There are several ways to control brush. Using a multi-method approach usually gets the best results.
Generally used on smaller cedar and mesquite, follow label directions to avoid harming yourself or desirable plants.
Contact experts and review material such as Brush Busters or AgriLife Extension publication B-1466(PDF, 2MB) for a more extensive list of plant species and how to control them.
FIRE: PRESCRIBED BURN
Fire is nature's way of controlling brush and it can improve range and forest health when used with other methods of control.
Burns can be very effective and cost efficient on cedar under five feet tall. A TDA certified and insured prescribed burn manager can help you develop a burn plan and conduct a safe and effective burn.
Although not preferred, it is possible to clear small cedar and other woody brush with goats. However, goats generally eat everything else first and should be used Dec. - Feb.
- Grubbing with a back hoe or specialized dozer blade is the preferred way to kill mesquite and red-berry juniper. Grubbing involves lifting the root crown above the ground.
- Equipment can simply remove all green limbs on cedar (ashe juniper or eastern redcedar) and the brush will die. This can be done with bobcat shears, a hydro-axe grinder or dozer blade.
Keep soil disturbance to a minimum. Heavy machinery can cause soils to erode, delaying reestablishment of grasses. Also, exposing rocks can cause future management problems.