Land Clearing in 7 Simple Steps

Land Clearing in 7 Simple Steps

Land clearing is one of our specialties at Kleenco Construction. We understand the importance of getting the job done right. After all, land clearing is so much more than just removing existing dirt, trees, and structures from a space. It also involves preparing the land for future use, using tests and compaction equipment to ensure the soil is firm, properly compacted, and ready for your project. We take care of properly disposing of cleared materials, getting permits, and just about anything else you could think of.

7 Steps to Successful Land Clearing

#1. Hire the Right Company for the Job

First and foremost, hire the right company to get the job done. Look for a team with experience clearing large scale projects for commercial development. We guarantee the success of your project moving forward by creating a detailed plan of action. Before we ever get started, we perform a risk and liability assessment to formulate the best method possible to complete the job. Plus, we test soil compaction and properly prep the new foundation. From excavation of concrete and asphalt, to natural foliage or a hill that needs to be leveled, we have the tools and experience to get the job done right.

#2. Find Out if Your Project Needs Permits

There are a variety of reasons you may need to get a permit to clear land. Sometimes it has to do with protected vegetation or prevention of soil erosion. Your local land planning agency will know if you need permits for the job. Let us worry about the permitting, it’s one of our many areas of expertise.

#3. Take Down Existing Structures

Concrete, asphalt, an old building or shed—the first course of action is to remove any buildings, structures, or surfaces on the land. It’s important to properly remove and dispose of all debris. 

#4. Remove Rocks, Shrubs, and Vegetation   

Next, it’s time to remove trees, fallen limbs, bushes, and any other vegetation or natural debris that litter the land.  If there are certain trees, or other vegetation, that you’d like to keep intact on the land, use colorful markers so that it’s obvious they need to stay behind. Consider adding a small portable fence around the trunk of a tree or a shrub for added protection.

#5. Clear Away Trees

Trees that are still standing will need to be carefully cut down and removed. Felled trees may be hauled away, cut into firewood for future use, or made into mulch via a skid steer machine.

#6. Clear Away Brush

Now it’s time to remove any existing brush from the area. There are a variety of measures that can be used to accomplish this.

#7. Grade the Area

It’s important to make the land useable again by filling in any holes that have been made throughout the clearing process. Holes are commonly created by removing trees, large plants, or a structure. Next, the soil needs to be graded and compacted. More soil may need to be added to create a level and sturdy foundation for your project. To reduce the risk of soil erosion, do not plow wet or hilly land. Instead, plant native vegetation to help ease soil erosion. 

How Much Does Commercial Land Clearing Cost?

The cost to clear land varies based upon the materials that need to be removed, total acreage, and how tightly packed the land is. For instance, a heavily forested plot of land is more work (and money) to clear than land with a couple trees and a lot of brush. Wondering how much your project will cost? Contact us today to get a quote.