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Old 07-13-2012, 04:31 AM #1
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Thorny trees

I am opening my field in October and its in a forest of thorny trees. I have cleared 95% of the spiky branches and under brush but I the leaf compost under the trees is still full of tiny hidden sticks. I was going to get 25-100 volunteers together before the field opened and hand pick the sticks out but that may prove too great a task for 8 acres. My other two options are to clear the just high traffic areas like bunkers and put some carpet down, or push everything everywhere into a pile with a tractor. I would think to do it soon so new leaves can fall by october and help prevent dust. Any tips to remedy the situation? Equipment to use?
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:08 AM #2
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Google "tractor landscape rake". They're a great way to clean up leaves and branches.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:31 PM #3
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Thank you TargetIndy, I do feel a bit like a dolt though
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:03 PM #4
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TNT should do it
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Thank you TargetIndy, I do feel a bit like a dolt though
Don't feel bad, we all learn the hard way. I learned a long time ago that whenever I had a problem working with my land, I went to the local farm supply house and asked questions. They ALWAYS have a specialized tool or method to take care of the problem.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:07 PM #6
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You have 2 options that will be effective.
1. As stated by TargetIndy, The landscape rake on a tractor will get MOST of the sticks and thorns, but not all of them unless your forest is perfectly level. Then go back in and rake up the areas you missed.

2. Go to your local BLM, or Forest Service office and ask about getting a burn permit to do a controlled burn of the area. If you have noxious weeds it will make it even easier to get one. Use a tractor, skid steer, or bulldozer to cut a fire line around the perimeter of the field and it will also provide a clear boundary of your play zone. Burn the area, and you will not only have no thorns, you will end up with more diverse ground cover with more vigorous growth. The BLM or forest service might even send a crew out to help you. hope this might be of some help.

good luck

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Old 07-23-2012, 03:56 AM #7
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What about a flail mower? Its seems to be the easy solution.

I would love to burn the place but the county will not issue a burn permit in such a dry area.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:48 PM #8
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A flail mower won't do anything. they are made to avoid hitting large debris. A lot of people with rakes will be your best bet. But a landscape rake and a lawn vacuum will do a very good job as well.
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