We cleared an area (approx. 1.5 acres) that had been in the early years of succession about one year ago. Most of the area now is weeds (goldenrod) with some small 1" - 2" stumps scattered throughout it. Has anyone planted an area like this with only cutting the stumps off at ground level (go around them with disk) or should we spend the money and have a backhoe / small dozer come in and push everything off? We were worried that by doing this we would lose some topsoil. We plan to spray the area with Roundup within the next few weeks. Remember as I stated in another post this week, we are rookies at this. Thanks.