(Left) Rad is pictured with his mulching machine. (Above) A hillside can be seen prior to Rad’s clearing and mulching and afterwards (right, bottom).
As of Tuesday, February 13, 2018
COTTONWOOD Do you have overgrowth in your fields or on your property that needs cleaned? Some underbrush you may like to reduce before fire season? Eli Rad is your man.
Eli Rad, Rad Mulching and Fire Reduction, LLC, has been a co-owner in the business for the past decade and recently became the sole owner.
“I clean up overgrown ground and timber, turning it from a tangly, unhealthy overgrown mess into a clean park,” Rad explained. He can also take a CRP field — old farm ground now used for pasture — that is full of brush back into clean useable pasture or farm ground.
Rad’s services assist in making a healthier forest and making more clean, recreational and usable areas as well as offering fire protection by reducing fuels for fires on timber ground and around homes.
About 10 years ago, Rad and his father decided to buy a machine and start a business mulching, he said.
“The need for this was going up and not many people do it,” he explained. “Also, we have quite a bit of timber ground we wanted to clean up. We have been mulching since 2010, and in the last few years we have slowed down a lot doing jobs here and there for private people in Idaho County. I decided to buy the company and really get back at it.”
Rad said there are a lot of places in Idaho County that are becoming overgrown with brush, and “a handful of timber ground is starting to get out of control,” he said.
“The sooner you get to it, the cheaper it will be and the easier it will be to get it back to a heathy, beautiful timber,” he said.
Rad uses an industrial forestry machine with “lots of power,” he said — 100hp with 45 GPM hydraulic flow.
He said it has low ground pressure and gets around well, with rubber tracks, “so the ground disturbance is very minimal,” he said.
Rad will travel throughout the region year-round and can be reached by calling or texting 208-507-0577. Free estimates are available.