Cedar Clearing

Mulching Benefits

NO Piles left behind
NO Stumps
NO Burning
NO Hauling
NO Soil Disturbance
Mulch promotes native grass growth!

Cedar Eaters of Texas has specialized in cedar and brush clearing in the Texas Hill Country for over a decade.  During that time our environmentally-friendly mulching machines have cleared thousands of acres throughout the entire State of Texas.  The mulching method has vastly become the “new norm” in liberating landowners from their cedar and brush problems, because of its minimal impact on the land.

Each of our “Cedar Eater” forestry mulchers are equipped with hydraulically-powered Fecon cutting heads that reduce trees and brush into beneficial mulch.  The cutting heads are 8 feet wide and they rotate at 1800 RPM, shredding any material into a variety of textures, from coarse to fine, interlocking as it falls.  The durability of these cutting heads is unmatched by the competition.  If there is a machine failure, the simplicity of repair usually results in very little down time.  In an industry where pace is everything, this makes it the best wood shredder known to do environmentally-friendly land clearing.

cedar-clear2All of the Cedar Eater mulching machines are rubber tired.  We do this to minimize the soil disruption.  These machines are fast and agile, giving our operators the ability to be selective with each tree they clear.  This ability to provide selective clearing, when combined with minimal soil disturbance, allows the landowner to retain more of their desirable native species like Live Oak, Post Oak, Red Oak, Pecan, Walnut, and Persimmon–just to name a few.

Mulch left behind provides a protective layer during heavy rains and holds moisture in the ground during extensive droughts.

The mulch left behind promotes native grass growth and can be driven on (by trucks and recreational vehicles) immediately after the mulching process is complete.  To discover more about the benefits of cedar and brush mulching, visit our MULCH page.

 

We primarily focus on cedar clearing in the Texas Hill Country because of cedar’s incredible ability to “gobble up” pasture land in this area. These trees are extremely drought-tolerant and can consume up to 33 gallons of water per day. It is estimated that 1 acre of Cedar can consume up to 50,000 gallons of water per year. They don’t just suck all this water from the ground though–they catch it from the air. Picture a cedar tree like an upside-down funnel: the innate structure of the tree pulls water down to the trunk. If you were to receive 1 inch of rain fall, only one quarter of an inch of that rain will actually hit the ground. The remaining 3/4 of an inch will remain suspended in the foliage (and the fibrous make up of the tree trunk) until it either evaporates or is consumed by the  tree. This is considerably different from most other trees, like hardwoods, that are designed to “shed” water at their drip line to ensure their roots receive the maximum amount of water.

“Mountain Cedar” (also known as Ashe-Juniper) and even Eastern Red Cedar can be controlled, however, with one simple step: simply cut all the evergreen flora off and the tree will die. This is NOT the case with all cedar. In Texas, we do have other species, like Salt Cedar and Red Berry Cedar, that can come back from the roots. These species are generally found in North & West Texas and we will typically recommend grubbing this vegetation out by the ROOT, using our patented grubbing attachments for excavators and skid steers.

Not all cedar is bad and we don’t necessarily recommend clear-cutting a property, unless it was historically cleared before becoming cedar-encroached. When working with large property owners, we look for areas that contain a vast amount of monoculture cedar and we focus our efforts on these spots first. For landowners with smaller acreages, the circumstances can be completely different.  This is why we urge you to meet with our professionals so that we can design a “brush clearing plan” that best suits your needs, while maintaining the natural balance on your property.

Estimated time to clear an acre varies according to:
density & terrain
Cedar & Brush clearing are crucial in retaining a healthy water supply for the future.
See WATER CONSERVATION for more info.
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GOT BRUSH PILES?

Our “Cedar Eater” mulching machines can quickly turn your brush piles into a beneficial layer of organic mulch. No matter how large or how small your brush piles are, our team is capable of guiding you to an environmentally-friendly solution.

Piles created by a dozer, in many cases, can contain rock, dirt, and other contaminants like old fence wire. If your piles are too large, or if they are full of contaminants, then we suggest pulling them apart before the mulching process can be completed.

MULCHING vs BURNING

Burning  old brush piles can be a daunting task. It takes a balancing act of timing and weather conditions. Once burned, you are left with unsightly burn scars where the ground has been sterilized due to the intense heat. These burn scars can take years to recover and typically become a breeding ground for invasive weeds.

Mulching old brush piles is expensive but the benefits far outweigh the costs. We can mulch brush piles year-round, even during extensive droughts. No more stress or sleepless nights worrying about a fire getting out of control. The organic mulch left behind helps to restore your land immediately and there are no ugly  burn scars to tend to.

Was your property destroyed by WILD FIRE? Contact Cedar Eaters today to get your property back on the road to recovery.
WILDFIRE CLEAN UP

The Cedar Eater team has worked all over the state aiding Texas landowners and governmental agencies in their wildfire recovery efforts. Our timber mulchers and hand crews have worked tirelessly with landowners in Bastrop,  Smithville, Junction, and Possum Kingdom clearing all types of burnt vegetation. In the event that your property suffers a loss  due to wildfire, we urge you to contact one of our professionals to see how we can aid in your land’s recovery. We will work hand-in-hand with private landowners, government officials, and insurance agencies to get their land back on the right track.

In 2011, we sent our hand crews up to Possum Kingdom to aid in Wildfire recovery efforts. We took hillsides that were completely burned and cut all the dead vegetation down creating silt dams to slow the massive amount of erosion that was occurring from rains after the wildfires.

WAS YOUR LAND DEVASTATED BY THE DROUGHT?
Mulch the dead vegetation on your land and accelerate the recovery process today.

Turn your cedar thicket into a refined woodland environment by selectively thinning brush with our hand crew and chipper.
ADD VALUE TO YOUR PROPERTY

Clearing your land of Cedar and other unwanted vegetation can significantly improve the value of your land. Cedar Eaters has  worked with thousands of property owners and land developers across the state in order to get their properties ready for the market. Whether it’s to enhance the beauty of your land or to protect your investment–Cedar Eaters can help.

TREE SHEARING

Cedar Eaters of Texas can also clear your land with tree shears. While this method can be considerably cheaper than our mulching machines (and less invasive than dozing), you will still be left with an abundance of disturbed ground and large brush piles to get rid off. We typically perform our tree shearing services when we are dealing with small vegetation on rocky ground.

 

 

Current Service Areas
We are based in Kendall County just north of San Antonio TX however we provide land clearing services through out the Texas Hill Country as well as North Texas, South Texas, and Central Texas. Our cedar & brush mulching services include but is not limited to the following counties.
(Austin County, Atascosa County, Bexar County, Bandera County, Blanco County, Burnet County, Bell County, Bosque County, Brown County, Bastrop County, Burleson County, Brazos County, Brooks County, Bee County, Comal County, Caldwell County, Colorado County, Coryell County, Comanche County, Coleman County, Concho County, Callahan County, Coke County, Crockett County, Dimmit County, Duval County, Dewitt County, Denton County, Collin County, Edwards County, Erath County, Eastland County, Ellis County, Frio County, Fayette County, Falls County, Freestone County, Gillespie County, Guadalupe County, Goliad County, Gonzales County, Grimes County, Hidalgo County, Hays County, Hood County, Hill County, Hamilton County, Irion County, Jim Hogg County, Jim Wells County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Jack County, Jones County, Kleberg County, Kendall County, Kerr County, Kinney County, Karnes County, Kimble County, La Salle County, Live Oak County, Lavaca County, Llano County, Lee County, Lampasas County, Limestone County, Maverick County, McMullen County, Medina County, Menard County, Mason County, McCulloch County, Mills County, McLennan County, Milam County, Palo Pinto County, Parker County, Real County, Refugio County, Runnels County, Starr County, San Patricio County, Sutton County, Schleicher County, San Saba County, Somervell County, Stephens County, Shackelford County, Travis County, Tom Green County, Taylor County, Throckmorton County, Val Verde County, Victoria County, Wilson County, Wharton County, Washington County, Williamson County, Wise County, Young County, Zapata County)
We will travel anywhere if the job is large enough. If you have a small job we will typically nest small jobs together in order to cover as much ground as possible within our current service area.