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Ideas? Taming Land In Town

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I'm buying 2 lots adjacent to the 2 I own, and would like your critiques on my daunting project. :) Objectives:
  1. Remove brush and vines from around trees
  2. Smooth land: So kids can run on it without tripping on unevenness

Tools/equipment I'll have handy:
  • Chainsaws, Pole ChainSaw
  • Tractor w/ front bucket (borrowed, I've used it less than 5 times)
  • Bush hog for tractor
  • Box blade for tractor
  • Riding lawn mower, Walk behind mower
  • Matches

My current rough plan:
  1. Bush hog: lower onto brush around trees, trying to avoid thick stumps
  2. Chainsaw: Cut down thicker stuff
  3. Scoot stuff to a burn pile (& coordinate with town fire department)
  4. Pull down upper vines where possible
  5. Cut down unwanted trees
  6. Bush hog land as low as possible, scalping if necessary
  7. Box blade: Give it some aggressive forward lean, and drag it around the land several times to loosen the soil (clay like) and start smoothing it out
  8. Roll using water-filled roller behind lawn tractor (possibly?)

There's one notable thorn bush with super long thorns w/ barbs on them.

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You might now be in a position where you can do something with the boxblade. On hard ground you will want to lower the rippers one notch and load it up with some weight.

How many HP is the tractor?

I have been doing similar to a scrap dealer's 1 acre property we purchased about a year ago. We removed the junk and trash, took down the fences, and cut the junk elms at or below ground level. This made a big improvement. Since then I have been filling in low spots with scrounged dirt. It is surprising how much fill dirt it takes to fill even a small low area.

It is doubtful that you would find a small roller to be very useful. Level it as best you can with the loader and box blade, then use some sort of a drag to smooth it for seeding. It may take some time but you can do it.
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