Shearing is a common method of site preparation. This method cuts stumps at or below ground level. The sheared area can then be piled and prescription burned. This will reduce debris prior ro planting and reduce the number of unwanted hardwood sprouts.
Debris severed at the stump is pushed into piles or windrows. Once piled, prescribed burning can be used to burn the piles or windrows prior to planting or pasture conversion.
Bedding is a site preparation method to plow up soil much like in agriculture except the top of the row is packed down. This method is used to improve seedling survival on in wetter soils.This method is often combined with shearing and facilitates easier planting for reforestation.