Our hand crews are unbelievably effective at transforming properties–faster than you can imagine! They use chainsaws to cut cedar and underbrush, which can either be fed through a wood chipper or laid out in a path for our mulching machines to shred. We can also leave the piles, if you choose, for wildlife habitat (common for those with wildlife tax exemptions), for terracing the land, or to be burned at your leisure. We believe mulching the cut vegetation is the best way to go because of the environmental benefits the mulch provides. The layer of mulch left behind preserves your land by preventing soil erosion. Moisture and nutrients are sealed in beneath the mulch, thereby helping native grasses and desirable hardwood trees to flourish.
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 our Office and speak to one of our experts today.
Oak wilt is a disease caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum that affects oak trees across the Hill Country. Although the disease typically spreads through root-to-root contact, it can (in rare cases) be spread by a type of beetle that carries fungal spores from an infected tree to other trees nearby. Any recent wounds (between 24 to 48 hours old) are vulnerable to this type of transmittal.
That's why our hand crews take every precaution when dealing with trees infected with oak wilt or when oak wilt is known to be in the area. We "paint the oaks" by spraying and sealing all of the wounds we create to prevent the disease from spreading. Don't hesitate to talk to your job supervisor about any oak wilt concerns.