The Importance of Fence Clearing

More than Aesthetics, Fence Clearing Enhances Safety An Unkempt Fence Line Can Be Risky Business

Chances are the landscape around your entrances is well-maintained. But what about the perimeter of your property, specifically along your fence line? While the outer edges of your property might not need as much attention, overgrown brush, weeds, and bushes can quickly create unforeseen problems that can compromise safety and your budget.  Here’s the scoop on fence clearing.

An Unkempt Fence is Risky Business

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Unkempt fence lines pose as a risk to both your property and budget.

When plant material along your fence line gets out of control, so too does your exposure to risk. An unkempt fence line can provide fuel for a fire, making it easier for flames to spread across or to your property. It also makes it difficult for firefighters to have a clear access path around your entire property should they need to contain a fire.

While the consequences of overgrown brush aren’t always catastrophic, it can still hit you where it hurts—right in the budget. Fence clearing helps extend the life your fence; without it, branches can apply pressure that compromises the integrity of your fence, necessitating repairs or replacement. This presents a security issue as well, should any damage create openings that allow unwanted guests access to your property.

Finally, don’t forget about visibility. Maintaining good line of sight is important for the safety of all who frequent your property. Overgrown areas provide hiding spots for unwanted guests and serve as a collection spot for loose debris and litter. Removing excess brush helps prevent blind spots and obstacles that could cause vehicle accidents or pedestrian injuries.

How to Tame the Beast

Thankfully, there’s more than one way to tackle the problem. Here’s what you need to know to choose the right one for you:

Mechanical Methods

Among the most common methods are chainsaws, bulldozers, brush mowers and trimmers. Chainsaws, brush mowers and trimmers make the most sense when you want to selectively clear the fence—for instance, you wish to leave certain trees intact. When the job calls for a clean slate over a large area, bulldozers or front-end loaders may be required. The downside, however, is that heavy equipment like these can increase your chances of soil erosion, a risk your landscape provider can help assess. The other important pitfall to mechanical removal is that it’s not permanent. Eventually, whatever was removed will grow back. That’s where herbicides can come in handy.


Non-selective herbicides can be used to kill brush, making it easier to keep your fence line tidy. Options include both chemical and organic solutions. Apply during the active growing season (spring and summer), to make removing the dead brush a snap. Once your fence line is clear, the soil can be lined with landscape fabric to help keep weeds from growing in the future.

Whatever route you go, remember that fence clearing is not a one-and-done process. Your landscape provider can help create a vegetation management plan that makes the task more manageable—both in time and budget.

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Our Safety Commitment to You

Our Safety Commitment to You Holding ourselves accountable to be a leader in business performance, which includes, as the top priority, our safety performance

At BrightView, we believe it is our duty and responsibility to help ensure that every single employee arrives home safely to their family each day. The safety and well-being of our customers, visitors to your property, the general public, and our employees is our top priority. From the moment we gather at 6 a.m. for ‘stretch-and-flex’ to the moment we arrive on-site at your property, we are living out the safety promise we’ve made to each other and to our customers.

As an organization committed to constant improvement, we actively work to continue developing a best-in-class Safety Management System that results in zero injuries to our team members and injury rates well below the national industry average. BrightView is invested in a structured and disciplined safety excellence initiative that protects and fosters a safe environment. With safety managers assigned to every branch office, we take pride in conducting our business operations in a manner that helps to ensure the safety and well-being of our teams and the communities in which we operate.

BrightView is the landscape partner who believes safety is much more than the gear we wear – it’s woven into the fabric of our company.

Here are some frequently asked questions about our Safety Program:

  1. Does your organization have a dedicated EH&S Department?
  1. Yes, we are a center-led functional department with resources located throughout our geographic footprint.
  1. Do you have a written safety program?
  1. Yes, along with additional EH&S policies and procedures which relate to our industry work type.
  1. Does your organization have a written drug and alcohol policy?
  1. Yes, the program is managed by our Human Resources department.
  1. Has your organization been subjected to any inspections or citations from a regulatory agency?
  1. Yes, additional information can be made available upon request.
  1. Has your organization had a workplace fatality within the last three years?
  1. Yes, additional information can be made available upon request.

Landscape Management: How BrightView Does Safety

Landscape Management: How BrightView Does Safety BrightView's Jeff Herold discusses Daily Safety Game Plan
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BrightView uses the “Daily Safety Game Plan” to ensure that "No one gets hurt."

BrightView is committed to the safety of its team members, and with thousands of them coming to work each day across the United States daily, the company has defined and developed a “Daily Safety Game Plan.”

The plan begins the moment team members arrive in the morning and lasts until everyone steps foot into their homes at night.

To ensure safety, the “Daily Safety Game Plan” focuses on preparation for work, safe driving, individual work at each job site, and post-production.

“Our commitment to safety is reinforced through daily morning huddles and weekly tailgate meetings, new-hire orientations, and a buddy system for new team members,” said Jeff Herold, BrightView President, Landscape Maintenance.

To read the full article, visit Landscape Management.
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Landscape Management: OpX, Safety Go Hand-in-Hand

Landscape Management: OpX, Safety Go Hand-in-Hand BrightView launched OpX to implement standards across its maintenance division

More than 22,000 men and women work at BrightView, and the daily goal of the company is to make sure “No one gets hurt.”

There can be no compromise on safety and it’s a passion and a big part of the company. It has led BrightView to launch OpX, an initiative and a center of operational excellence. The goal of OpX is to develop and implement BrightView standards across its landscape maintenance division.

“Our intent was to establish a field-focused work group that allowed the maintenance organization to develop national standards and share best practices, tools, and training to accelerate our performance in the same way we have driven our safety program,” said Jeff Herold, BrightView President, Landscape Maintenance. “OpX begins and ends with safety. We will never stop striving for a zero-injury workplace.”

To read the full article, visit Landscape Management.
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