The phrase "land clearing" involves a range of different applications and terms. In many cases, site clearance refers to secondary vegetation clearance and clearance for construction. This may involve forest clearance for areas intended for use such as wind farms, parks, road construction or golf courses.
It may also include applications such as the removal of windblown timber or burnt areas, preparation work for surface mining and of equal importance, amenity areas. Site clearance can also be considered in plantations, arboretums, horticulture and landscaping.
When clearing large areas, no selective mulching takes place, as large areas or parcels with a range of different types of vegetation are processed by the mulcher. In many areas of the world, other methods are used for the same purpose, such as slash and burn, chaining or simply bulldozing the area. When these methods are used, vegetation is uprooted by bulldozers or stretched chains, and then burned or buried. In contrast to these methods, mulching is the process with the lowest degree of intervention in the ecosystem. Whether mulchers or rotorvator are used, the shredded biomass remains and greatly improves the fertility of the soil.