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Seasoned Hardwood Provides the Basis for Clean-Burning Firewood

Landscape garden with veronica flowersIf their home has a working fireplace or wood stove, the homeowners can look forward to evenings spent enjoying the warmth and aroma of a roaring fire, especially on bitterly cold mid-winter weekends or over the holiday season.  There is something special about the crackle of wood burning in a fireplace while watching a movie or entertaining friends.

Unfortunately, many of these same homeowners are often frustrated when the fire does not live up to its expectations, so to speak; instead of roaring, crackling, and popping, it smoulders, does not remain lit, and/or gives off little in the way of heat or ambience.  In fact, one can almost hear these homeowners complain that the wood must be damp or wet or that it is not the right type for burning in a fireplace or wood stove.

To a certain extent, their laments are somewhat correct; however, it would perhaps be more precise to conclude that the wood has not been sufficiently seasoned for use.

Firewood that is not seasoned is, by default, too fresh/still too green for burning, hence the issues with setting it alight as well as smouldering and heat production.  Seasoned wood burns hot, most notably hardwood, but in order to attain such heat output, it must be split and allowed to dry for at least one year and perhaps up to two years.

Seasoned hardwood also burns slowly, providing a good return on the purchase of a cord or face cord for the winter.  Some of the best types of wood in this regard would include:

  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Beech
  • Maple
  • Birch
  • Oak

There are several characteristics that can help homeowners recognize when hardwood is sufficiently seasoned for burning in a fireplace or wood stove.  These features consist of:

  • Exterior is dark/gray in colour
  • Interior is white in appearance
  • Wood is brittle and full of cracks
  • Bark is peeling or loosely attached
  • Sharp sound when rapped together

Another very important reason to ensure that hardwood is seasoned/fully dried before it is used in a home fireplace or wood stove is the fact that it will burn clean.  This means that the intense heat and limited smoldering seen with seasoned hardwood minimizes the amount of creosote deposited in the flue/chimney, thereby significantly reducing a potential fire hazard for the homeowner and their family.

All firewood available from DreamWorks Tree Services is of the hardwood variety and it has been sufficiently seasoned before it is made available for purchase.  This will ensure that homeowners can enjoy the safe, clean-burning warmth of their fireplace or wood stove on many cold or damp days/nights throughout the year.  Call DreamWorks Tree Services at 647-261-2627 to obtain your seasoned clean-burning firewood today.

A Layer of Natural Wood Chips Offers Many Benefits for Both Soil and Plants

Stacked up firewoodsOne of the by-products of a tree cutting service is the accumulation of a sizable amount of natural wood chips, especially if the removal process includes stump grinding and/or the mulching of several small branches.  However, rather than just discarding the wood chips in landfill sites, they can be put to extremely good use in the gardens/plant beds of residential and commercial properties.

Covering these gardens/beds with a layer of wood chips offers a wide variety of benefits to the soil and the plant life, with very minimal effort on the part of the property owner. This range of benefits consists of:

  • Providing a concentrated source of carbon to help balance soil biology
  • Reducing water evaporation from the soil, minimizing the need to water
  • Absorbing moisture from the nighttime air and transferring it into the soil
  • Minimizing the growth of weeds – those that do grow can be easily pulled
  • Eliminating the need for fertilizers, lessening potential harm to soil microbes
  • Attracting earthworms, which in turn produce high levels of natural compost
  • Insulating the soil and hence moderating temperatures in summer and winter
  • Aesthetically-appealing – wood chips help to highlight gardens and tree bases

Within a few months of spreading an appreciable layer of wood chips in a garden or plant bed, there should be a noticeable improvement in the appearance and fertility of the soil. For additional information on the benefits of natural wood chips for the gardens about your property, call DreamWorks Tree Services today at 647-261-2627 to arrange a consultation at your convenience.

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