J. Shapiro wrote:I have a hillside that's covered in 5-15 foot saplings that I'd like to clear. Whoever cut the timber on it before I bought the property just left it laying, so there are a fair amount of fallen hard- and softwoods to deal with as well. A local excavator quoted me $7-10K to clear it due to some sections being rather steep. I think his price is fair for the amount of work it would take him, but I'm hoping somebody has some experience with doing this in a cheaper and less industrial way, even if it takes a couple years.
I don't mind doing the labor of cutting and clearing/piling the saplings and dead wood myself, but I need a way to make sure they don't just all root sprout afterwards. Has anybody experimented with covering large sections of cleared forest with black plastic for a year or two?
Hit me with your ideas and experiences.