clearing a bit of woodland
i recently purchased over twenty acres of woodlands in upstate new york. i have spent the past year exploring the young forest, marking out paths and getting a lay of the land. i plan on being a responsible steward to my woods and making sure everything stays healthy. our house is on a little manicured lawn that runs fairly close to the woods.
what i want to do is simple. i want to expand our yard around fifty to one hundred feet into the woods. i want to keep the large trees and clear out everything else. remarkably it is already pretty clear. there are very few shrubs and around five saplings for every large tree. the floor is covered with leaves and a few fallen branches.
i was wondering if i could remove the leaves (and yes, i know the benefits of leaves on a woodland floor), the small sapling and fallen limbs and create more of a park-like setting between my woods and my lawn.
and, of course, what the best, safest, most responsible way to do this is.