    It all needs to be removed from the ground yes. Not just bush hogged. But we are going to just let it be piled up on the land for burning. What would this cost roughly? I apologize for not being clear. It's not just bush hogging. We want to remove all the small brush and palmettos etc. only about fifty percent of the land is covered the rest is just overgrown pasture (can be bush hogged). The other areas are just "medium density" Florida scrub
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  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pictures might help.

    And not knowing mulch about brush removal in FL, if someone offered to do it for $3-5K, I'd sign with them right away.
     
  10. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
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    if you get me lots and lots of pictures, i can come and bush hog it for you, but nothing else. not guaranteeing $5,000 though, id just have to see it. im about 5 hrs away, id make the drive for that and stay the night in a hotel, as it would take like 4 or 5 days. maybe even less if I can get one of my buddies to get his tractor too. PM me if you want me to do it.
     

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