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We were excited to build on our new hilltop, but more than a little sickened at the thought of letting loose the dozers, leaving a big naked scar and creating a runoff nightmare. It was amazing how quickly V&V opened up our building site and viewscape with their mulching equipment. They left select hardwoods standing that’ll spring up quick without having to compete with all the weed trees and invasives that were taken down. The mulch is thick, springy, and smells wonderful. We like walking on it and thinking of how its feeding the soil and getting it ready for the fruit trees and vegetable gardens we’ll plant in a few years. We feel very lucky to have learned about mulching as an alternative to traditional clearing methods. It allowed us to enhance and sustain the natural habitat and not destroy it, so we could feel good minimizing our impact while building.

Erik Haagensen and Luba Sharapan
October 2009