Brush on a piece of land can be removed with the use of chainsaws, larger excavators, and backhoes. The equipment used depends largely upon what needs to be cleared: rocks to large bushes. Or even trees in some instances. Clearing farmland requires much more time than clearing hiking trails because of the area that will need to have the brush cleared.
How much does brush removal cost?
The costs of brush removal will vary depending on the size and type of land to be cleared, your location, how you want it laid out, what contractor is hired for the job (larger companies may charge more), and local regulations.
Brush removal should cost anywhere from $1 to $3 per square foot, in most cases. At the same time, if you were to want to pay by the acre, then the costs will be somewhere around the $150 mark for simple cuts of light brush, to more than $2,200 for areas with excessive brush, vines, or trees. On average, you should be ready to spend around $250 to $800 per acre.
Companies might charge you by the hour to remove and dispose of your brush, for a fee that could range from $25 – $40 per person, with the usual team made of 2 to 3 people. And if it’s a bigger job, then you will also have to take into account the trips needed to take away all this excess waste, because those will be an added expense.
A thread on LawnSite.com reveals the true cost of brush cleaning, which can range from $150 to upwards of $5,000 per acre depending on what you want to be done and how much brush needs removing.
Brush removal details
Clearing brush is not just a simple task. It can involve clearing out trees, vines, and other types of vegetation that cover the ground. Brush cutters are often used to rip through anything on top of the soil while backhoes or bulldozers may be necessary depending on how large this area will need to be cleared in order for you to get your desired results. Some jobs might also require the use of tree stump grinders, chainsaws, and/or other professional tools, depending on the complexity of the project.
When you need to get rid of brush in your yard, mulching is a simple and cost-effective way to do it. When done properly, the equipment can reduce tree branches into nutrient-rich chips that are great for fertilizing soil as well as avoiding large disposal fees.
Any additional expenses to consider?
Removing tree stumps can cost from $40-$80, depending on their sizes. Getting a permit before you start work is sometimes necessary, but usually shouldn’t exceed $150 in extra costs. Fence removal, trail creation, and accommodating special requests could increase the final cost for your project so be careful of what you agree to or accept upfront when hiring contractors.
The removal of debris can be a costly process. Depending on what is removed, you may have to pay for the company to haul it away. On average, each truckload ranges from $100-$500 depending on how much needs hauled out.
Important things to consider
The lumber industry is a money-maker. You can clear out your property and sell the timber to companies in need of wood or other construction materials.