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Old 10-04-2022, 01:33 AM   #1
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I just got my two acres mulched. This stuff was so thick you could barely walk through most of it. I will have him back to finish up some unwanted trees and to touch it up, but what do yíall recommend about the mulch covering the place?

Let it rot and become part of the soil or land rake it up?




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Old 10-04-2022, 04:16 AM   #2
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This was my delimma and thus why I decided not to mulch.

The fresh bark is very acidic and takes a long time to break down and rot. Obviously, the more rain you receive, the faster it will rot. I wanted to plant grass in my cleared areas and knew it was going to take forever before that was possible with mulching.

If it were me and my place and it was mulched, I'd have it raked thoroughly. Just my .02

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Old 10-04-2022, 05:17 AM   #3
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What will you be using the land for? If you rake it, what are you going to do with the mulch?

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Old 10-04-2022, 06:20 AM   #4
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Rake it up in piles, and burn it
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Old 10-04-2022, 06:39 AM   #5
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I raked my daughters, actually back drug it with a fel. Now just waiting for the burn ban to lift.
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Old 10-04-2022, 07:13 AM   #6
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You got more than me or my buddy. We used a landscaping rake behind a tractor and put in piles.

A box blade will work as well but youll make more piles to be moved into a larger one. Remove or raise the dogs and go

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Old 10-04-2022, 07:36 AM   #7
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It will need to be burned especially if you are planning to bush hog regularly. If you are not planning on mowing, buy a sprayer to keep it at bay.
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Old 10-04-2022, 07:48 AM   #8
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Let it rot. Keep it mowed with a tractor and bushhog
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Old 10-04-2022, 07:55 AM   #9
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Nothing much will grow on that for a few years

I would clean it up
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Old 10-04-2022, 08:14 AM   #10
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Will be building a house within 2-3 years. Nothing will be done with land right at the moment but donít want weeds and regrowth to get out of hand.


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Old 10-04-2022, 08:16 AM   #11
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Going to need to rake/push it up. We looked at mulching our 14 acres when we bought it but after talking to folks who had done it previously we changed out minds.

I was told to make a burn pile and feed it as it burns down. Told it will take a while to burn down and require rolling the pile to keep it going.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 10-04-2022, 08:48 AM   #12
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I left mine alone. It decomposes in a couple years, plus it retards weed growth
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Old 10-04-2022, 09:09 AM   #13
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I would disk it under if you have a tractor.
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Old 10-04-2022, 09:20 AM   #14
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The solution is dependent on your timing. If you want to grow grass soon, you will need to remove the mulch or burn it. If you are not in a hurry and don't mind waiting a few years, let it sit and rot. One other thought is to push all of the mulch into one low-lying area and let it rot there. I've done this for a couple of customers and it has worked out well.
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Old 10-04-2022, 09:28 AM   #15
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Good news is you won't have to mow for a few years.
Bad news is (if it's mulched cedar) it looks ugly for a few years.

There's a place 5ish miles east of Lampasas that mulched a few years back. Looked great at first but once mulch turns ugly gray it gets worse and worse. But no underbrush growing.
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Old 10-04-2022, 10:22 AM   #16
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Old 10-04-2022, 10:25 AM   #17
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A bush hog will catch random pieces and throw them into traffic

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Old 10-04-2022, 10:32 AM   #18
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It doesn't burn very good at all if piled.

If piled in a couple years you will have a great mulch compost pile for gardens or pots.

If you have a tractor available shredding it will get rid of it within a year. Still alot there for the soil. Disking after mowing will speed up the process

Do nothing and it will be mostly gone in 1-2 years as long as it wasn't cedar or bois d arc
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Old 10-04-2022, 11:19 AM   #19
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Iíve been through this recently. I let mine rot. Kept the weeds down with a brush hog. Itís been about 3 years and you would never know it was there. I did rake up a few piles for mulch/compost they have completely broken down now as well. Since you have the time thatís what I would do. Just keep it mowed a couple times per year so it wonít get away from you.
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Old 10-04-2022, 12:00 PM   #20
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Take it up and burn it. If you had yaupon you’ll have to spray it several times. When we bought our property there was eight hours of mulching thrown in in the contract. I sealed that out for four hours of dozer work and glad I did. The biologist told me the yaupon on this place was 30-35 years old and has a road map of roots. I was shocked to see how tough that stuff is.
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Old 10-04-2022, 02:53 PM   #21
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Will be building a house within 2-3 years. Nothing will be done with land right at the moment but donít want weeds and regrowth to get out of hand.


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Then leave it alone. But might want to plant to spray it next summer to get any vines and saplings that come up.

Mulch will help keep the grass and weeds from coming up.
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Old 10-04-2022, 02:56 PM   #22
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A bush hog will catch random pieces and throw them into traffic

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Or the back of your head if no guard chains on front of the brush hog
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Old 10-04-2022, 02:59 PM   #23
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I think I’d rake it so some good stuff can grow
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Old 10-04-2022, 03:04 PM   #24
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I'd leave it, it will serve the purpose of keeping underbrush/weeds from growing back. You rake it up its going to retain moisture and never burn.
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Old 10-04-2022, 03:09 PM   #25
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I run a mulcher for a living. Most customers leave it lay to keep weeds from growing back. I did this as well on my own place. Thick yaupon and a few started to grow back the following year. I just ran over them with the shredder. The few customers that take it up burn in brush piles when a person can burn.


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Old 10-04-2022, 03:37 PM   #26
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Or the back of your head if no guard chains on front of the brush hog

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Old 10-04-2022, 03:45 PM   #27
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Let it rot for a year. Disc it if you want to speed up the process. In 2 years it will be thoroughly broken down. If you rake up all that mulch you will also remove the topsoil.

Walk through with some remedy and surfactant to kill any roots still sending up growth. You will have to do this again in the spring.


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Old 10-04-2022, 04:19 PM   #28
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Remedy and diesel. Remedy is $109.00 a gallon so you can get by with a lot less than you think when mixed with diesel. Experimta little with your mixture.
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Old 10-04-2022, 04:40 PM   #29
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Nothing much will grow on that for a few years

I would clean it up
I would clean it up as well. Get a grapple and push in piles and burn.
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Old 10-04-2022, 04:54 PM   #30
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Rake and Burn.
Just light one or two piles at a time. TRUST ME
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Old 10-04-2022, 09:57 PM   #31
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I appreciate all the input. Will update thread as I move forward.


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Old 10-04-2022, 10:04 PM   #32
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Let it rot for a year. Disc it if you want to speed up the process. In 2 years it will be thoroughly broken down. If you rake up all that mulch you will also remove the topsoil.

Walk through with some remedy and surfactant to kill any roots still sending up growth. You will have to do this again in the spring.


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Old 10-05-2022, 10:16 AM   #33
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Leave it be and shred saplings twice per year year.


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Old 10-05-2022, 10:53 AM   #34
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GS and diesel going up. Saudi Arabia said their dropping their output by 2000,000 per day. Dirt work and tractor work gonna be going up with the prices. I’m having a new driveway and possibly an electric easement into the property done this week. That’s gonna be all the land clearing I have done for a while. After the season we’ll get out there and start chopping and piling up roots etc to burn. Then it will be back to spraying next year for me. Lord willing.
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Old 10-05-2022, 10:54 AM   #35
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Lots of weird advice on here, but it does ultimately depend on why you mulched it. The big advantage of using a mulcher is that you don't get the massive soil disturbance like you would with a dozer. I'm assuming this is the case, otherwise you would have just used a dozer to begin with since it is less expensive. And assuming this, no reason in the world to disc it as you just end up creating the soil disturbance (and associated weedy plant response) you were trying to avoid in the first place.

From a habitat standpoint, piling and burning isn't a good idea as you you have a uniform nutrient recycling bed now. Piling/stacking just robs potential nutrients from re-entering the system where they originally occurred (kind of like mowing and taking the clippings somewhere else, you just end up removing nutrients from the system, which then requires fertilization, which in turn encourages growth of non-desirable plant species (exotics like bermuda/bahia.KR/etc.).

As has been mentioned, natural decay is slow. Its a good way to do it, and the easiest/cheapest, but it does take time.

Running a fire over the top without stacking/piling is probably the best solution if you're in a hurry. It will not burn well as the litter is not 'fluffy' enough to carry the fire well, but that's ok. You'll get it all with successive burns. The first time will necessitate multiple ignitions and diligence, and you have to know ahead of time that you'll get some of it, but nowhere near all of it. Once you get a vegetative response from grasses and weeds, that will be additional fuels to help you carry the fire more successfully the next time you burn. Burning will also help you control the re-sprouting woody vegetation and will encourage the growth of beneficial species germinating from the seed bank.

Again, if you were doing the mulching to improve habitat, mowing it is counter-productive as well as you did it to promote growth of more desirable and nutritious plants. While you mow to control woody growth, what you really end up doing is cutting the growth of the desirable plants as well, which will limit their growth, productivity, and survival. Woody regrowth is best controlled with fire or herbicide.
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Old 10-05-2022, 12:11 PM   #36
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I did this and I only did it again bc I needed a quick way to open it up

Crap ton of tire poking sticks that don't go away..esp cedar it lasted 6 yrs until I finally rented a bobcat w grapple and loaded 4 dumpters full of mulch to get rid of it...
Some of the stuff that was just a few inches under the top looked fresh as the day it was cut 6 yrs later!

Good luck
I also ended up burying alot
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