Hello out there I need some help brainstorming
I have 40 acres of tree and brush That I need cleared for grazing. This parcel is sloping sandy land with a few washes of red clay in SE Oklahoma. I am on a tight budget what is the best and cheapest to reclaimed the property and put in production. The fences are barbwire in fair condition. there are no cross fenceing. Where would I get more bang for the $$$ Or would it be best just to have a dozer in for a day and just wait until there more money to spend. or what method should I used.
I want this area organic if at all possible
If it's small stuff, you can possibly bush hog a lot of it. If not, get a decent chain saw, (I prefer Stihl) several chains for it, a sharpener, and set aside a couple years worth of weekends. Da*n those stumps!
If there's any marketable timber on it, you might get some of it cleared for free and maybe pick up a few bucks by contacting someone in that line of work in your area. I believe it's sold by the ton.....there are some online weight calculators for various kinds of trees if you need help evaluating any quote you might get.
You might find that once you start stirring around with the soil those washes can get a whole lot worse in a hurry. Might give some thought to erosion control at the front end rather than having to do more work on the backside of the process. We threw annual rye down on the slopes we cleared as soon as possible and it helped a good bit. The root system it puts down lasts a good while and holds the soil even after the grass has died.
Best way I can think of to make the decision is to just go on out there a couple times and see how much you can accomplish. Generally a couple days of swinging an axe, running a saw, and stacking brush will give you a pretty good idea how much a man with a bulldozer is worth to you.