Land Clearing

img-land-clearingIn some cases our client may require a large block to be cleared for a new building or several acres of bush land for major developments or fire trails. This will often require a combination of climbing and dismantling certain trees around the boundaries and then clear felling the remainder. However, in order to process the material as efficiently as possible we will often use much larger machinery, some of which includes:

  • Beast Recycler – This is a huge mobile horizontal grinder with a conveyor belt that feeds several large trees at once into an opening 2 meters wide and can process up 150 cubic meters of mulch an hour.
  • Excavators and Bobcats – These 20 ton excavators are fixed with grapples to pick up whole trees for stacking and processing, whilst the bobcats can clean up the remaining.
  • Forest Mowers – Like the name suggests these machines can quickly mow down small trees and scrub, mulching them up, without damaging the roots of the larger tress around if necessary, and leaving a parkland within a few hours.

Obviously this machinery is only for large scale land clearing since they require transportation costs and if the area involves only 10- 30 trees for example we will often be able to process this with a standard 18inch Vermeer chipper and winch set-up.

What is Land Clearing? 

Land clearing is the tree removal process done on a larger scale to remove vegetation from larger areas of land prior to development works, for safety reasons or for fire hazard reduction reasons. Depending on the reasons for removal of the vegetation it can involve removal of the larger trees leaving the smaller understorey vegetation (i.e. for tree removal for safety reasons), leaving the larger trees and removing the smaller vegetation (i.e. for fire mitigation purposes) or removal of everything back to bare ground ready for a new development. 

What are the benefits of land clearing ? 

Land clearing of sites can be done for a whole range of reasons as listed below: 

  1. Usability of Land – Often sites not only need tree removal and stump grinding to enable development of the site for housing or new roads and infrastructure but there is often lots of smaller understorey vegetation that needs to be removed as well. Tree removal prior to development works allows earth moving equipment to then change the grade and slope of the site as required for the construction works.
  2. Removal of environmental weeds – Some trees and vegetation are classed as environmental weeds due to their invasive abilities that prevents local endemic tree species and vegetation from growing on a site. Land clearing and tree removal of weed species can then enable the owner to return the land back to its original state by re-vegetating the site with native tree species and plants that are beneficial to the local flora and fauna.
  3. Safety reasons – Tree removal may be required if trees are dead, diseased or decayed to a point where they pose a significant risk to the surrounding property and persons. For risk mitigation reasons these trees will need to be removed and stumps removed.
  4. Fire hazard Reduction – Much of the Sydney land clearing works involve tree removal services predominantly to ensure there is a buffer zone between a property and the surrounding bush land to reduce the risk posed by bush fires. This is why the 10/50 bush fire tree removal laws were implemented by NSW in 2014. This allows the clearance of all large canopy trees within 10m of a residence and all smaller understorey vegetation back to 50m in bush fire prone regions of Sydney and NSW.
  5. Enhancing Land Value – Trees and vegetation of limited amenity value can reduce the value of land that is being sold for development since it adds additional cost to new buyers and if its covered in lots of weeds its difficult for potential buying to see the whole site. Tree removal of low retention value trees and vegetation will therefore increase the value of the land for new developments. 

What land clearing services and tree removal equipment do we provide?  

We provide Sydney land clearing services to remove trees and vegetation from all sizes of property, from large acreage sites proposed for new housing right down to small individual lot clearing for a single residence. The process can involve tree removal of just certain individual trees or all vegetation on site including all small understory trees. This will also involve all tree stump removal from the site. The process by which the tree removal for land clearing is carried out will depend on the site conditions and complications that will enable machinery access as well as how much of the site vegetation is to be cleared. In many cases it will involve a combination of tree removals using manual rigging techniques and clear felling of trees as well as the use of cranes to help with larger tree removal and removal of large diameter timber from site. In cases where the land clearing involves larger sites we will then use larger machinery than would normally be used by a regular tree removal crew. This is not only done for efficiency reasons but it is also often safer to use forest machinery designed exactly for this purpose. 

The Sydney tree removal and land clearing machinery we use on larger sites would include:

  • Bandit Beast Recycler – This is a huge mobile horizontal grinder with a conveyor belt that feeds several large trees at once into an opening 2 meters wide and can process up 150 cubic meters of mulch an hour.
  • Excavators and Bobcats – These 20 ton excavators are fixed with grapples to pick up whole trees for stacking and processing, whilst the bobcats can clean up the remaining.
  • Forest Mowers – Like the name suggests these machines can quickly mow down small trees and scrub, mulching them up, without damaging the roots of the larger trees around if necessary, and leaving a parkland within a few hours.

Obviously this machinery is only for large scale land clearing and tree removal services since they require transportation costs and if the area involves only 10- 30 trees for example we will often be able to process this with a standard 18inch Vermeer chipper and winch set-up. We may also use cranes to help with this tree removal process if the site has more access or steeply sloped since this greatly improves the efficiency and reduces the land clearing cost.