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Old 06-15-2018, 03:36 PM   #1
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I read a little about forest mulching and wonder if anyone has experience with it. My back yard is rich in all kinds of wild shrubs, grasses, weeds, and trees that I have to keep pulling up as seedlings. Apparently, the machine chops and churns everything up, leaving a nice clean carpet of mulch. It only lasts six months or so before things pop again, but it might be nice to start over. Thank you from Florida.
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Depending on the size of your yard you could do that with a portable rototiller, one mounted on a tractor or, if large enough, have a local farmer disc it. You are correct that it likely won't last.
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Post a picture of what your trying to deal with.
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I just had a forestry mulcher at our hunting camp to widen trails. Amazing machine and more amazing results.
Took some video but the size of the file won't let me attach it here but a pic of the machine is below. Mulcher ended up working ten hours at $130 per hour.

I showed my doctor the video I took of the mulcher in action and he actually hired the guy to take out a small patch of bamboo. He said it took minuets.

If you have a good operator in your area for hire, well worth it. They can mulch the material as fine as you want.
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I couldn't get the whole area in one pic, so I took it from three different views; I'd say it's about 400 sq. feet total. Bleeding Hearts are dominating the space (the pic with the shortest plants), and I wouldn't mind leaving them for ground cover but they spread over the bad stuff that needs weeding out, and it's scary wading through them not knowing what nests or life reside beneath.




True or false: The chunkier the mulch, the longer it would take for the growth to begin.


I might be too dainty to operate a tiller, but I will find a picture. The mulching machine I saw a picture of somewhere looked different that the one you posted. Maybe there are different sizes for different jobs?


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True or false: The chunkier the mulch, the longer it would take for the growth to begin

It has more to do with how thick the mulch is laid. Smaller mulch will pack a little denser but thicker mulch usually lasts longer .... but the main thing is how thick it is.
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Way to small an area for that big a machine.
My DR Field and brush mower would go through that as easy as mowing a lawn.
Home Depot in my area rents them, different brand, but does the same job.
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DR Field and Brush mower? Sounds better, but it'd have to dig down deep enough to uproot small trees, as the mulcher claims to do.
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If you want to get to the roots out, hire the mulcher. The one I hired even ground tree stumps and could take down a 14 inch tree.
The Dr. that I referred him to wanted to get rid of a bamboo patch , roots and all. That is why he hired him for such a small job.
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