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How To Clear Overgrown Property With A Skid-Steer

Posted by Travis Urban on 9/22/20 9:00 AM
Travis Urban

How to clear overgrown property with a skid-steer

Do you have an overgrown property or need to clear land for a future development site? Land can become overgrown with brush and trees for a multitude of reasons. It has been a long-time belief that clearing land is only something that can be tackled by large contractors that have specialized equipment. This is not true – as skid-steers and heavy-duty attachments allow private landowners and contractors to take on land clearing jobs.

land development & clearing overgrown land

What Is Land Development?

Clearing an overgrown property can be tackled with a skid-steer or compact track loader (CTL) by leveraging vegetation management attachments. Skid-steers offer agility, speed, and flexibility due to their compact nature.

Land development or clearing is converting raw land into agriculture, construction-ready housing, commercial, or industrial building sites. Primary types of applications of land development consist of:

  • Changing landforms from a natural state for a purpose such as agriculture or housing
  • Subdividing real estate into lots, usually for building homes
  • Real estate development
  • Road construction
  • Landscaping
  • Setup of fences and hedges
  • Service connections to municipal services and public utilities
  • Drainage and canals
  • External lighting such as street lights

tackling jobs with a skid-steer

Tackling Jobs With a Skid-Steer

In recent years, the rise in popularity of skid-steers has inspired companies to develop brush cutters and mulchers that universally attach to almost any brand of skid-steer. This flexibility has allowed many private landowners and small contractors alike to take on the work. 

Once you’ve decided to take on a land clearing job with a skid-steer – you will have to be prepared to come across various variables on the land you are working, such as: 

  • Trees and tree stumps
  • Fence lines
  • Issues with utilities
  • Water issues
  • Rocks
  • Litter

You will be ready to overcome many of these obstacles by easily switching to a buck or other attachment and back quickly, which gives you the ability to reduce the potential for damage to equipment or surroundings before proceeding with brush or land clearing.

heavy duty skid-steer land clearing

Heavy-Duty Brush and Land Clearing

Diamond offers a full line of skid-steer attachments to tackle your land clearing needs, which include:

  • Rotary Mower - clear overgrown brush and small trees quickly and effectively
  • Forestry Disc Mulcher - grind down trees and brush efficiently while working in a rural setting away from objects or other valuables.
  • Drum Mulcher – ideal when working in urban areas providing a controlled environment while creating a finished look by turning brush and trees into a fine mulch
  • Stump Grinders - simple and easy to operate to tackle tree stumps


Whether you need to prep a site for future development or maintain a park, tree grove, or fence line – turn to Diamond Mowers to get your land clearing job done.

You can purchase attachments from Diamond Mowers at your local dealer or by contacting us directly.

Topics: Skid-Steers & Attachments, Invasive Trees/Plants, Application: Land Development