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Old 10-03-2010, 12:03 PM
 
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Attached are pictures of my backyard (total 40ft x 50ft) and I have about 10 ft (x 50ft) property with trees. My backyard trees are part of natures preserver, so I cannot cut the trees, and I don't want to.

This fall I want to clean up the area so I can make it usable and put a hammock etc, you get the picture .

Any advice, any recommendation on landscaping and landscaping contractors in Charlotte, Concord area?

Does any of you have trees in your backyard, how did you landscape them, can you share pics?
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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When you say they are part of a nature preserve, do you mean something more then a neighborhood deal (like city, state, etc.)?

If it's just neighborhood and they are fine with you doing some in there, I would personally clear all that underbrush out from the ground around the bigger trees first. At least then you can see what kind of space you are working with and where a hammock would fit in well. Clearing that out is pretty easy to do. Is cutting ANY of the smaller trees out too?
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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When you say they are part of a nature preserve, do you mean something more then a neighborhood deal (like city, state, etc.)?

If it's just neighborhood and they are fine with you doing some in there, I would personally clear all that underbrush out from the ground around the bigger trees first. At least then you can see what kind of space you are working with and where a hammock would fit in well. Clearing that out is pretty easy to do. Is cutting ANY of the smaller trees out too?
I own the property, I can cut down trees with 6" thick or less, but like you said I'm planning to start with clearing underbrush in fall season, but I need to cover the area with probably mulch or some sand so shrubs doesn't regrow.

I don't know what tools I need to clear the shrubs, can I rent them at lowes or home depot?
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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Some Lowe's do have equipment/tool rentals. I know the one in Huntersville does (not sure where you are located). The Mooresville location use to, not sure if they still do or not.

Swing into Lowe's and go over where they hand tools are located and you can check out the assortment yourself. I'd recommend a good Lopper to cut down the smaller trees and thicker underbrush. A pair of shears for the thinner underbrush and smaller limbs. Maybe also a pruning saw for those thicker branches that the other two tools can't quite get around. Each of those is around $20 so you might get $65-70 invested in tools but those are things you'll use quite a bit when you have them around the yard, given that you have woods. I guess you could get a good rake too in order to clear the smaller ground stuff that isn't worth the effort of cutting!

I personally enjoy doing stuff like that so I wouldn't hire anyone, but you might want to buy a tool or two and try it out and see if it's something you like or would rather just pay someone to come in and do. It will definitely help the looks of your property to do that though, not to mention give you some space to add in a hammock or other seating.
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