Posted by: Reena Ramos

  • 08/28/2018

Eating (non-native, invasive) greens: ACRES to purchase forestry mulcher

ACRES will soon purchase a forestry mulcher, pictured above, to “chew” or shred through dense patches of nonnative invasive shrubs and brush, instead of using hand tools to tackle these sometimes overwhelming jobs.

How overwhelming? Watch this video to see a forestry mulcher in action, “eating” dense patches of overgrown Autumn Olive amid a tree planting on the Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve. At times, the skid steer seems lost in the brush – until it emerges, victorious.

Watch to the end of the short video series to see the results: rows between the tree planting are clear enough for volunteers to jump into action, cutting the brush back in the tighter spaces between trees.


Mike Caywood - October 2, 2018 - 4:44 pm

Will you need to go back through and treat the remaining “stumps” with glyphosate or something else to totally eradicate?

Lettie Haver - October 4, 2018 - 2:58 pm

Thanks for asking, Mike! Our director of land management, Casey Jones says: We aren't exactly sure what the post-mulching results are going to be but, we will either 1) treat the stumps immediately afterwards or 2) follow up with a foliar spray when it re-sprouts leaves. It will likely be the second option. Either way, yes; We will treat them with chemical after we mow them.