Soon it will be time to commence cleaning the farm again. In the first video below - ol 'Dad visits the hedgerow on the Princess '55. Then the other videos show what the brushmonster can do. Tim is faster at it now - these videos were shot when we first got this tool last year. Thought I'd throw one in using the Faver Grapple also.
For years I've cleaned hedgerows by hand. In 8h w/two men you can get about 150 down, stacked and on fire. Last year we cleaned 1,600 feet w/2 men in 4 hours. One in the machine and one with the chain saw for taking the big wild cherry and thorn apples down. The hedgerows were never gonna get cleaned the old-fashioned way. It was a solid farm investment.
Eugene wrote:What is the process after the brush is chopped? Herbicide to keep the roots/stumps from sprouting? Repeated brush hogging?
Eugene, we don't use any herbicides on our farm. For now, we mow much closer the the hedgerows, which kills the spread, thin the bigger trees for fire wood, and brush monster in the spring. Eventually, we'll have fencing that will permit the livestock to keep down the majority. In some places the hedgerows had spread 20'+ into the fields on either side. Continued mowing close to the stonewalls will kill that brush. Our 11' Rhino bat wing mower makes short work at the field edges.
Thanks. Just wondering since I am in the process of clearing unwanted brush and trees.
Currently using a herbicide called "Power Pellet" to kill honey locusts. Pellets are dropped on the ground inside the drip line. The number of pellets used on each tree depends on trunk diameter. Takes about 1 year to fully kill the tree down to the roots. Another year before most of the thorns have fallen off the tree and rotted.