The Importance of Removing Underbrush

Removing Underbrush

With the leaves down and plants in hibernation, now is a great time to consider removing underbrush on your property. However, you may be wondering what the importance of removing underbrush is. There are several reasons to remove bush, such as improving its appearance, improving overall access and usability, and reducing the spread of wildfires.

Clean Up for Spring

Spring is just around the corner, so now is the time to prepare for its arrival. By taking the time to remove any underbrush that may have grown over the previous year, you will immediately appreciate the appearance.

Underbrush typically makes an area look unkempt and shabby. When you remove the growth, it will give your home and surrounding areas a boost in curb appeal. In fact, it may even inspire new ideas you want to implement for this year for landscaping.

Clearing up brush is especially important if you plan to create a garden or do some landscaping projects in the coming months. Unkempt vegetation will take over and drain the soil’s best nutrients.

Think of clearing underbrush as larger-scale “weeding” around your property.

Improves Usability

If you have plans to build or develop new areas to use around your home and land, the first step is to remove all the underbrush and lose vegetation. Abandoned areas around your home are nothing more than useless land until you take action to clean them up.

Improves Overall Access

Once you have cleaned up any underlying brush, you will find you can move around your home and property better. Any utility workers will also thank you because they will be able to access any utilities such as power, cable, or underground lines.

Furthermore, if you are planning to sell your property soon, cleaning up any shrubs, briars, and other growth will make it possible to showcase your land to potential buyers. An added benefit is that cleaning up underbrush will improve the value of your property.

Restores Forest Health

If you own a larger parcel of land with any forest nearby, cleaning up brush helps to restore the area’s health. Thinning, as the National Forest Service terms cleaning up underbrush, helps established plants and trees to have the necessary nutrients to thrive.

Neglected vegetation can become the breeding grounds for disease and unwanted insects. By cleaning out the overgrowth, you will pave the way for native plants and wildlife to thrive around your home.

Reduces the Risk of Wildfires

Western North Carolina, as well as other parts in the world such as Australia that has been present in the news currently, are no strangers to wildfires. The fuel source of woodland fires is underbrush and leaf litter.

By not addressing overgrown vegetation surrounding your structures, you are creating a fire hazard. Wildfires can spread more quickly than you can ever imagine, especially if there is a significant threat of wind in the forecast. Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee experienced this when wildfires got out of control in 2016. What started as a small fire grew into a nightmare for towns such as Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and surrounding areas resulting in 14 casualties and millions of dollars in damage.

If you own property, it is your responsibility to make sure it is safe. However, Hambleton Services, Inc. is here to assist you.

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Hambleton Services allows you to have more time to do the things that you love most, and we are dedicated to helping you maintain your property.  If you have recently toured the outside of your home or business and it needs attention, contact us today for a free quote. We understand the unique needs of this region, such as dense underbrush removal, and will help you have the most manicured space around.

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