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We’re delighted to see the development of the city of Tulsa expanding where development didn’t before exist. While remaining sensitive to the ecological impact of development, the proper clearing of natural lands to make way for construction is crucial to the success of a project. Let’s take a look at why site clearing for construction sites is necessary and what goes into the process.

Why is Site Clearing Necessary?

What looks like a useless piece of land actually has enormous development potential. Just like priming surfaces to absorb paint, site clearing is necessary for construction crews to begin to make way for utility lines, building foundations, infrastructure, and much more. If proper site clearing does not commence, this can jeopardize the quality of the build and even prove to be dangerous for construction crews and visitors alike.

Clearing of Vegetation

One of the most common obstacles to construction on natural lands is the presence of large trees, bushes, and other forms of vegetation. Trees are typically cut down — either in sections or felled whole. The wood from felled trees is taken away to be recycled or appropriately discarded. Smaller trees and bushes can be pulled out using excavators or by hand. Remaining stumps from felled trees must be removed either by pulling or uprooting them using excavators with ripper attachments. Removing the remnants of trees is crucial in preparing the site for construction.

Clearing of Rocks

Even though it is known as “Tornado Alley”, the presence of basements or cellars in structures in Oklahoma is rare due to the rocky terrain just beneath the surface. This rocky terrain can also hinder construction projects. To prepare a construction site, larger rocks present in the soil are cleared from the site. This is done with the help of excavators with hammer and bucket attachments. While basements and cellars aren’t out of the question for Oklahoma structures, the rocky terrain does make them more of a challenge for construction crews. Still, this can be accomplished.

Clearing of Refuse & Debris

Lands that have not been developed or maintained may contain a fair amount of refuse or debris. This is due to either legal or illegal dumping. Before construction is to begin, all trash and debris has to be wholly removed. Once removed, crews do their best to separate any salvageable metals and recyclables in or to limit the amount of the refuse that will find its way into landfills.


It is sometimes difficult to see the full potential of a piece of undeveloped property if it is cluttered with vegetation, rock outcroppings, or trash. Once a site has been cleared, construction projects can begin to take shape. To ensure success, construction experts are necessary to professionally prepare natural lands for commercial or residential development while understanding the ecological impact of developing the space.

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