Alright, so the burning didn’t work so well. It was too wet, too thick, and was just taking forever. We are hoping to have everything ready for planting by mid/end of January so we had to try something else. Our good friends down the road lent us their backhoe/front-loader. While it worked great for removing some stumps and moving gravel to fill in the mud pit that is our driveway it did not fare so well at clearing the land. Well, it’s actually more the operators fault (me) than anything. The ground was too uneven and I too inexperienced to do anything other than turn the field in to a complete disaster area.
Fortunately we were able to find a guy up the road with a bush hog and a disc harrow who did an awesome job for a great price. It cost us $240 ($260 with a little tip) and the results were awesome! We’re in a tough spot where we are wanting to work a large area of land but don’t yet have the necessary farm equipment so we have to rely on friends and outsourcing for the moment. At any rate the land is cleared and now the REAL work begins as we start to level it and rake out all the grass.