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  • Mailing Address:

    P.O. Box 196
    Boerne, TX 78006

  • Physical Address:
    6707 Hwy 27
    Comfort, TX 78013
  • Phone Numbers:

    210-745-2743 Office
    210-745-2750 Fax
    877-404-8141 Toll Free

Frequently Asked Questions


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Q: How long does it take to clear an acre?

A: There are a lot of variations that must be considered when clearing a piece of property. To give you an exact time is nearly impossible sight unseen. Therefore, we typically like to set up a site visit with the land owner and one of our Cedar Eater® representatives. Some of the questions we typically ask are:

  • What’s the terrain like?
  • How dense is the vegetation?
  • Are there many oaks?
  • What trees do you want to save and what do you want to take out?
  • How finely do you want the material mulched?

These are just a few of the questions that we will ask and they all play a role in how long it takes to clear an acre.

Q: Do we sell mulch?

A: No, we do not sell mulch.

Q: How much does it cost to clear an acre?

A:  With the variations in density and terrain we can determine the type of equipment needed to best suit the clearing of your property.  Based on the combinations of equipment and resources the cost per acre will vary from job to job.

Q: Do we clear other types of vegetation?

A: Yes, don’t let the Cedar Eater® name fool you. We are not only concerned about cedar but also with mesquite, huisache, yaupon, and a variety of other vegetation that are viewed as water-wasting nuisances to Texans.

Q: Does the vegetation grow back after it has been mulched?

A: Blue berry cedar, which is typically found in the Texas Hill Country, will not grow back once the tree has been mulched down to ground level. However, mesquite, huisache, yaupon, and various other types of vegetation will grow back unless they are maintained by shredding or treated with herbicide. In parts of North Texas and on through the Panhandle there is a mixture of red berry and blue berry cedar before completely turning over into red berry cedar. The only difference between the two types of cedar is that red berry cedar will grow back from the roots. This is one of the primary reasons why we have the Grubber.

Q: Do we mulch piles?

A: Yes we mulch piles old and new. When dealing with piles it is important to call and set up a site visit with one of our representatives. Piles are difficult to gauge as there are many things that need to be taken into account:

  • Was the pile sheared?
  • Was the pile dozed?
  • Does the pile have large root balls?
  • Are there rocks in the pile?
  • Is there wire or metal debris in the pile?
  • How large are the piles?
  • Do they need to be pulled apart?

These are all questions that need to be answered as they help us decide what kind of equipment we need to mulch the piles efficiently.

Q: What do you do with the mulch after the work has been completed?

A: We prefer to leave the mulch on the ground after an area has been cleared. The mulch provides a protective layer during heavy rains to minimize soil erosion and holds moisture in the ground during extensive droughts. The moisture held within the mulch keeps the ground temperature much cooler thereby increasing the amount of valuable minerals needed to promote the new growth of native grasses. Also, cedar mulch is acidic and has the ability to break down the alkaline characteristics of limestone creating topsoil.

Q: Will grass grow through the mulch? If so, how long does it take for the grass to re-grow?

A: Yes, grass will grow through the mulch as long as the density of the mulch is not over 2 to 3 inches thick. You will have areas of mulch that are thicker than 2 to 3 inches when we are clearing very dense and large stands of cedar. You may also have thick areas of mulch in areas where the cleared vegetation has been piled. We do our best to spread the material out but sometimes there is no way around it. If it is too thick for your needs, then you may choose to have us come back and re-mulch it. This will promote a quicker decay of the mulched material.

Typically the grass will start growing back immediately after we have completed the work. However, it all depends on how much rain you receive and if the dormant native grass seed that is naturally on your property is abundant enough to return. If not, it may be wise to pick up some native grass seed from your local feed store and broadcast it after we have completed the work. To see proof of the re-growth of native grasses over time please visit our mulch page.

Q: How long does it take for the mulch to decay?

A: For many of us living in the Texas Hill Country there is an extensive stump record of cedar that can be seen today that proves that cedar was cleared long before many of us were even here. The mulch we leave behind will take several years to decay but it won’t take as long as those stumps. By mulching the vegetation down you are essentially speeding up the process for Mother Nature to break it down. If you look at the bigger picture, the mulch left behind will break down creating an abundance of healthy top soil which is something many of us do not have anymore. This is due to the many years of erosion created by using invasive land clearing techniques like dozing and chaining.

Q: Does it help if you re-mulch an area after a couple of years?

A: Re-mulching is a great idea especially if you are a repeat customer. It takes very little time and can help speed up the natural breakdown of the mulch in the thicker areas. We do not recommend it in areas that have already been mulched where the grasses are recovering nicely. However, we do recommend it in areas that were once very thick with cedar and now have a very dense mulch layer that have not allowed the native grasses to regenerate. In some cases it may be wise to broadcast a mixture of native grass seed after an area has been re-mulched.

Q: Why is the re-growth of Cedar considerably less when using the mulching method instead of dozing?

A: Unlike other methods, our machines do not disturb the ground. When we mulch the trees where they stand the berries will fall to the ground but because there is minimal ground disturbance the berries are not allowed to germinate. Also, most of the berries that do fall will remain in the mulch and the humidity within the mulch as well as other elements will break down the berries before they even touch the soil. Dozers must push or pile their brush and in doing so they aerate the soil along the way allowing the berries to germinate when they fall to the ground.

Q: Does the mulching machine work well in rocky areas?

A: This is one of the main reasons why we request a site visit. While our Cedar Eaters® are capable of working in moderately rocky areas it is difficult to mulch in areas with numerous large rock. However, please don’t count us out. Schedule a site visit with one of our representatives and we can determine if the vegetation is large enough to create a thick mulch bed that will allow us to work around the rocks. In areas where there is not enough vegetation or the vegetation is too small we can recommend several other options. First, we can cut the vegetation down with a hand crew and place the material in non rocky areas where the machine can mulch. Second, we have a skid steer with sheer and grapple that is capable of sheering the vegetation at the base and piling the material into burns piles or in win rows to be mulched at a later date. Third, we can use the grubber to pluck the cedars out of the ground and move them just as easily as the other two options.

Q: How do you work around dense oak motts?

A: When dealing with dense oaks motts we typically recommend our 200 HP Cedar Eater because of its unique range of motion. This machine is large enough to get the job done in a timely manner and small enough to move quickly around and under the oaks. However, there are many cases when the canopies of the oaks are too low and the mulching machine cannot operate without risking damage to the oaks. This is where we recommend the use of our hand crew and skid steer. Though they are not needed on all our jobs, the hand crew and skid steer play a vital role in achieving a park-like look and help to speed up the clearing process by moving the material into areas where the machine can mulch it.

Q: How does the clearing of vegetation affect wildlife? Is the clearing of cedar or any other vegetation good for wildlife?

A: Our methods of clearing vegetation are the most environmentally friendly in the business. We promote mulching because it returns the stolen nutrients back to the soil to help the local ecosystem recover from what was stolen. We DO NOT believe in clear cutting a property for two reasons – aesthetics and wildlife however in some cases it is necessary. The trick is to promote both what the client would like to see aesthetically out of their property while still allowing the native grasses to grow and preserve wildlife habitat. Our representatives can assist the land owners in designing a clearing plan that best suits the needs of each property.

Q: Why are cedar and mesquite trees perceived as a water wasting nuisance?

A: Both cedars and mesquites are very invasive on our water supply. Though both can consume a lot of water, they have different ways of retrieving it. Cedars are very good at catching the water before it hits the ground and mesquites are quite efficient at pulling the water out of the ground. These trees are non-native to the Texas Hill Country and surrounding areas, and due to the cattle industry they made their presence known sometime during the 1800’s. Both species can spread very quickly covering hundreds of acres in under a decade. Not only can these trees consume large amounts of water a day but their sheer numbers can cripple healthy grassland for livestock and local wildlife in the years to come if they are not managed.

Q: Why do we suggest the use of the Grubber when clearing mesquite?

A: We have mulched fields of mesquite in the past and if they are not maintained the mesquite will grow back. We were not happy with this result so we set out to find a solution that was cheaper and less invasive than dozing or root plowing. Unlike a dozer, the Grubber selectively neutralizes the mesquite by removing the taproot with minimal soil disturbance. This method allows you to keep the natural grasses already growing in your pasture and you will not lose valuable top soil like you would with a dozer. Since the Grubber removes the taproot in one move your cost is much lower than dozing and root plowing and you will have a higher rate of kill than by chemically spraying.

Q: Do we mulch oak trees that have been killed by oak wilt?

A: Yes, we mulch the infected, dead, or dying oaks. The cost to clear these trees is usually much higher than when we are dealing with cedar. This is mainly due to the variances of density in the oak wood as it is difficult to give a land owner an exact bid on how long it will take to mulch the infected trees. Some move fairly quickly due to holes in the tree or from the exposure to the elements. Others move slowly when the wood is dry and very dense. The hard wood also takes a toll on our machinery so the hourly rate is usually much higher to cover the cost of repair. These are all things we must take into account when we give you an estimate.

Q: When is the best time to clear oak trees that suffer from oak wilt?

A: The best time to remove the infected oaks is between late fall and early spring. The cooler weather allows our machines to not only be able to handle the harder wood but also helps aid in keeping the now inactive spores from spreading as they do during mid spring through summer into mid fall.

Q: What kind of steps do we take to prevent oak wilt?

A: We try to take every precaution necessary to keep from spreading oak wilt. Our hand crews paint the oaks we cut when we are working on a property that has the disease or when the disease is located nearby. Our operators clean off our machines daily to keep from transferring any contaminated debris. We also try to keep any and all infected trees separated from healthy oaks. If a land owner is still worried we will wash the machine using a mixture of bleach and water.

Q: Are we familiar with the NRCS?

A: Yes, Cedar Eaters® are familiar with the NRCS and we are an EQUIP approved contractor. If you have applied for governmental assistance in clearing your land then we can work closely with you and your local extension agent in devising a clearing plan. If you are not familiar with the NRCS you can learn more by visiting their website at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov .

Q: What size jobs do we do?

A: We work with land owners who own thousands of acres all the way down to those with one acre. Although our primary focus is on the private land owners, we also work closely with commercial contractors, municipalities, and governmental agencies. For many of our customers that own larger tracts of land we will develop a clearing plan that takes a course of several years and will work within their yearly budgets to meet their Wildlife and Ag Exemption needs. As for the smaller jobs, we do require an 8 hr minimum.

Q: Do we sell cedar posts?

A: No, we do not sell cedar posts.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

  • The Cedar Eater® is an amazing piece of equipment; we have reclaimed hundreds of acres including hill tops, bottom areas and open pasture land. Cedars are reduced to mulch with no damage to the ground. New grass has started to grow and the property looks 100% better. The Cedar Eater® is the only way to go!

    - Joe M.

  • The guys did an outstanding job. Not only did they work very hard, but they were also courteous and respectful. I will definitely recommend your company.

    - Marcus W.

  • I was out of town when your guy was here last week. My wife sent me a picture that showed he had taken out most of the cedar above our garden/orchard, something I hoped he would have time to do. When I got home yesterday, I was absolutely floored to see what he had accomplished in one day. It was beyond my wildest expectations.

    I'm a complete convert -- you guys are incredible. The quality and speed of your work is absolutely first-rate. Thanks.

    - Bill M.

  • Place looks great. The operator did a fine job in working with me to clear enough to open the view, but not to much to lose our privacy.

    Appreciate the work done.

    - Bob P.

  • I wanted to send you a letter to let you kow that you and the rest of the team at Cedar Eaters® have done a great job helping Southerland Communitites to be successful. Our communities are popular because of the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country and Your clearing work enhances it.

    Your company is different because you clear only what I ask and your crews take every effort to preserve and protect the mature trees that we want to save (including sealing any cuts on oak trees to prevent oak wilt).

    - Dan M.

  • Just wanted to say thanks for a job well done. Your workers did a good job and worked very hard to please. Will call when I'm ready to clear more.

    - Jan T.

  • Thank you for doing such a great job of removing the cedar from our ranch in Wimberley. You were wonderful to work with and the ranch is beautiful ~ almost park-like. We appreciate how quickly you moved through the ranch and how careful you were with our property and animals. Thank You!!!

    - Jeff & Kathie S.

  • We'd like to thank Rogelio and all the guys for the amazing work done on our lot. It was a huge amount of work and we are so pleased with our newly opened views! We will certainly recommend Cedar Eaters to anyone we know who needs lot clearing!

    - Kris S.

  • Wonderful job on my property at Cool Water Ranch near Fredericksburg, I took about 30 pics and will definitely anyone out there in the Hill Country who asks about it. It doesn't even look like the same cedar-overgrown land and I have more alternatives on positioning a house... a lesson for the developer--he could have probably gotten 30% more from me had he done it!! Thanks so much, it is amazing.

    - Kyle W.

  • I walked the property yesterday and it is absolutely beautiful. I didn't realize before what a gorgeous piece of property and beautiful trees I did have. Thank you so much for educating me on what Cedar trees can do to a property. I finally get it! Love love love the transformation. I can't wait to get to work and enhance its beauty even more. I have had lots of my neighbors come over to look and they were impressed.
    I am sure some of them have already called you or will be calling in the near future. Thank you for your expertise and your professional team and being right on target with the quote. I will definitely be calling you again in the near future. Thanks a Million.

    - LaQuita A.

  • Thank you all for a job SO well done. Roger accomplished far more than he promised, at a lower cost, and with very careful attention to exactly what we wanted to accomplish as well as what we wanted to avoid. He took time to make sure we understood each other, communicated clearly, did exactly what we discussed and left things far better than he found them. Wyatt and the hand crew were terrific, too. I'm so glad I found you and so truly grateful for the transformative work that was done.

    - Lynn B.

  • I would like to say thank you to Roger and his crew for the excellent work on my lot in Hunt. It looks terrific and is now ready for utility service to be run. I will recommend Cedar Eaters of Texas to others in the area working on similar projects.

    - Mark R.

  • My husband and I felt compelled to write a note letting you know how pleased we are with the service provided by Cedar Eaters® and in particular our representative, Rogelio (Roger) Hurtado. Roger was incredibly prompt, professional and conscientious with every aspect of the job. From starting the process on a Saturday dealing with a torrential down pour to final finished product he communicated frequently and treated the property as if it were his own.
    The crew on premesis was very accommodating as well. In fact, we have asked Roger to get us scheduled for a 3rd lot clearing hopefully sometime in June. Please feel free to share this email on Yelp or any other social media site you all use. I am copying our great real estate agents from Coldwell Banker should they have clients that need similar work done.

    - Mary and Clark M.

  • Thanks very much. We are pleased with the results and appreciate the cooperation we received from your employees. I can and will recommend your firm highly.

    - Paul H.

  • Thanks for all you and your team have done to remove a great deal of the cedars on our Wimberley Ranch. You were awesome to work with and the results amazing. We'll certainly be calling you again in the future. Thanks so much.

    - Jeff and Kathie S.

  • Please accept my best compliments to you, your organization and whoever the operator was. They did a fantastic job. Everything you promised was delivered upon. I want you to know how terrific the whole experience with you was. You guys are running a great organization. I only wish I had more notice because I have more work but wasn't prepared enough to outline additional roads. Will you please let me know the next time you are nearby? Thank you again.

    - Randy C.

  • Many thanks for the great job! We appreciate the professionalism of your crew.

    - Randy S.

  • I wanted to take this opportunity to give you our sincerest gratitude for the outstanding work that you, and your crew did on our property at Mystic Shores near Canyon Lake. For many years our visits to the lots that we and my wife's father, Mr. James Jacob own, have been a challenge just to move around, or under the many cedar trees that were growing there. We were also worried about the health of the trees that were being overtaken by cedars.

    Your crews working the chainsaws and the beautiful mulching machine have truly transformed the land into a great looking and easy to move around piece of property! We look forward to building on the lots when we can. The look on Dad's face was priceless! We will be sure to pass along the satisfaction we have with the results of your work with other owners of our subdivision. Once again thank you!

    - Richard T. and Kristen J.

  • Many thanks for a job well done - I'll let you know when we need your services again (and I'm sure we will!).

    - Rob V.

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful service, the young man that ran the machinery did a super job and represents your company in such a professional way. We highly recommend your company to anyone that needs land cleared.

    - The Daniels

  • I want to thank you all so much for your outstanding service. The results are beyond my wildest expectation. You guys are truly the “Michelangelo of the Hill Country”, shaping my cedar dumpsite into beautiful rolling hills.

    - Oliver K. M.

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.

(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)

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

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