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Voices from Auckland, New Zealand.

Cost of Clearing, &c

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Cost of Clearing, &c.

All the available land in this Province is covered with fern, brushwood, or forest. It is now generally admitted that good timbered land gives a quicker and better return than the general run of open land.

The cost of clearing and laying down in grass heavily timbered land, allowing all trees above 3-feet diameter to stand, including fencing and the price of grass seed, has been found to be about £4 10s. per acre. The timber should be all felled previous to September, and burnt off in the month of March. In April, or as soon as the ashes are perfectly cooled, the grass seed may be sown upon the ashes; or if a crop of wheat is wanted, seed wheat may be sown in the same manner in June or July.