Part of having soil work done on your land is keeping it mowed/cleared/clean for about 3-4 months. We are only able to evaluate the suitability of the site if we can see the physical features of the land. This means that if the site is in pasture or open land, it must be at least bush hogged (mowing is preferable). If the site is wooded, it must be clear of underbrush (anything less then 2" in diameter) enough to see clearly 50 feet in any direction.
We will only be able to evaluate the areas that we can see clearly. If you have a larger tract of land and would like guidance on where to clear before we arrive, please email me. The basic rule of thumb is the more you clear, the better evaluate your property and get you the best possible outcome.
The type of equipment that you use is important as well. Mowers, bush hogs, forestry mulchers (on rubber tracks only), string trimmers, and anything else that does not disturb the topsoil more than an inch or two deep are acceptable and have a low risk of creating too much disturbance on a site. Bulldozers, anything on metal tracks, pulling stumps, or any other process that disturbs more than two inches of the topsoil could cause enough damage to make a site unusable.
Once a preliminary soil evaluation has been conducted, you can concentrate your efforts on the designated area and a buffer of about 100 feet all the way around it. This area must stay mowed/cleared/clean until you have an approved soil map by the Williamson County Septic Department. Please see the PROCESS page for more information. Failure to keep an area mowed may result in longer wait times (an potentially extra charges) due to surveyors, soil scientists, and county employees not being able to navigate the site and see what is needed to complete the job.
After the surveyor sets the grid for soil mapping, don't let your stakes get knocked over. Setting metal fence posts (T-posts) right next to stakes soon after they are set in the ground by the surveyor is the best way to ensure that the grid stakes stay intact. If you have horses or cattle in the area, you need to protect your stakes IMMEDIATELY as they have a tendency to knock them over and even pull them out and toss them (not joking). Temporarily fencing the area off is also an option, but if you want to continue grazing the area, setting T-posts is the best bet. If your stakes do get knocked over, it is possible that the surveyor will have to come out and re-set the stakes. You should anticipate them charging you for this.