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Brush Clearing: Hand Clearing, Grubbing & Dozing

Clearing land or a property can be difficult. To do so, you’ll need to do brush clearing, hand clearing, and grubbing as ways of removing trees and brush from your property. Brush clearing is the removal of smaller branches and leaves that you can reach by hand. Grubbing is the manual removal of larger roots. And dozing is where equipment such as a bulldozer or chain saw are used to clear out unwanted vegetation. In this blog post we will discuss these methods in detail. And we’ll give you a simple, step-by-step method to do it yourself as well.

Hand Clearing

Hand clearing is the removal of smaller branches and leaves you can reach by hand. It usually happens in areas where there are few trees or brush, such as a lawn area with some low-lying bushes. There are two main types of tools used for this, rakes and clippers. A rake is best to clear grass away so that you can get to the leaves and branches. Clippers are best for removing smaller limbs, but they need to be used with caution so as not to damage nearby plants or trees.

Brush clearing can be done by homeowners at their own home. And it’s usually where there’s a lot of low-lying brush that needs tending to, such as lawns and gardens. So this is a task anybody can handle if they’re prepared and careful about it.


Grubbing is the manual removal of larger roots. And it’s a good idea to tackle this before you attempt hand clearing because it can help with the hand clearing process.

Grubbing will also open up space where additional trees may grow and provide more sunlight for your desired vegetation. This is an important step if you plan on starting a garden.

Now, in order to do grubbing, mark out the area that needs attention using flags and stakes so you know which roots are coming next. Then dig around each root until all of them have been found, then cut off any long ones with loppers or by sawing through them at ground level with a chainsaw—just be sure not to damage other plant life nearby while doing this! Once they are removed, cover back over the main part of the root with soil, then replace the turf.


Dozing is where equipment such as a bulldozer or chain saws are used to clear out unwanted vegetation.

When doing this, be sure to steer clear of any desirable plants so they are not accidentally removed. And you should always take into account any property lines or structures that you might not want to damage.

Defensible Space

Defensible space is the area around your home you can use to defend yourself and loved ones in case of a fire. This includes an escape route, open ground for fighting fires with water, or extinguishing them if necessary.

For most homeowners, this is a major reason to do brush clearing in the first place. Try to keep your defensible space in mind as you follow the steps listed below.

3 Simple Steps To Clear Brush And Remove Trees

Now that we’ve gotten the important brush clearing ideas out of the way, let’s go ahead and dive into the whole process from start to finish.

Now, first things first – look around your property and decide what needs a little more care. Are some of your shrubs overgrowing? Are there trees that might fall over in the next storm? You can take care of this by breaking it up into three steps:

1. Clearing of Debris

To clear away any debris, you should start by trimming and clearing brush from the area where you plan to work. Branches that are too large can be cut down with a chainsaw or an engine-powered brush cutter.

Before you start clearing brush, make a safe area around your cutting zone. This will give you and your crew room to maneuver equipment and load downed trees onto trucks or trailers without encroaching on the cutting zone.

2. Cutting of Trees

Chop the trees and limbs with your ax, hatchet, chainsaw, or pruning tools. Clear a path for either your pickup truck or UTV so you can tow it behind as you clear brush away from areas to be cleared.

When the brush piles up you can make loading and hauling easier by cutting everything into manageable logs. Use your pickup truck bed, ATV cargo box, or pull-behind trailer as a measuring stick.

3. Cleanup of Remains

For small brush piles, load them into a wheelbarrow and deposit it elsewhere. If you have a large brush pile, drill holes in the wood and fill with salt or chemicals to speed up their decomposition.

After removing the stumps with your chain saw, use your rotary cutter to clear away any brush. Remember to mark out any remaining large branches that may be difficult for you or your tractor/loader.

After overgrowth is cleared and debris is removed, you have more of your property available to do with as you wish. Whether it’s an attractive area to enhance the look of your home or an area for gardening, having land free from small trees and brush means what remains is safer and better able to be enjoyed.

Contact Green Leaf Zone for expert Brush Clearing in Los Angeles

However, with so many risks involved with brush clearing and tree removal, it is wise to hire a company who offers complete protection. For years Green Leaf Zone has been clearing brush and removing trees in the greater Los Angeles area. Trust your business to the best!

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