How to Clear Your Land and Make Way for Your New Homestead

| 7/28/2015 3:38:00 PM

James WhiteDo you dream of moving to the country and living in a simple homestead? If the hustle and bustle of city life isn’t where you want to be, living close to the land is a viable alternative. Choosing to give up modern conveniences in favor of self-sufficiency is a choice that can be deeply satisfying.

But before you start clearing land on your lot, you’ll need to make a plan for at least the first year on your homestead. For starters, take a sheet of paper and plot out where you want to place everything you’ll need. Make sure you include space for:

  • Your home
  • Pasture
  • Farm/garden
  • Water source or well

Keep in mind that you’ll probably be adding to your pasture and farm/garden over time. However, for the first year or two, you’ll want to focus on getting your land cleared and your homestead up and running.

How to Clear Wooded Areas

In order to make space for all of the structures on your homestead, you’ll need to clear your land. Depending on the size of your lot, you can start by focusing on only what you need to start and gradually increasing the area over time.

For this type of heavy-duty work, you’ll need to use a skid steer loader or something similar. It’s tough enough to take on the challenge of moving earth and debris to clean up your land, but remaining highly maneuverable while working in tight spots adds an extra layer of difficulty.

7/30/2015 10:15:32 AM

James, all good points for beginner homesteaders. I have chosen the path of being a self proclaimed urban gardener. I have purchased two vacant lots that were in foreclosure from the city. One is a sizable 168 feet by 165 feet peace of property that has a 60X60 garden area. The rest is as yet undeveloped and has a big bank in back of the garden area covered with trees. The water source comes from a natural spring that is within a foot of ground level. I'm developing a water storage system to pump water from the spring to water the garden. ***** Not only did I have to clear the lot from wild nettle weeds, wild grape vines, bind weed out of control, and scrub bushes but I also had to clear out what had been dumped there from the neighborhood. Car parts, microwave, tires, rock chunks, etc. were all cleared and piled up at the edge of the property. A huge brush pile was ground up and will be used for mulch in the garden paths. I may build a pallet shed but that will be the only structure. Even if I wanted to build it would be a bad site as the natural spring activity threads all through the property at about two feet under ground. It's the perfect site for a garden. Never too wet and never seems to be too dry if mulch is put down. ***** Have a great day on the homestead.

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