We slash areas of vegetation starting in late summer each year. Slashing is favored in places where we don't want to damage existing trees and shrubs, or where it is unsafe to burn, such as near the house.
In order to use a slasher, we have to move smaller logs and branches. Logs can be dragged to a convenient place, while we collect up the fallen branches and pile them up, well away from trees, where they provide cover for animals and birds.
Phil slashes the vegetation with a tractor, nimbly manouvering the slasher around trees and shrubs. Our older trees have fire damage from the past and plentiful hollows, dead branches and loose bark that make them a fire hazard.
Phil uses a brush cutter to cut the vegetation round the base of trees and shrubs. We then rake up the cut vegetation and either take it away in wheel barrows to use as mulch in the regeneration areas, or create windrows to burn the slash debris on site.
If an area to be burnt or slashed includes woody shrubs such as the weed Acacia longifolia, or native shrubs Leptospermum scoparium and Melaleuca squarrosa, that hold persistent fruit, we can cut them at ground level and cart them back to a bonfire near the house. This avoids them shedding their seed and creating a dense cover of seedling woody shrubs, if that is not the desired outcome.
The bonfire spot is near the house where we can easily keep an eye on it - and cook our potatoes in the evening!