How to Repurpose Wood Cleared From Your Land 

How to Repurpose Wood Cleared From Your Land 

Owning land in beautiful western North Carolina is a dream come true for many people. Not only is this a stunning area with sweeping mile-high vistas and thriving nearby cities, like Asheville, but it is also an excellent investment. Land here is increasingly valuable - and it can become even more so if you undertake land clearing projects. Ethical, environmentally-sound clearing helps you utilize your land in the most effective way possible while significantly improving your landscape. But what do you do with the wood that is left behind? 


Put Your Cleared Wood to Work

While large sawmills are not typically willing to come get wood from a residential lot (it cost-prohibitive and transportation may be difficult depending on your location), you can find companies that run portable sawmills. They come to your land and process your wood into lumber right there. Usually, they take a percentage of the wood as payment.

From there, the wood can be made into a variety of products, depending on the type, cut, and quality. This can include flooring, furnishings, cabinetry, raw building materials, and more. You can sell your share of the wood, or you can even integrate it into your home. (Note: you must let the wood season before using it.)

Another option is cutting up the wood, stacking it, and letting it dry for use in the winter. If you have a wood stove or fireplace, this can be a great source of fuel.

But what if you do not have a great quantity of wood or it is not lumber or firewood-quality? 

Giving Back to the Land with Forestry Mulching 

If it is not optimal for lumber or firewood, mulching is an excellent way to repurpose your wood. Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of forestry mulching:

What is Forestry Mulching? 

A single machine is put to work to clear away unwanted vegetation and undergrowth. The important feeder roots and keeper trees are left unharmed. In other words, forestry mulching is a selective process, not clear-cutting. It also leaves behind a nutrient-rich layer of mulch. It breaks down and adds beneficial organic matter - food! - to the land.

All of the stumps and stems in the selected area are cut flush to the ground; this gives you a beautiful, flat surface on which to plant, seed, or build immediately. In addition to feeding and preparing the land for your intended use, forestry mulching offers great protection against erosion and wildfires. 

If you have land that needs clearing, contact the experts at Garrett’s Landscape & Grading. We have extensive experience in safe, ethical, and effective clearing and forestry mulching. This is the best way to give back to the land, enhance its health, and enjoy your own little piece of western North Carolina paradise.