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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!


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When you buy undeveloped land to build a home and start a hobby farm, you'll probably have a lot of land clearing to do. Your home-building contractor may clear the land for your house, but you may be left on your own to clear land for a barn or horse pasture. You can hire a land excavating service to help you transform your land into a farm that's suitable for growing food and raising animals. Here are some things the service might do.

Clear Away Brush And Trees

Undeveloped land often has all kinds of wild growth on it. A land excavating service can use heavy machinery to remove bushes, weeds, and tangled brush from the land. They can also remove trees, and since the trees are on open land, they may just push them over and pull out the stumps rather than cut the trees down.

Before you hire a land excavating company, plan your land to the smallest detail so they know what you want them to do. For instance, you might want to save mature shade trees, so the company will mark them and leave them alone as they clear the rest of the land.

Grade The Soil For Building

If you plan to build a large shed, barn, or horse shelter, you'll want the soil prepared. In some cases, the soil may need to be compacted so you can use it as flooring. You might also want the land graded so rain drains away from your buildings and animal shelters.

Dig A Small Pond

A pond is useful on a farm, and you might be able to fill it naturally if the land excavating company can route drainage to the pond from your house, barn, and other buildings. You might need the company to dig trenches so you can install French drains to move water toward the pond.

Prepare The Land For Driving Paths

You may need driving paths put in so your pickup doesn't get bogged down in loose soil. The excavating company could prepare the paths like they would a driveway by compacting the soil and sloping the path so rain drains off. They can also dig out boulders and level the land along the path. This ensures you can get to any part of your property quickly by car or truck if you need to.

While you might do a lot of work yourself with a farm tractor or skid steer, land excavating services can clear the land much quicker with their heavy equipment. Once the land is cleared and prepared for your projects, you can take over and complete your small farm just the way you want.