clearing this yard (picture)

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by bobbyg18, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. bobbyg18

    bobbyg18 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    im new to the business and have just started my own skid steer service this summer...i haven't done a job like this before but this job is a half mile away from my house and i'd like to get this job...I own a skid steer with bucket and small backhoe and grapple arm...i can rent any attachment i may need its just im not sure which is the best for this job...

    so a few questions for you guys

    1)what would you use to clear this yard of the bushes and weeds...(im guessing a brush cutter or brush hog?)

    2)how would you go about clearing this area?

    any input is appreciated...i will be meeting the homeowner tomorrow...
  2. MikeAtv

    MikeAtv LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    Are they wanting to kept the trees?If not, I would rent a Brushcutter.
  3. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    Are they clearing it for lawn preparation or just wanting to maintain what exists. If it is the later I would second the brush cutter. If your turinng it to lawn I would mow it, collect the grass (it will prevent adding any more vegatation to the soil than you already will have) and rototill it. If you would like you could grub the lot after mowing it. The finish will be nicer when your done due to the grass being out of the picture. However that will result in trucking unless they have a place to put it.
  4. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 734

    Brush mow,brush rake it, and grade it out!
  5. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    yeah, need a little more info, (skid steer capability / HP flow + desired outcome) but since tomorrow's soon...

    1) if you have big bucks and high flow, find a chopper (Magnum / timber axe) They leave 2-4" of stubble and the rest in shredded refuse

    2) Brush-hog will be a bit more of a 'hacker' and leave some chunks, but with the cool weather, you will need to do something with the big / long stuff, as it won't dry out and wither up.

    whatever you rent make sure it is sharp (fat chance, but worth a try)
  6. bobbyg18

    bobbyg18 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    turned out to be wetlands (i think) gets more swampy the further you get into the thick

    ....the prospective buyer says the real estate agent said it wasnt wetlands...i told him to double check and triple check...but a neighbor 3 houses down has his backyard all filled in...i approached them and they said it was like that when they bought the house 10 yrs ago and that it is definately wetlands in the prospective buyers yard...

    so what are the rules regarding wetlands and conservation land?...and how can you tell if it is?

    i now know i probably wont be doing the job...thanks anyways bg
  7. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 843

    If its wetlands you can't touch least around here. The state should be buying that land soon.:clapping:
  8. murray83

    murray83 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    yep,can't even go near that with a machine without a permit.

    can't even mow tall grass in a roadside ditch since your entering a water course,and if you think about it....DOT plowing snow into that ditch in winter is against the law,gotta love government screwing government.

    if i'm asked to look at a job and its near a ditch or stream i just walk away theres too much legal crap that comes along with water course laws.
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Walk away not worth the headaches you get the enviromental nuts on your back they will cause you nothing but a big pain in the ass.
  10. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 734

    Wetlands!!, NO WAY:walking: :walking:

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