Nothing quite makes a mess of a property like a lot of overgrown brush and trees. This kind of growth is not only a terrible eyesore but it also uses up space and makes areas on your otherwise-expansive property non-functional. If you have areas of overgrowth such as this, then you need a solution that will allow you to get full enjoyment out of your property by clearing it out.
Settled in the southwestern part of Randolph County in Losantville, Indiana, Brandon Webb has opened Webb Land Solutions, a new-to-the-area concept in the field of forestry mulching. A 2001 Union High School graduate, Webb left Randolph County and went to college in Phoenix, Arizona for two years to attend a motorcycle mechanics trade school. Loving the country life, small town atmosphere and being an avid outdoors man, after graduating, Webb moved back to the family farm in 2003 where he lives with his wife Liane and their 2 children, Brody, 2 and Brynlei, 1.
Currently working at Progressrail in Muncie as a Test Engineer, Webb has opened his new business, Webb Land Solutions and is taking tree and brush removal to the next level. His business is taking the removal of trees and brush and making it a more advantageous experience for not only the landowner but also the environment and land itself. When asked why start this type of business in the area, Webb explained, “Its something new that a lot of people haven’t seen or heard of. I believe it will give people another option they can use instead of older means of clearing unwanted trees and under brush.”
Webb’s services are much more than cutting down trees and mulching up their remains. Webb’s extensive line of equipment and machinery includes a piece that is specific to forestry mulching. His equipment includes a 2019 New Holland 238 on tracks which has a couple different cutter heads, one is a barrel style mulcher and the other is a heavy duty rotary cutter both capable of handling 10’’ trees. What is forestry mulching one may ask?
“Traditional land clearing methods often present an increased risk of erosion by pushing over trees, uprooting the stump and roots and disturbing soils. In contrast, to my way of mulching the vegetation, leaves the soil structure intact. The mulched material can be left on the ground and will act as an erosion barrier while returning nutrients back into the soil through decomposition. Over time, grass will naturally grow through the mulch and can be maintained with mowing,” states Webb.
Are there many advantages to forestry mulching over the traditional? By processing trees and other vegetation where they stand, mulching machines eliminate many of the steps involved in land clearing such as site prep, cutting/felling/hauling, and site cleanup. This also eliminates the need for multiple machines such as a bulldozer accompanied by some combination of excavators, tree shears, wood chippers or grinders, and hauling equipment. On simpler jobs only one mulching machine is required, reducing fuel requirements and emissions. Some mulching machines even have the ability to operate on steep slopes and in small or tight areas, in poor ground conditions, and in wet or snowy weather. Mulching machines are capable of clearing land of unwanted trees and brush with limited disturbance to soils or desirable vegetation.
Webb’s machine takes approximately 10’’ trees and turns them into “mulch like” material. “There is minimal ground disturbance and minimal cleanup. “My equipment keeps soil in place therefore protecting various root systems of the natural ground cover, which significantly reduces erosion,” Webb explained.
His business is going places as well. Webb’s services have called him out of the area numerous times for work in various parts of Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Some of the work he has done is to cut fence lines back, invasive species removal for things like autumn olive, honeysuckle and locust trees. He has even cleared shooting lanes and food plots for hunting and cut trails through woods for recreational use. Need an area cleared around ponds and waterways? No problem, Webb’s experience and equipment allow for him to remove growth around these sometimes hard to maneuver areas.
One may think that this service is only for those who own farm ground or wooded areas; not true. Webb does work for businesses and residential entities by clearing areas for the construction of new homes, barns or other out buildings. Webb also provides hauling services as well. “If I’m not running my mulching equipment, I am hauling gravel, dirt, and sand or cutting in new driveways and installing stone.
While you could just continue to deal with the mess, now that you know the option of forestry mulching is out there, this just may be the time to do something about it. Whether you’ve lived with this mess for a long time or you’ve just purchased your property, getting it cleared up as soon as possible will get your land on track to vast improvements. It’s amazing how transformative forestry mulching can be. Spaces that were once completely unusable or a horrible eyesore are cleared swiftly and effectively.