When I first bought a new house, I realized that the front trees were a little overgrown. I was worried about a branch breaking in the wind and smashing into a window or the roof, and so I decided to invest in professional tree service. When the arborist came, he had more concerns than just a few overgrown branches. Apparently, a few of my trees had also developed serious pest infestations, and I was worried about what it might mean for their health. He carefully trimmed each tree to ward off disease, and within a few weeks, they were looking a lot better. This blog explains how a professional tree trimmer could help you, so that you aren't left with dying trees.
When you're planning a land clearing job, you'll need to be able to tell the contractors whether you want the whole property clearcut, whether you just want the brush cleared out, or whether you want something in between (such as clearing most of the land but leaving a few select trees).
Here are four examples of different applications that may require different levels of clearing for different parts of your property.
For a homesite, you'll need everything cleared out. You may mark out one or two trees you'd like to keep in the area, but the spot where you'll be constructing the house (and the space immediately around that) will need to be totally cleared. You shouldn't leave even one tree too close to the site; not only would the tree be inconvenient to build around, but it could damage your house later on by falling on it. Talk to your building contractor or land clearing expert about how to leave a tree near a homesite without causing problems.
2. Shaded backyard
If you'd like a shaded area in your future landscaped yard, you might want to choose a few nice specimen trees to provide plenty of shade. And you could walk around the property and decide if you like any of the shrubs in the undergrowth (such as a rhododendron that blooms particularly nicely) to keep. But other than that, the area of the property that you plan to use for landscaping will need to be mostly cleared out so you can install lawns and landscape beds.
3. Forest garden
One level up from a shady landscaped area is a forest garden. If you'd like to try your hand at growing a garden of ferns, mosses, and other plants that thrive in deep shade, you may want to pick a spot on your property for forest gardening. You can have just the underbrush and some of the small trees removed, leaving most of the trees (especially the larger trees) to provide a genuinely forested spot for gardening in. This strategy can produce a beautiful result, especially if you have lots of lovely old trees on your property.
4. Managed forest
If you'd like to transform a wooded area into a managed forest, you'll need to clear out some targeted parts of the vegetation while leaving others. This usage scenario would need the lightest level of clearing, which would really be more like thinning. You'd want to have undesirable underbrush removed, and mark unsound or otherwise problematic trees to thin out so the rest of the trees can grow straight and unblemished for the best quality wood products.
As you can see, you'll have to think about your specific plans for each part of your property before you schedule a land clearing job. Talk to your land clearing contractor about the different options available and how to decide which trees are healthy enough to save when clearing the land in question.