ann kat wrote:
Lot 2 available: wooded (hardwoods), some trees are mature, a foot or more in diameter, but a lot of very thin trees too (most trees are quite young), underneath them are just dry leaves, rolling terrain with a small area of grassy flat land near the road.
I would need to clear at least a couple of acres for pasture. How long would it take to convert the woods into pasture?
Would I need to pull out stamps, really?
I don't want to clear cut all and want to keep few bigger trees that look nice, but logging company would probably require clear cut if I want it done for free - ?
Realtor mentioned something about mulching.
Does bulldozing destroy the soil? I read about logging companies stripping topsoil.
And basically how long would it take to get pasture grass growing there and what's the fastest way?
Welcome to Permies!!
I would suggest choosing lot 2.
My reasons would be;
-Clearing areas for pasture would not be terribly hard. You can always do a section at a time, and than fence it as you go.
-Having growing forest around you is a great value, various materials to be had. Potential protection from wind. The trees will keep growing and become more usable over time. Whether for house heat or lumber making or hugulekulture , among other uses.
-In my opinion there would not need to be a need for a logging company to come in. Everything can happen slow and steady
- Leave the stumps in my opinion. They will just do there thing, trees/shrubs will grow out of them. Maybe removing stumps around your house perhaps.?
i am not 100% sure on the turn around time for the pasture. I imagine the goats would love eating in shrubby small tree land. Unless your goats are afraid of eating shrubs? and only want to eat grass? My goats love eating shrubs which are at head height. Completely stepping over any grass.
I would be hesitant to pursue the logging company route. From your description, the trees are small. It sounds like a small cordless electric chainsaw would do most of what you require.
I would love to be in your situation. My goats would love it how it is. The goats can clear the underbrush, than be moved and than you can come in and open up the area to allow more shrubs to grow.
anyways i need to go milk my goat.