Trying to figure out what to do for our sloping land down to the lake, very wooded, want to keep it simple and easy to maintain, a lot of rocks in the ground, hard to dig
I learned a landscaping lesson a long time ago. We were working "on a budget" and decided to clear our land by hand. We had some rented equipment (heavy duty weed eaters etc) We purchased some equipment - lawnmowers, chainsaws. Most of the stuff we bought got destroyed in the process. We also got more than our share of poison ivy, cuts and bruises. We cleared about half of our 1-1/2 acres. It took almost two years of weekends and evenings.
Several years later I was building a room addition and new driveway for my next-door neighbor. We had a tracked high-lift in to do some of the excavation work. While I had him so close, we decided to have him clear the remaining half of our property. He cleared it to the same level that we had (actually a little better). It took one guy with one high-lift exactly 25 minutes to equal our two years worth of work.
Moral of the story: Get the right guys with the right equipment in from the start and you'll spend a lot less and get better results. Realistically, you can get a good days worth of work with a large machine and spend $500 or so.
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