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Grubbed road with first layer of aggregate being applied

Grubbing or clearing is the removal of trees, shrubs, stumps and rubbish from a site. This is often at the site where a transportation or utility corridor, a road or power line, an edifice or a garden is to be constructed. Grubbing is performed following clearance of trees to their stumps, preceding construction.[1]

In animal behaviour grubbing is a feeding technique, referring to digging and uprooting of roots and rhizomes of plants. It is employed by geese, especially greater and lesser snow geese and Canada geese,[2] as well as swine.[3]


  1. ^ Kavanagh, Barr (2009). Surveying: Principles and Applications (Seneca College ed.). Prentice Hall. p. 252. ISBN 978-0-558-67562-2.
  2. ^ Kenneth F. Abraham; Robert L. Jefferies (1997). Arctic Ecosystems in Peril: Report of the Arctic Goose Habitat Working Group. Part II High Goose Populations: causes, impacts and implications (PDF) (Report). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service. p. 17. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  3. ^ Takacs, L. (1982). "Grubbing by Swine as a Means on Preparing the Soil on Swampy Ground". Tools and Tillage Kobenhavn. 4 (3): 155–157. Retrieved 14 November 2020.