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texansfan 06-16-2019 06:09 PM

Cheapest method to keep two acres cut
 
Just came back from my land and the cover/weeds hasn't been cut since Easter.
I'm literally up to my neck In weeds and I'm 6'2
Was giving my retired neighbor what he asked ($40 a pop) to keep it cut once every month or so but he's not been able to do it because he decided to not be retired anymore.

I don't have a tractor or anything like that to do it myself.

What does the GS think is the cheapest method to keeping the weeds and ground cover kept down to a minimum?

I have 80 acres total on this place but most is very thick with a mix of pine and some hardwoods down in my bottom.

I don't touch about sixty acres of it because that's the deer Holiday Inn as they are seriously hunted 200 acres North of me. My place is the area sanctuary.

67olds442 06-16-2019 06:12 PM

See if the neighbor would be interested for $80

TP3 06-16-2019 06:12 PM

Get you a goat.

denimdeerslayer 06-16-2019 06:13 PM

Sheep. Does it really need to be cut all the time?

12RingKing 06-16-2019 06:20 PM

Glyphosate... :)

Snowflake Killa 06-16-2019 07:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 12RingKing (Post 14200833)
Glyphosate... :)

This about twice a year

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FireNguns 06-16-2019 07:33 PM

If you like your deer. Don’t get goats or sheep. I have had bad luck with them. Eat all the deers food, stink, and are loud.
In my opinion, the deer will move elsewhere if you go this route.
I would just find someone local and pay them to cut/shred as needed or buy a tractor and do it yourself.

lost cajun 06-16-2019 08:01 PM

We have a guy cut a 4 acre patch for us about 3-4 times over the summer. Heís about $40/acre. It seems like if you check the local feed store they may know of someone who would cut it.


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shiner78 06-16-2019 08:04 PM

Hire someone

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brokeno 06-16-2019 08:10 PM

Hire someone x 2

MadHatter 06-16-2019 08:22 PM

Have it tilled once, seed a low growing perennial clover, thick, thick. Let it go. May have to reseed every few yrs though.
Also most likely the most beneficial thing you could do for your land, considering the time you are willing to spend, lack of equipment, etc..
Mint also does excellent as a ground cover.

MLank 06-16-2019 08:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MadHatter (Post 14201010)
Have it tilled once, seed a low growing perennial clover, thick, thick. Let it go. May have to reseed every few yrs though.
Also most likely the most beneficial thing you could do for your land, considering the time you are willing to spend, lack of equipment, etc..
Mint also does excellent as a ground cover.

I like this. Could you also mix in grasses like buffalo.

texansfan 06-16-2019 08:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shiner78 (Post 14200981)
Hire someone

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Quote:

Originally Posted by brokeno (Post 14200988)
Hire someone x 2

LoL
I did hire someone

texansfan 06-16-2019 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 12RingKing (Post 14200833)
Glyphosate... :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snowflake Killa (Post 14200911)
This about twice a year

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No chemicals
I believe that stuff causes cancer
I'd rather eat a hole in the ozone layer via burnt diesel.

texansfan 06-16-2019 09:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 67olds442 (Post 14200824)
See if the neighbor would be interested for $80

Money is not the issue.
New job works him 6-7 days a week
Forced overtime

texansfan 06-16-2019 09:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TP3 (Post 14200825)
Get you a goat.

Quote:

Originally Posted by denimdeerslayer (Post 14200826)
Sheep. Does it really need to be cut all the time?

Good idea but then I'd need to build a wall to keep them in.
This is 4 strand fenced on one side only

Don't need to be cut all the time But when I bring my kids up March through June I'd like the grass to be no more than ankle high.

This guy was good until his employer came calling

texansfan 06-16-2019 09:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MadHatter (Post 14201010)
Have it tilled once, seed a low growing perennial clover, thick, thick. Let it go. May have to reseed every few yrs though.
Also most likely the most beneficial thing you could do for your land, considering the time you are willing to spend, lack of equipment, etc..
Mint also does excellent as a ground cover.

Yeah I threw out six pounds of white dutch buy it was too late and the weeds crowded it out
I've seen micro clover but I don't want to spend that kinda coin on ground cover

I'll look into the mint suggestion.thanks

rocky 06-16-2019 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by texansfan (Post 14201085)
Money is not the issue.
New job works him 6-7 days a week
Forced overtime

Just a guess, but are you too busy to take care of your own property? Itís 2 acres. Probably 1 hour of mowing per week at most.

SneakyPhil 06-16-2019 09:27 PM

Ask your neighbor if you can pay him to borrow his tractor for a fee and cut it yourself. You could also offer to do his while you're at it.

Sika 06-16-2019 09:29 PM

Welcome to property ownership...mowing is part of the deal. Pay someone to keep it mowed for you or buy a mower and keep it in a shed on site.

DUKFVR 06-16-2019 09:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sika (Post 14201135)
Welcome to property ownership...mowing is part of the deal. Pay someone to keep it mowed for you or buy a mower and keep it in a shed on site.

This!

tps7742 06-16-2019 09:51 PM

I had a place and took care of it myself for 15 years prior to retirement. Just hire it out to be mowed on a frequency of your choice. Believe me it easier and cheaper in the long run.

12RingKing 06-17-2019 03:20 AM

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Originally Posted by texansfan (Post 14201082)
No chemicals
I believe that stuff causes cancer
I'd rather eat a hole in the ozone layer via burnt diesel.

Only known to cause cancer in California. You ainít no Californian are ya?

texansfan 06-17-2019 04:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rocky (Post 14201124)
Just a guess, but are you too busy to take care of your own property? Itís 2 acres. Probably 1 hour of mowing per week at most.

I live 3.5 hrs away
200 miles
Have two toddlers

texansfan 06-17-2019 04:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Sika (Post 14201135)
Welcome to property ownership...mowing is part of the deal. Pay someone to keep it mowed for you or buy a mower and keep it in a shed on site.

I have no problem with paying to have it mowed
My problem is finding someone dependable that can mow it regularly
This is why I made the post
I'm looking for the cheapest option for me to mow it myself
I've seen walk behind brush hogs but that will take too long and get caught in ruts

Then I thought about a riding mower with brush hog attachment

Next up from that would be a pto tractor so I've been looking at ford 8n and other fords from the early 80s (like the 1710)
I don't need 4wd with cab

But the prices of three tractors and brush hogs equal many many many months worth of me paying someone four months out the year to cut it
But then I run into the problem I have now with my property not being someone else's priority

Uncle Saggy 06-17-2019 04:34 AM

Iím with you on not using chemicals.

We have a similar property with around 10 non-wooded pasture type acres and have someone to cut hay. In return, he gets all the hay and keeps things cleaned up.

texansfan 06-17-2019 04:38 AM

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Originally Posted by 12RingKing (Post 14201286)
Only known to cause cancer in California. You ainít no Californian are ya?

PCB and BPA were only known to cause cancer in California for many years too until those Californians started moving to Texas, and infected us.
Now that pcb cancer has spread nationwide

MattPopp 06-17-2019 04:58 AM

RoundUp

texansfan 06-17-2019 05:12 AM

Actually i think i might go with the Ford 3000
Not the 8n

tps7742 06-17-2019 06:32 AM

Where is this property located?

DirtyDave 06-17-2019 06:45 AM

Swisher pull-behind mower

RattlesnakeDan 06-17-2019 06:55 AM

I get 150 for the first acre and $50/acre after that so getting that shredded for $40 is like free. lol Most guys around here are 200 to 250 minimum plus 50/acre after the min.

texansfan 06-17-2019 07:14 AM

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Originally Posted by RattlesnakeDan (Post 14201343)
I get 150 for the first acre and $50/acre after that so getting that shredded for $40 is like free. lol Most guys around here are 200 to 250 minimum plus 50/acre after the min.

That's why this is kinda hard to hire out.
Too small for commercial guys
Too big for residential.

So I rely on my elderly neighbors to help me out

He's my third-cousin's husband so he's doing it for not even beer money to help a kind of a relative out.

I've been watching YouTube of the ford 3000 and i think that's the way to go.
Couple grand for the tractor and I'll be set
Hang a few tarps up until I can get a carport built to store it in

Razrbk89 06-17-2019 08:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RattlesnakeDan (Post 14201343)
I get 150 for the first acre and $50/acre after that so getting that shredded for $40 is like free. lol Most guys around here are 200 to 250 minimum plus 50/acre after the min.

Woooooow. For bush hogging?

Dusty Britches 06-17-2019 08:11 AM

2 acres? Put 10 cows on it for 4-6 weeks. You will be overgrazed and it will take the rest of the year for it to recover.

OR - like Sika said - buy a mower and take care of it.

Dusty Britches 06-17-2019 08:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RattlesnakeDan (Post 14201343)
I get 150 for the first acre and $50/acre after that so getting that shredded for $40 is like free. lol Most guys around here are 200 to 250 minimum plus 50/acre after the min.

I agree. $40 barely pays the diesel. It sure don't pay for the time or for anything you might run over and destroy the shredder.

Jimbo47 06-17-2019 08:34 AM

Pay up and have someone cut it once or twice a year. Better than letting it go just because your $40 deal fell through.
Buy a riding mower or tractor and be done with it.

hunt247 06-17-2019 08:50 AM

Contact your local Ag Extension agent. Let him know what you are trying to do. Might be a good idea to reseed it with native grass and there might be a program to help with cost. Weed killer for a couple years and then maybe all you will have is grass.

Parramore 06-17-2019 08:56 AM

Sell

WItoTX 06-17-2019 09:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 12RingKing (Post 14200833)
Glyphosate... :)

This is what Monsanto got sued and lost about, to the tune of $2 billion.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/14/healt...ict/index.html

Uncle Saggy 06-17-2019 09:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RattlesnakeDan (Post 14201343)
I get 150 for the first acre and $50/acre after that so getting that shredded for $40 is like free. lol Most guys around here are 200 to 250 minimum plus 50/acre after the min.



You get $600 for 10 acres?

myway 06-17-2019 09:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WItoTX (Post 14201604)
This is what Monsanto got sued and lost about, to the tune of $2 billion.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/14/healt...ict/index.html

Tap your meter.. I think itís busted.

AntlerCollector 06-17-2019 09:49 AM

I think asking the neighbor who was mowing it to borrow his tractor is the best route. Pay him the $40 he was getting for doing it, and do it yourself.

bloodstick 06-17-2019 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Razrbk89 (Post 14201432)
Woooooow. For bush hogging?

I just mowed a gentleman's place on Saturday between coldspring and clevland. It was overgrown 4 acre pasture. I drove 1hr 20 min to get there pulling the deere and 6 ft mower on the trailer. Charged 350 to mow it and he thought i was underpaid so he gave me 4 which i was very appreciative.
Mowing acreage can be a nice side gig if you already have the equipment.

El Viejo 06-17-2019 10:16 AM

I haven't read all the comments, but when I had about an acre to clean up at my dad's place, I bought a few goats. They kept it clean to the dirt. The good thing about goats is they will provide you with a cabrito or two every year, and they're pretty tasty on the grill. If you're energetic enough, you can also milk them. I did this and made some dang good goat cheese. The only warning I would give is that you need a very good fence. I have read that if your fence won't hold water then it won't hold goats!

bloodstick 06-17-2019 10:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Uncle Saggy (Post 14201634)
You get $600 for 10 acres?

depending on the condition of the acreage, i would be closer to 800 and can get it pretty regular. It takes several hours to mow 10 acres with anything less than a batwing. I wont pull the tractor out for any less than $350 considering how far the place is and how thick the grass/brush is. Thicker it is, the more time it takes and more of a beating the equipment takes.

Razrbk89 06-17-2019 10:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bloodstick (Post 14201687)
I just mowed a gentleman's place on Saturday between coldspring and clevland. It was overgrown 4 acre pasture. I drove 1hr 20 min to get there pulling the deere and 6 ft mower on the trailer. Charged 350 to mow it and he thought i was underpaid so he gave me 4 which i was very appreciative.
Mowing acreage can be a nice side gig if you already have the equipment.

I think Iíd quit my day job pretty quick if someone was going to pay me $50 an acre plus a $200 show up fee, like mentioned above.

Ouch 06-17-2019 10:22 AM

If you tell us where the property is located, you might have better luck finding someone dependable.

bloodstick 06-17-2019 10:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Razrbk89 (Post 14201707)
I think I’d quit my day job pretty quick if someone was going to pay me $50 an acre plus a $200 show up fee, like mentioned above.

Considering it took me all day to get there (1.2 hrs), 3 hours to mow, additional 1.2 hrs home, 7 gallons of fuel in the tractor, and half tank of fuel in the truck, I really did not come out as far ahead as one would think. And this was a relatively open field. If i'm dodging trees, costs goes up. Its nice side cash and play money, but i would not do it for a living every day.

Some of these places are so thick, it bogs the tractor and PTO down too much and begins to overheat. 1st gear running high rpm's was the best bet. 2nd was pushing it.


For the OP, paying someone would probably be your best bet a couple times a year if you are wanting to keep your costs down. If you buy your own tractor, theres all kinds of costs associated with that and mower attachments are not cheap either. However, you could do someone elses mowing on the side to offset the costs like we do.

Razrbk89 06-17-2019 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by bloodstick (Post 14201719)
Considering it took me all day to get there (1.2 hrs), 3 hours to mow, additional 1.2 hrs home, 7 gallons of fuel in the tractor, and half tank of fuel in the truck, I really did not come out as far ahead as one would think. And this was a relatively open field. If i'm dodging trees, costs goes up. Its nice side cash and play money, but i would not do it for a living every day.

Some of these places are so thick, it bogs the tractor and PTO down too much and begins to overheat. 1st gear running high rpm's was the best bet. 2nd was pushing it.


For the OP, paying someone would probably be your best bet a couple times a year if you are wanting to keep your costs down. If you buy your own tractor, theres all kinds of costs associated with that and mower attachments are not cheap either. However, you could do someone elses mowing on the side to offset the costs like we do.

I can usually get 40-60 acres a day. All Iím seeing is dollar signs. Lots of money down there, though. People willing to pay those high prices.


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