Land Clearing Problems

We’ve Seen More Land Clearing Problems Than You’d Believe

Confidence is growing and it’s beginning to look like we are turning around in many parts of the country following a solid decade of bad economic news.  When the construction industry begins showing signs of recovery, you know things are looking up.  🙂

So, if you’ve been thinking about cleaning up some property to build your dream home on, building a pond or lake, engineering drainage or a pasture, this may very well be the perfect time to get started.

Ahh, the history of an old East Texas logging road
Ahh, the history of an old East Texas logging road

Before you begin your land clearing project, remember that you may run into challenges you didn’t expect.

Here Are Some Examples Of Land Clearing Issues

  • Abandoned vehicles – Occasionally, landowners will find that someone broke down on their lot and just left their vehicle right where it broke down! If this happens to you? You should know that, according to Texas law, a vehicle is considered abandoned if it has set on private property for 48 hours without being moved. If this is the case, then you should copy the license and VIN numbers down and contact the DMV. They will be able to tell you who the owner is. At that point, you can contact them and request they move the car or truck. If they fail to do so, or if you can’t find them, then the next step is to call the police. They will arrange to have the vehicle removed and impounded, at which point it’s no longer your affair, unless you wish to take possession of it yourself. If you do, you will need to attend the law enforcement auction where it will be sold. If you place the highest bid, then the car or truck is yours.
  • Fire ants – These little devils are the scourge of the Lone Star State, and it’s entirely possible you may run into them while clearing a piece of land.  They’re infamous for destroying native plants, making their way into wiring and plumbing systems, invading homes, and in extreme cases, killing pets, children, or even adults. If you discover them on your property, then your best option is to call a professional exterminator with the tools and equipment necessary to eradicate them. If you insist on doing the job yourself, experts recommend that you first scatter granular ant poison widely across your acreage, especially concentrated in the region where they have built their mounds. The ants will carry it back to the nest and feed it to the queen; then they will begin to die. After this, you can follow up with a mound poison for continued control. You should know that, to be truly effective, you should be prepared for a lengthy campaign. Six weeks is usually the minimum time it takes to get control of a fire ant infestation. For more facts, including specific recommendations on insecticides and extermination methods, visit This is a site maintained by Texas A&M University, with extensive information on fire ant control.
  • Squatters – The more remote or unused your land is, the more probable that you will discover someone has taken up residence on it. If so, things can get pretty crazy, because removing them can be a very tricky matter, due to what is known as “adverse possession.” In fact, if they have been residing there for a while and/or have farmed or otherwise improved the acreage, you might not be able to get rid of them – legally, that is. If you discover unauthorized persons living on your property, contact an attorney well versed in real estate law as soon as possible. He or she can advise you of your options and suggest a course of action.

Sometimes clearing your lot, or land is a simple matter of picking up some trash and raking a few leaves. Other times, your Texas land clearing project may involve extensive tree removal or other tasks best left to professionals.  That is where we come in.

Through the many services offered by Daniel Dean Companies, you have the peace of mind that comes with expert, Land Clearing, Timber logging, Commercial and Residential Construction Site Prep, Retention/Detention Pond Construction, Storm Water Management, Road Building, Culvert Installations and more.

We’ve been told that calling us, it’s like calling your best friend. 

Expert consultation provided by Daniel Dean at: 281.356.3326