Earthwork Series: What Is Clearing and Grubbing?

Would you like to know about land development? Are you interested in learning how certain bodies of land came to their current condition? It’s no secret that landscapes must be prepared and developed prior to construction taking place. And that’s where the concept of site clearing and grubbing comes into play.

What this entails is that you are essentially preparing the land for further development. However, you may be curious to learn about the…

Process of Site Clearing and Grubbing

When a plot of land is examined and the proper site demolition has been completed — the excess surface remains in addition to any vegetative residual. These things are then extracted through the process of clearing and grubbing.

The clearing is reflected in the removal of all herbage and plant life. While the grubbing is comprised of the withdrawal of roots lodged in the soil once clearing has occurred.

Grubbing dispenses with trees, bushes, debris, stumps, vegetation, etc.

This then prepares the land for site grading, soil remediation, and other processes. Once these procedures take place, the lot is ready for new infrastructure.

Site Clearing and Grubbing: The Machinery Needed for the Job

Whether the landdev eloped is for commercial purposes or transportation and industrial infrastructure, the machinery that’s used remains the same. Some of these engineering marvels include:

Bulldozers

Bulldozers easily fall into the category of one of the quintessential machines for clearing and grubbing. Their versatility assists with a plethora of tasks.

These machines are usually armed with a dozer blade along with the attachment of a root rake.

Toppling trees and removing debris is infinitely easier with the utilization of the blade.

To continue the mass excavation, contractors then utilize the bulldozer’s root rake. This tool grubs out the deep roots within the ground, effectively clearing the area.

Skid Steers

The clearing and grubbing process is further aided with the assistance of a skid steer. These machines can provide great utility as they can help with tree extraction and other important activities.

Typically, the customary accessories with these units include many features. Some of which are rock rakes for pulling sizeable rocks from the ground, grapples for hoisting and transporting trees, as well as brush cutters, mulchers, and stump grinders.

Evacuators

Contractors use the evacuator machines for clearing tree roots, rocks, as well as other materials from the landscape.  

Also referred to as a backhoe, these machines possess digging buckets that are practical for small-scale jobs. Moreover, they also have bigger ones for more challenging or muddied terrain as well.

Understanding the Details of Site Clearing and Grubbing

There are many crucial components to understand when it comes to site clearing and grubbing. And although it may feel like a lot, it’s necessary to know in order to complete the job safely and efficiently.

However, with such a confusing concept, it’s usually best to leave this type of thing to the experts.

So if you have some development work, or if you simply have questions that weren’t answered in this article, then contact us today to learn more.

Like this article?

Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on twitter
Share on Twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on Linkdin
Share on pinterest
Share on Pinterest

Leave a comment

Recent News, Articles, and Projects

earthwork company

4 Reasons To Hire the Earthwork Company BuildPro

Did you know that in the US there are 47,114 excavation and earthwork businesses? With all of these options, it is tough to know which company to turn to for your next construction project. Having an insight into what makes an earthwork company worth hiring can help. When looking for an earthwork company in Missouri,

Read More »
safety training

The Necessary Safety Training for Earthworks

Did you know that over a quarter of all construction workers have faced some type of injury or been in an accident before? That’s an alarmingly high rate, one that warrants extra training beyond simple construction skills and craftsmanship. One of the additional training processes that are extremely important, especially in the earthworks field, is safety

Read More »
city infrastructure

Earthwork Series: City Infrastructure

City infrastructure relies on solid earthwork. It takes up a large part of the budget and planning. This is because of its importance in the overall construction. It’s predicted that prices will continue to rise. It’s due to supply chain problems and other Covid-19 related issues. These problems don’t stop the world’s growing need for

Read More »
stabilize soil

Earthwork Serie: How to Stabilize the Soil

If you’ve ever prepared for a large construction project, you know that there are many moving parts. From demolition to soil remediation, you should pay attention to the initial steps of a project. Proper preparation is as important as the construction itself. Stabilizing your soil is one of the key steps to preparing your construction

Read More »
power machines

Earthwork Series: Power Machines for Mass Excavation

Earth working is no small job. Moving large amounts of earth need to be done with careful consideration to the power machines you use and the safety of your workers.  Trying to use the wrong machines for mass excavation and other types of earthwork can lead to serious accidents and even destabilize your site for

Read More »
land grading

Earthwork Series: The Importance of Land Grading

The construction industry makes up an astonishing 4% of the U.S. GDP. Before any new industrial farm, apartment complex, or manufacturing plant can get started, they need a construction company. A vital foundation of the construction process is site grading. The land must be prepped and evaluated first, or you could end up with both immediate and future

Read More »
tear down

Earthwork Series: Site Demolition and Tear Down

At the end of 2020, the average commercial building in the US was almost 53 years old. Replacing old buildings with new ones is just one reason for demolition. Site demolition is an important part of the construction cycle. If your project involves the tear down of a building, you need to understand how the

Read More »
site clearing and grubbing

Earthwork Series: What Is Clearing and Grubbing?

Would you like to know about land development? Are you interested in learning how certain bodies of land came to their current condition? It’s no secret that landscapes must be prepared and developed prior to construction taking place. And that’s where the concept of site clearing and grubbing comes into play. What this entails is

Read More »

Helpful Links

9921 Holtwick Lane, Saint Ann, Missouri 63074