[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]our yard should be a place for you and your family to enjoy. Whether gardening, playing in the pool or swinging in a hammock on a warm summer day, you come to your yard to unwind and have fun. If your yard is overgrown with tall grass, weeds and brush however, it becomes an area of concern for you as a homeowner. In this case, brush clearing is a must.Overgrown yards tend to become makeshift garbage dumps, housing debris from its inhabitants, neighbors and those just passing by. What’s more, all that brush and debris becomes the ideal breeding ground for all sorts of insects, including flies, mosquitoes, fleas and ticks which in turn spread disease to pets and humans alike. All of this makes clearing your yard of that pesky brush and weeds important not only to the appearance of your house, but to the health and well-being of you and your family. Let’s take a look at how we can clean that yard up!
Before mowing, start with the big stuff
Give the yard a thorough walkthrough, making sure to carry a trash bag with you as you go to collect smaller garbage items and other bits of debris (don’t forget to wear gloves too!). As you walk make sure to mark the plants, shrubs and trees that you would like to keep with garden tape or colored ribbon.
Along with the smaller bits of garbage, you’ll also want to get rid of the larger pieces of trash and debris. Be sure to use a carrier, like the Orec LS360 Trailblazer Transporter to carry heavier items such as rocks and tree stumps. With its 650 pound maximum payload, the Trailblazer can move those heavy objects without wearing you down, giving you the energy you need to finish clearing your yard. What’s more, with its track steering, you won’t leave wheel ruts or other marks once the yard is cleared.
Now, let’s mow the tall grass and weeds!
Once you’ve cleared your yard of debris, you will want to mow the tall grass and weeds, walking in straight rows to make the project easier on you. For this job Orec has some great tools, including the SH72 Samurai Walk Behind Brush Cutterand the Cyclone Walk Behind Flail Brush Mower. The Samurai Brush Cutter is an easy-to-use brush mower that will chop down tall grass and weeds in no time. It has a front pivot wheel which makes it easier to steer and a locking differential that acts like posi-traction, helping you to power through rough and uneven ground. The Samurai features a 27.5” cutting width (one of the widest brush mowers on the market) and the blade height can be adjusted from 2” to 4”. No other brush mower on the market has this feature.
The Cyclone Walk Behind Flail Brush Mower is a walk behind flail mower that not only cuts but mulches the grass and weeds, meaning you won’t have to go back and rake them later on. The Cyclone comes in both a tracked and a wheel option: the tracks give you added traction and maneuverability while the wheel option is a more cost effective way to get that same great cut. Like the Samurai, the Cyclone has an adjustable blade height to allow you to cut from 2” to 4”.
How about those shrubs you don’t want?
Locate all of the shrubs that you plan remove from your yard. This is a great time to use the Cyclone, as Orec’s walk behind flail mower can mulch woody material up to 1.75” in diameter, depending on the hardness of the material. Using our Cyclone Walk Behind Flail Brush Mower will make this part of clearing your yard so much easier since you can cut and mulch all at once! Once you have removed the tops of the shrubs, you will want to dig out the root ball of the shrub and use the LS360 Trailblazer or other carrier to remove that root from your yard. Fill the hole with topsoil and be sure to remove only a single shrub at a time to keep the project on track.
We’re in the home stretch-let’s take our yard back!
You may want to give the yard one more cut with the Samurai or the Cyclone. At this point the Cyclone is a great option as it can provide a rough finishing cut at its lower cutting height. As you mow, be sure to mow in half-paths rather than mowing in rows at full mower width to make your yard as clean and as neat as you can. When the yard grass height is to your liking, rake the existing flower beds to remove any top growth or weeds. Re-establish garden borders and be sure to remove any overgrown vines or invasive plants with the Cyclone or Samurai mowers. Remove this as yard waste so that the plants do not continue to grow on the compost pile. Walk through the area one last time to ensure that there are no unwanted plants or trees, and you are ready to start enjoying your yard again!