Prickly Pear Cactus Removal

Prickly pear cactus (scientific name “Opuntia”) has long been a fixture in the Texas Hill Country landscape. A native to the area, it is the official plant symbol of Texas and has almost 60 varieties including the tasajillo (or “Christmas cactus”). It has edible pads called “nopales” or “nopalitos” in Spanish and edible fruits called “tuna” that usually ripen between July and September. It is a hardy species that can survive in very hot, dry climates including deserts. It’s very difficult to get rid of, as it can multiply in several ways.

Much like succulents, prickly pear cactus can re-root from just one stray pad left on the ground. They can regrow if all the pads are cut off but the crown or “base trunk”, a few inches below the soil surface, is left intact. The tuna are filled with seeds that can be spread far and wide by birds, deer and other animals.

Although it’s difficult to get rid of cactus—it’s not impossible. There are 2 main methods of removal, including chemical and mechanical removal. Chemical Removal is done through the use of pesticides—either fast-acting or slow-acting. Fast-acting pesticides will kill the cactus after about 1 year and are much safer than slow-acting pesticides that can take up to 2 years. Mechanical Removal can be done using various types of equipment including mulching machines, that grind up the cactus into, essentially, slush or slime. This is a quick fix that can be followed up with chemical application as backup. The other mechanical option is using our patented grubbing attachments to uproot the cactus plant and its base trunk from the soil. 

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Not All Cedar is Bad: Restoring the Natural Balance to Your Land

Did you know that not all cedar is bad? To many of you, this is blasphemy. But it’s true! As land stewards, it’s important to focus on maintaining the natural balance of the land; to look at the land from a holistic viewpoint. A common misconception in the Texas Hill Country is that cedar (Ashe Juniper) is an invasive species. That’s false.

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Water in the Hill Country: The Good and Bad News

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The bad news is that we, in the Texas Hill Country, are perpetually in a drought. Water is in short supply and as populations increase, the water supply will decrease more rapidly.

The good news is that everyone that owns the land has the potential to help increase the water supply.

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We are based in Kerr County near Comfort, TX, however, we provide land clearing services in all of the Texas Hill Country as well as North Texas, South Texas, and Central Texas. Below is a list of counties that we frequent.

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(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, Goliath 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)

Oklahoma Counties
(Comanche, Cotton, Grady, McClain, Stephens, Jefferson, Carter, Love, Murray, Pontotoc, Johnston, Marshall, Bryan, Atoka, Coal)

New Mexico Counties
(Union, Harding, San Miguel, Guadalupe, Quay, Curry, Roosevelt)

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.

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    6707 TX-27, Comfort, TX 78013
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    P.O. Box 196, Boerne, TX 78006

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