Forestry mulching is used in the right-of-way clearing and maintenance for roads, highways, pipelines, and other utility lines. This process often requires complete removal of standing trees, stumps, and vegetation.
Some common invasive plant species in the Hill Country, such as cedar and mesquite, can invade and soak up a tremendous amount of ground water. Invasive plants need to be removed to reestablish the native habitat or to preserve the integrity of the land. Invasive insects such as cedar beetles can also devastate trees, leaving behind rotting trees with diminishing timber value that may become falling hazards.
Proper mulching methods can reduce stress on trees caused by overcrowding, making them less susceptible to attack from invasive species. Mulching invasive plants can control the spread of insects and destructive fungus. The mulching action tends to discharge the material downward and within a reasonably confined area, versus other methods that may laterally disperse pine beetles or other invasive species into neighboring healthy trees.
INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT
Forestry mulching has become popular among conservation organizations, government agencies, hunt clubs, and private land owners in attempts to maintain wildlife habitats. Especially if you have an agriculture exemption for your property, forestry mulching can be very beneficial for maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
Forestry mulchers and mowers are often used for removing underbrush and invasive species, such as cedar, in order to allow the rejuvenation of grasses and other food sources for wildlife.
Forestry mulchers and tree shears can be used to restore water source access that has been blocked due to tree and understory growth, allowing animals to access the water.
Mulching can remove invasive underbrush that prevents the growth of the grasses required by certain animals for shelter, breeding, and protecting themselves from extreme temperatures.
Forestry Mulching reduces the potential for wildfires by eliminating excess brush, dead trees, and other fuel sources. If left untreated, these fuel loads increase potential for intense brush fires that can quickly spread out of hand. Mulching can also be used to create a coarse grind finish that can create a more ideal controlled burn.
In addition to proactive elimination of vegetation to manage fire fuels, forestry mulching can be used to clear fire breaks on active fires. Larger forestry mulchers leave minimal cleanup requirements and can help reduce the overall costs of active fire mitigation.
Once a fire has been snuffed out, tracked forestry mulching machines, or an excavator with a mulching attachment can provide a top layer of mulch to prevent soil erosion on slopes and minimize water pollution.