As much as Erick and I wanted to clear our land ourselves, our busy schedules, and REALLY thick brush, wasn’t allowing us to. As soon as we would finish one section and start on another, it seemed like the first section was overgrown again and needing to be cut! Aaaah! To help speed things along and get our sanities (is that the plural of sanity??) back, we decided to hire a crew to lend a much needed helping hand.
When we were hunting around for the right people, we had a few desires that needed to be met. We wanted a service that was: 1) somewhat eco-friendly 2) willing to work around all the trees we wanted to keep 3) had a crew that could also trim and seal trees. Luckily, we found Lone Star Land Services.
Lone Star Land Services specializes in low-impact land clearing and actually works with a tree service, so they checked off all our boxes. By mulching instead of bulldozing, the ground is disturbed as little as possible, as are the root systems of surrounding trees, and the mulch goes back into the earth, benefiting the soil.
To kick things off, Erick and I roughly plotted where our future country cottage would be and then tied pink flags around all the plants and trees we wanted to keep. We had so many that we actually ended up running out and telling the crew to use their best judgement. Haha! What can I say… We love our trees.
Though we kept so many, it looks so empty without all the brush! Not going to lie… I was a little sad watching it get cleared, but I’m happy we kept enough trees and plants for the animals to share. Probably the BIGGEST difference is that Erick and I can actually visualize our future house now. It was hard to do with all the brush in the way!
Below are some before and after pictures of our land with a few detail shots snuck in. (Can’t help it. They’re my fav!)
Erick and I are SO ready to sit on our porch and watch that beautiful sunset together. We can’t wait!
Overall, we thought Lone Star Land Services did a great job and we would recommend them for anyone needing land clearing services. There was a small miscommunication in the mix of it all, but it was settled quickly and they worked extremely quickly and efficiently! (Most of the work was done in ONE DAY. Yes, nearly 5 acres was cleared to the ground in one day.)
Have any of you been through building a house? What tips do you have? Please share!
Until next time, wishing you all beautiful sunsets. <3