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QWe have two acres of slopping land that is completely overgrown and I want to get it under control. I have asked this question on lots of forums and everyone keeps telling me to get goats. The trouble is our land isn’t fenced very well and I’m not there all the time to look after them. We don’t have a tractor and tackling it with a strimmer seems impossible. Any ideas?
AKevin Alviti says: Goats would certainly be one way of dealing with it, but it’s not the way I would go about the problem.
Personally, I would look into hiring a machine that could do the hard work for you. It all depends how confident and experienced you are with machines, though. If in any doubt, it is best to hire someone in to do the work for you.
There are lots of choices on the market at the present time. You could hire a tractor with a flail mower attached to it. A small reverse drive tractor with one of these mounted on it would make short work of a field overgrown with brambles.
If it is more overgrown than that, or the terrain isn’t ideal for a tractor, what about hiring a radio-controlled self-propelled flail mower. These machines can handle saplings up to 3in and leave everything as a mulch on the ground when finished — and you stand at a safe distance to operate it. It is said that they can do in a day what it would take 20 workers with strimmers to complete. If you do go about hiring a machine, make sure that you have insurance just in case anything goes wrong. Your insurance provider should be able to advise you on this.
Hire a machine — and an operator — in to do the work if you lack confidence