As we continue to clear the land, weather permitting, we are discovering that the mulcher really does a much better job working in harmony with mother nature. We have had an enormous amount of rain over the last two years. This fall 2018-2019 over 100” of rain where we normally receive 40-50”. This is a difference that is so difficult to deal with daily. I feel like I am in mud all the time. What did come out of this we discovered; the clearing with the track load was very damaging even after grass was replanted. However, with the forestry mulcher we didn’t have run off, the mulch stayed in place even with heavy rain. Hmm could it be that easy? So, we mulched a steep area to see if run off would happen- surprisingly it didn’t. It appears the mulch absorbs the water and stays in place, even with heavy winds. We were hit by Hurricane Michael. Side note I love the name as this is my husbands name. We never get hurricanes this far inland, but we did this time. The foot of rushing water through our high tunnel, chicken houses, and livestock area was unspeakable. We lost chicks to drowning- we saved most but a few just didn’t make it. The mulched areas held- this was mind blowing. I stood in my high tunnel with water rushing past me, my boots are knee high and water was getting in. Trees were taken down by wind- and the mulch held its ground?
As we continue to clear land we will be installing water ways. We currently have them but will need to make more. They catch the water in ditch like, slow the water down by making it cross the land instead of a straight line. This helps keep soil in place and reroutes the water safely.