This week, a former customer from 2016 with property in Lincoln, Texas called us about doing some more mesquite removal. Going back allowed us to take some pretty cool 1-year-after photos of the property’s recovery progress.
This particular clearing project involved a 3-step process which started with grubbing mesquite trees using our Komatsu excavator with patented “Grubber” attachment AND our Komatsu skid loader with patented “Root-N-All” attachment. Both attachments were created to remove the entire taproot of a mesquite tree which is really the only practical and 100% surefire way to prevent the mesquite tree from growing back. (Unlike cedar trees, mulching a mesquite tree down to ground level only makes it angry and it will return with a vengeance!)
We use the big Komatsu “Grubber” to handle the medium-to-large mesquite trees while the skid loader with “Root-N-All” is best suited for removing small mesquites. Both are created to be able to “back-fill” the hole created from the removal of the root with minimal soil disturbance. Remember: Cedar Eaters of Texas is the industry leader in environmentally-friendly land restoration!
After we grubbed all the mesquite (and a few cedar) trees from the ground, we used a technique called “wind-rowing” the piles. By laying the piles out in a long line, typically narrower than 8-feet wide, we can make it easier for the mulching machine to grind up the piled vegetation. The mistake many people make is creating huge, towering piles of cut brush that are nearly impossible for the mulching machine to reach the bottom of. Also problematic with large, disorganized piles is the chance for hidden debris (including rocks or old fencing wire) to damage the machine’s cutting head or at the very least, wear down the machine’s “teeth.”
After the piles had been wind-rowed, the final step involved mulching the piles we had created using our Cedar Eater™ mulching machine, a Tiger Cat tractor with 8-foot wide Fecon cutting head. The mulcher made short work of the carefully wind-rowed piles, leaving a layer of mulch spread out on the ground. This mulch is good for the land much like mulch in a garden bed! Naturally, the layer of mulch prevents soil erosion; but also helps seal in moisture and nutrients to facilitate the growth of native grasses, which can be choked out by mesquite or cedar infestation.
If you’re interested in turning your mesquite or cedar wasteland into a grassy oasis, contact us today to schedule your free estimate. Call toll free 877-404-8141 or email email@example.com!
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The 37th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show is this weekend at the Alamodome!
If you don’t have plans for the weekend, make time to attend the 37th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show at the Alamodome, located at 100 Montana St in San Antonio. This year’s theme is “Get Your Projects Solved” with special guests Anthony Carrino & John Colaneri, stars of HGTV’s “Kitchen Cousins”, as well as Ahmed Hassan, Celebrity Landscaper as seen on DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers.”
The show will feature hundreds of exhibitors, including nurseries, landscapers, home improvement companies (that sell decks, pools, cabinets, flooring etc.), retail clothing and jewelry stores, and of course, yours truly–Cedar Eaters of Texas at booth #324, offering land restoration services such as cedar mulching, mesquite grubbing and hand crew cutting and chipping. Visit us to schedule a free estimate! We are also giving away 2 free VIP passes to the show (drawing to be held Friday at 2pm). To enter the drawing simply “Like” our Facebook page.
Bring your kids to this family-friendly exhibition–you’ll definitely find things for them to see and do! There will be activities offered by several exhibitors, including Home Depot’s Kid’s Workshops, Cupcake-decorating by Cosmic Cakery, story time by Usborne Books and even art classes by Whimsy Art Studio! What a great way to spend a weekend with your kiddos.
The show will be held February 24-26th, show times are Friday 2:00-7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-7:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm. We hope to see y’all there!
Visit the 37th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show website for more info.
Cedar Eaters is offering a Memorial Day SALE – $500 OFF mulching services per day. Customers must mention Promo Code: REDWHITEBLUE in their phone call or email inquiry. Offer ends Wednesday, June 1st. For more info. or to schedule an estimate, call 210-745-2743 now!
This is still one of our favorite testimonials. Mr. Waggoner understood that folks want to buy lots that are already cleared. They will even pay more to save themselves the time and stress.
We work with several developers as their “go-to” company for clearing property the environmentally-friendly way. Developers, CALL TODAY to learn how you can partner with Cedar Eaters and get your land ready to SELL. 210-745-2743.
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Did you know that you may be eligible for a Wildlife Management Tax Valuation (aka “Wildlife Exemption”) if you currently have a 1-d-1 Agricultural Valuation in the State of Texas? But, in order to be approved, it is highly recommended (and in many cases, required) that a Texas landowner prepare a wildlife management plan either on their own or with the help of a master-level biologist at a company like Plateau Land & Wildlife Management. Cedar Eaters of Texas has been working alongside Plateau for many years, helping landowners comply with their annual wildlife management requirements, mainly in the area of “Habitat Control.”
Brush Management, a sub-category of “Habitat Control”, is the removal of woody plants and can be achieved via various mechanical methods including: mulching, grubbing, hand-cutting and chipping, shearing, etc. and Cedar Eaters is equipped to implement any of those methods. Brush management is just one of the many wildlife management practices that fall within the 7 Main Wildlife Management Activities:
- Habitat Control
- Erosion Control
- Predator Control
- Providing Supplemental Supplies of Water
- Providing Supplemental Supplies of Food
- Providing Shelter
- Making Census Counts to Determine Population
Landowners must implement one management practice from 3 of the above 7 categories annually in order to meet the state requirements to maintain a wildlife exemption. A good plan will implement more than just the bare minimum and will include practices from each of the 7 activities. Wildlife management plans are like a land questionnaire and ask for info. such as: “Past History of Land Use and Wildlife”; “Current Habitat Description” and questions like, “Is your property leased for hunting?” and, “Is the acreage under high fence?”
Another practice that falls under the “Habitat Control” category is “Prescribed Control of Native, Exotic and Feral Species.” On the one hand, it can be population control of destructive animal species like feral hogs but it can also be the removal of invasive and/or exotic plant species which have a negative impact on native habitants of the land. A few examples of this kind of plant life would be mesquite, huisache, yaupon, salt cedar and Texas persimmon. Cedar Eaters has patented 2 attachments that are revolutionary in the removal of invasive species. For larger invasive species, Cedar Eaters utilizes their excavator with patented grubbing attachment–“The Grubber”. For smaller invasives, Cedar Eaters has a patented attachment called the “Root-N-All” which fits on a skid steer. Both attachments pull the invasive species out of the ground, root and all, making it impossible for the tree to regrow.
If you have an existing Wildlife Exemption and need help implementing some of the practices within the “Habitat Control” Category, give Cedar Eaters a call at 210-745-2743. We are familiar with the brush management and invasive species control requirements and our job supervisors can help you devise a plan for meeting your annual requirements. If you need to apply for a Wildlife Tax Valuation, call Plateau Land & Wildlife Management at 888-289-9409 and they can help you get the ball rolling.
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Water. Everyone needs it. And the good news is, everyone that owns land has the potential to increase their land’s underground water supply through cedar mulching.
Here’s the low-down:
We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but the Hill Country is covered in cedar trees (aka “Ashe Juniper” trees). The problem with cedar trees is that they’re very good at being trees–TOO GOOD. Cedar trees have the ability to guzzle down upwards of 100 gallons of water per day with their elaborate root systems and, as a result, cause neighboring trees (like oaks) to essentially, die of thirst. Cedar trees can survive in very dry conditions and prefer to make their homes in rocky soil like the limestone-rich soil we have in the Texas Hill Country. Their dense canopies are so good at collecting rainwater, that hardly a drop can actually make it through their leaves to land on the ground and recharge the aquifers. Native plants, especially native grasses, cannot get the water they need from the ground in those kinds of conditions. What’s so important about native grasses? Well, besides holding the soil in place and preventing erosion–they actually improve the quality of water in our aquifers by filtering rainwater as it moves from the surface of the soil through its roots and into the ground. PLUS, it’s an important food source for wildlife and cattle.
Removing cedar tree infestations does not only increase the amount of water hitting the ground and staying in the ground; but, specifically mulching cedar trees (as opposed to other forms of cedar removal) helps increase water levels even more. How is that? Well, the layer of cedar mulch seals in moisture and prevents it from being able to evaporate into the atmosphere, leaving all of that groundwater in the, well…ground. That way, quality hardwood trees like oaks can get the water they need to thrive. Native grasses can rebuild their populations, improving water quality and soil retention. Over time, landowners will see a rise in the level of their streams and ponds, as their drainage basins (sometimes referred to as watersheds and defined loosely as the area that drains into an underground water source) are able to recharge themselves in a natural and healthy way.
See? There’s science behind this cedar removal stuff. It really works. Call us today to see how you can help increase groundwater levels on your property and recharge the aquifers that everyone needs to live.
Read more about Cedar Mulching HERE.
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The flooding in Texas over Memorial Day weekend (and since) has been record-breaking stuff. May was the wettest month in Texas in recorded history. Not only did the flooding make history, it also uncovered history that had been buried in sediment in the Blanco River–dinosaur tracks!
Paluxysaurus Jonesi Tracks crossing the Blanco River near Blanco, Texas
Tracks of the Texas State Dinosaur–Paluxysaurus Jonesi–can be seen in several areas crossing the Blanco River near Trainer Rd. The Paluxysaurus, at its biggest, weighed up to 20 tons and was 70 feet long. (That’s more than three times the size of the largest African Elephant!) Granted, some of the dinosaur tracks presently visible were visible before (to some extent); however, they are more clearly visible now and some of the tracks are said to be visible for the first time.
The dinosaur tracks were noticed by AmaTerra archeologist, Joel Butler, while reviewing photographs that had been taken by USGS, documenting flood damage along the length of the Blanco River in Hays, Blanco and Comal Counties.
Read more about the discovery HERE on the AmaTerra website.
And if you’re into Geo-caching, there’s a virtual “Earth Cache” of these tracks (complete with a map) HERE.
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The barn office is located on nearly 2 acres in Bergheim, Texas…just a couple of miles North of the intersection of FM 3351 and Hwy 46. Directly across from us is Cordillera Ranch and the Guadalupe River is less than 2 miles from our gate. Built in 2007, it’s in great condition and is a wonderful location to headquarter a business. There’s an outdoor pavilion, a repair shop and a huge raised-bed garden!
Call 830-377-1358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. or to set up an appointment to view the property!
Do you need to clear a residential lot? Do you have a property that’s difficult to access with large machinery? No problem! We have hand crews for that. They’re extremely-skilled and FAST. Call 210-745-2743 or email email@example.com to get a FREE ESTIMATE today.
Why Hand Crews?
Oftentimes, we run into properties that are difficult to access with a large mulching machine or excavator. They may be small, residential lots with fences or neighboring homes that prevent our machines from being able to enter. Or they may be properties near creeks and rivers or on steep hillsides where our machines can’t reach. In the hill country, extremely rocky soil is another factor that can prevent our machines from being able to mulch vegetation to ground level.
Don’t worry. We have a solution.
Our hand crews are unbelievably effective at transforming properties–faster than you can imagine! They typically use chainsaws to cut cedar and underbrush, which can either be fed through a Chipper or laid out in a path for our mulching machines to obliterate. We can also leave the piles, if you choose, for wildlife habitat (common for those with wildlife tax exemptions) or to be burned at your leisure. (Although, we believe mulching is the best way to go because it preserves your land by preventing soil erosion and the evaporation of moisture. We digress.)
Our hand crew can work alone or in combination with our various machinery, including our tracked or wheeled skid steers, which can help them consolidate brush into large piles. If you have any questions about a potential hand crew job, please feel free to call and speak to one of our land clearing experts. There’s no job too big or too small for us at Cedar Eaters of Texas!