Stuart Sealey, owner and director, is a fully qualified Agricultural Engineer from England. Arrived in Australia in 2002 to backpack around the farm cropping season operating “big tractors” starting in Mukinbuden WA. From here he worked as a mechanic in a small country town called Donald, progressing to business develop manager for a large Ag and Construction machinery dealer. He then created a company with his former employers to create the largest regional Ag dealer for JCB equipment in Australia.
In 2008 as the GFC added pressure to the Bluegum MIS failure, Stuart identified the need for failed MIS plantations to be remediated back to agricultural land and created the ultimate vision is to “SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE AUSTRALIA’S PRIMARY PRODUCTION CAPACITY THROUGH INNOVATION” Our innovative custom built machines made this possible and led the industry. Now commercial manufacturers have caught up and can supply machinery, we can concentrate on the service we provide not the machinery.
We have successfully remediated over 5500 ha of land which is back to full agricultural production.
As our ability to concentrate on services we provide, we have ability to provide turn-key land clearing and vegetation management solutions. Our team has been built by dedicated hard working capable people who proudly wear our brand, knowing they are part of why our brand is recognised. National Mulchers is dedicated to providing the most efficient site-specific solution to ex forestry plantation remediation, powerline easement maintenance, re-growth mulching, gorse clearing, construction site clearing, fire breaks, vegetation management and more.
National Mulchers provides the most controlled solution to returning ex bluegum and pine plantations back into productive high value agricultural land.
Our services are not limited to ex forestry remediation work, we have successfully completed mulching work for the South Australian Government on Kangaroo Island, standing plantation mulching for Ballarat Gold Mine and stump grinding for NACAP on the ESSO Longford Pipeline job in Gippsland.
GPS monitoring, productivity reporting allows us to work multiple sites simultaneously whilst having real time access to progress.
Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) are amongst our routine control measures.
At the completion of bluegum or pine plantation harvesting, we use our powerful, application specific machinery to grind the stumps to a given specification below ground level. All of the root matter and trash in the path of the machine is ground and mulched into the soil structure in one pass. Typically the grinding depth is 100mm below original ground level. This creates a consistent seed bed and ensures there is no regrowth from the stump. Productivity is between 1 acre and 1 hectare per hour.
VEGETATION MANAGEMENT AND LAND CLEARING
We own and operate our industry leading high powered, safe ergonomic, track mounted mulchers. A single machine can fell, mulch and level a area of vegetation in preparation for commercial, industrial or domestic projects. Powerline, pipeline construction, ROW and service roads.
FIRE BREAKS AND FOREST FUEL REDUCTION
The creation and maintenance of fire breaks is a crucial part of keeping Australia safe. Our machines clear paths, roads, access roads and fire breaks by mulching the vegetation and incorporating it into the top soil which fast tracks the natural process of decomposition. This also creates a manageable path for future vegetation maintenance using lighter machinery.
STICK RAKING AND TRASH CONTROL
The stick raking pass collects nearly all of the trash and debris which has been dropped on the ground during harvest and forms windrows. These windrows can sometimes be burnt depending on result and local conditions or we mulch them with a different machine
BROADACRE AND PLANTATION MULCHING
When the windrows of trash have been formed we use our mulching machines to mulch the debris into the ground where it will decompose into the soil structure
The disc ploughing serves two purposes, 0ne, break up the top soil (as the ground would not have been cultivated for over 10 years) and to provide loose dirt to level. It will also break up and of the smaller sticks and trash which get left behind when raking
LIME AND FERTILISER APPLICATIONS
We have consistently found that the ground after a Bluegum rotation required the same inputs as the neighbouring ground which has not had trace elements applied for long periods. There is no evidence to suggest that the bluegum plantation removes soil elements any worse than a normal cropping cycle
This is recommended where improved pasture or cropping programs follow the remediation process. The levelling provides a more consistent seed bed, reduce air gaps and maximise seed germination. This is also naturally provides the benefits of level ground for agricultural practices in general.
CROP AND GRASS SEEDING
At the completion of all previous passes the land is immediately available for a normal agricultural cropping or pasture program relevant to the season timing. There is absolutely no requirement for settling time or waiting period until production can start.