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Good vs. bad topsoil

At first glance, most topsoil found in soil bags looks the same.

Unfortunately in many instances, it’s only until after you get your soil home that you realize it’s of poor quality and won’t be beneficial to your garden.

Even more frustrating is trying to return unsatisfactory topsoil. It can be a pain.

The best way to ensure that doesn’t happen to you is to know what makes superior topsoil before you purchase.

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What you’ll learn inside

Organized like an easy-to-follow checklist, How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil lists five crucial elements which make up the best triple mix soil for your garden:

  1. Colour
  2. Levels of organic matter
  3. Scent
  4. Texture
  5. Debris proportion

The importance of each of these factors is carefully explained, along with tips and hints you should look for when choosing topsoil.

How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil is the must-have, take-along resource you need each and every time you arrange for topsoil delivery right to your front door.

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Easy to read and stylishly designed, How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil helps clear up any misconception that “topsoil is just dirt.”

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Van Beek's Triple MixWhy high-quality topsoil is important

Premium triple mix soil is full of crucial vitamins, minerals and nutrients your plants, grass seed or flowers needs to grow.

If the soil product is lacking in any of these items, your garden won’t grow as strongly or as beautifully as it should.

And if the soil is really bad, your landscaping may not grow at all.

From calculating the right amount of soil you need to spreading it down properly, topsoil is perhaps the most essential element of your garden.

That’s why we put together How to Identify & Avoid Poor Topsoil; to ensure you get the best topsoil for your home right off the bat.

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Why choose Van Beek’s famous triple mix soil

Now that June is here, it’s the perfect time to spread fresh topsoil all over your gardens and tree beds (if you haven’t already).

And for over 50 years, our premium triple mix soil blend has beautified homes all over Oakville and Mississauga with: 

  • Naturally sterilized, weed-free composition
  • Organic testing for fertility and moisture content
  • Nutritional balance
  • Proper structure to promote root growth

Rich, dark and strong, our triple mix soil bags are the perfect starting point for this summer’s outdoor projects.

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Download our New eBook, Don’t Pick the Wrong Firewood for Your Home this Winter – for FREE!

It took a while, but the bone-chilling temperatures usually associated with winter have finally arrived.

Because it’s been so warm for so long, you may not have picked up your firewood from Van Beek’s Garden Supplies yet.

Fortunately, we have plenty of firewood available for you to enjoy all season long.

Additionally, we have a brand new eBook for you to download absolutely FREE: Don’t Pick the Wrong Firewood for Your Home this Winter.

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What you’ll learn

Different types of firewood create different types of fires.

In this FREE guide, you’ll discover what products to use to create the fireplace experience you want, including crackling fires, fast-burning fires or non-smoky fires.

Plus, you’ll also learn which firewood to steer clear of, so that you don’t throw money or time away as you create and enjoy your fire.

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Firewood box pileWhat type of firewood is available at Van Beek’s?

We carry a large selection of firewood, including:

  • Birch
  • Hickory
  • Oak
  • Cherry

Plus our specialized mixed blend of firewood, designed for easy starting and long-lasting burning.

We’ll deliver it right to you

If you live in:

  • Burlington
  • Oakville
  • Mississauga
  • Milton

We’ll bring our cords of high-quality firewood right to your home. No matter where you live in those areas.

All you have to do is contact us and tell us where to send your firewood.

We’ll give you a FREE quote on your order and work with you to arrange a delivery time and date that’s convenient for you.

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Once you have it, you’ll learn how to save time and money by picking the right wood for your needs the first time and every time.

 

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We look forward to helping you stay warm with the perfect fire all winter long.

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How to stop your property from flooding when the snow melts

Here in Ontario, we’re all familiar with cold, snow-heavy winters. Over time the buildup of snow can cover our yards and create massive drifts leaning up against the exterior walls of our homes.

While this may help to insulate us from subzero temperatures it can also cause serious flooding as all that snow melts in the early stages of spring. With a little foresight and prevention, you can avoid flooding in your home.

Flooding Damage

Before we get into prevention it’s important to know what the negatives are if flooding does occur:

  • water damage to furniture and floors
  • warped wood and floorboards
  • clogged drains
  • mold buildup
  • electrical issues
  • insurance claims and premium increases
  • etc.

The losses you can experience could even go beyond simple costs. Most families store photo albums, heirlooms, and priceless memories in their basements. Flood waters will find those keepsakes and destroy them if you’re not careful.

The time and money needed to clean up after a flood far outweighs the effort needed to stop the problem before it starts.

Tips to Prevent Flooding in Spring

Use these tips to keep help prevent flooding in your Ontario home. The majority of snowmelt happens in March and early April so pay attention to weather forecasts and get out ahead of the warmer weather.

Many of these tips will require heavy lifting or vigorous activity. Try spreading out the workload into stages or asking for help to avoid injuries.

  1. Shovel snow away from your foundation paying special attention to ground level windows and doors
  2. Clear drainage areas around your home of snow so water, if it does get in, can get back out
  3. Check for leaks in the walls, windows, and foundation of your home. Repair any cracks you find to keep the water out
  4. In warmer months inspect the grade around your house. Make adjustments when necessary to ensure that the ground slopes away from the foundation of your home
  5. Keep shoveled snow from your driveway and yard on your own property. Street drains need to stay open to do their job properly. The same principle applies to community catch basins
  6. Check the garden beds around your home and make sure they don’t create dams that retain water, forcing it towards your home. Extra garden soil may be required to fix this problem
  7. Inspect your roof and eavestroughs for ice and snow buildup. If you can’t safely do it yourself consider hiring a professional to do the work for you
  8. Remove snow and ice from the areas where your downspouts are and extend them by 2 metres or more to ensure excess water drains away from your home’s foundation
  9. If conditions are particularly bad and flooding seems like a real possibility employ sandbags around the foundation of your house to provide an additional defensive layer of protection
  10. If all else fails, get a water pump of appropriate size and start redirecting water toward gutters and street drains.

As with most things in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take the appropriate steps to protect your home this spring.

For professional help water-proofing your home contact Van Beek’s Garden Supplies

The 5 best choices for firewood in Ontario

There are many reasons why you might need to start a fire. Regardless if you’re lighting up the wood stove, a fireplace or cooking over the campfire you want to keep those embers burning with the best wood you can use.

There are a lot of top-notch firewood options in Ontario but before we start choosing there are a few pointers every fire enthusiast should know to make sure you’re getting properly seasoned wood ready for burning.

The telltale signs of seasoned firewood

A well-seasoned firewood has some obvious traits. If it’s done right, seasoned wood will be cut, split and piled for approximately one year to ensure a moisture content of 20% or less.

Well-seasoned wood will produce more heat, less smoke as well as less chimney buildup.

Unseasoned firewood is much harder to burn due to it’s higher moisture content and as a result, will smolder and sizzle when it’s put into the fire. The unseasoned variety of wood is harder to light up, will often produce more smoke than a properly seasoned version and will burn slower, throwing less heat in the process as it battles to evaporate its internal moisture.

Compounding the issues with unseasoned wood is the increase of creosote buildup in chimneys. The evaporating moisture binds with various off-gases, ash and natural oils as the wood burns and forms a layer of flammable and potentially dangerous material on your chimney walls.

Choosing the best wood is all for nothing if it hasn’t been properly seasoned.

5 Best Firewood Options

Birch: There are many varieties within the birch family of trees. Black, yellow and white birch are the most common, with the latter variety being the most recognizable with its paper-like bark. White birch also produces the least amount of heat (BTU’s) per cord.

  • White birch produces 20.2 million BTU’s for each cord
  • Yellow birch produces 21.8 million BTU’s per cord
  • Black birch produces 26.8 million BTU’s by the cord

Giving off a minimal aroma when burned, birch is an excellent option for your burning needs.

Hickory: Widely used to smoke various meats in BBQ because of it’s excellent flavour and aroma, hickory is also highly sought after as firewood due to its high energy content. Hickory is generally viewed as one of the top choices for firewood due to its dense fibers, it’s high burning temperature and slow burning speed. The only drawback is that I can be hard to get it burning.

  • Yellow birch produces 27.7 million BTU’s per cord

Oak: Similarly to Birch, Oak has many varieties, the best known being red and White Oak. Oak is very dense and is often used as sturdy building material. That density also translates well into high heat (BTU’s) and slow-burning speed.

  • White oak produces 26.4 million BTU’s by the cord
  • Red oak produces 24.6 million BTU’s for every cord

Cherry: Coming in at the low end of the energy spectrum, Cherry is well known for its excellent burning aroma, making it an ideal option for in-home burning.

  • Cherry produces 20.0 million BTU’s for every cord

Mixed bag: The only thing better than all of the woods listed above is all of them together in one package. Having a bit of each gives you options between different smells and burning temperatures.

If you’re looking for top-notch firewood in Southern Ontario contact Van Beek’s Garden Supplies and request a quote today.

Christmas Gifts for the Green Thumb

Have you decided on a Christmas present yet for that special someone in your life? If they are an active gardener, but yard work isn’t your style, it may be hard to know what to buy them this year. Start listening carefully to see if they complain about something that’s broken or not working right or if there is something they wish they had. Lots of gardeners are reluctant to spend money on new tools and garden gear. If you are still at loss, use the following list to get some ideas.

Pruners

A nice pair of hand pruners is the classic gift for the green thumb in your family. If all they have is low budget pruners from a big box home improvement store, get them some top of the line, high quality pruners. They really do work much better and last years longer. There are even left-handed and ergonomic models available.

A Garden BenchGarden bench in fall

Does your hard working gardener have a place to sit and relax? They may have patio furniture, but an ornamental bench for the garden or a quiet spot in the back yard can be a very special present. Garden benches can be as simple or ornate as you like, made from weather resistant wood or durable, powder-coated metal.

Garden Art

Every garden needs something that’s fun, whimsical or colourful to compliment the greenery. An artistic garden plaque, statuary or something unique from a local artist is a nice touch for a planting bed, vegetable garden or patio. Many plaques and signs can be customised or personalized to make them a perfect match for your gardener.

Landscape Construction Materials

If your green thumb gardener is an experienced do-it-yourself type, buy them some materials for their next landscape project. If they – or you – have been wanting a new walkway, garden bed or ornamental fence, providing the necessary materials may be just the encouragement they need to get started. Interlocking stone pavers, a stack of bagged soil mix or weathered cedar fencing posts and rails would all look nice in the driveway with a red ribbon on top.

Aromatic Firewood

Great Firepit at HouseFirewood may not sound like the kind of the thing you buy someone for Christmas, but, if your gift recipient enjoys sitting around the backyard fire pit on a cool evening, it might be the perfect present. Aromatic firewoods like cherry and hickory make fire pits even more enjoyable. You can have a load of firewood delivered directly to your – or their – home.

Backyard Firepit

If firewood sounded like a good idea, but there is no place to burn it, then get your gardener a backyard firepit. Wood burning fire pits are a safe and fun way to enjoy a backyard campfire. Most models are portable and have screened covers. There are steel and copper models in a variety of styles. Most are about 30 to 36 inches wide and designed to sit on a backyard patio.

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If you just can’t decide what to get the gardener in your family, there is always a gift certificate. Get one from Van Beek’s so he or she can get exactly what they want or need this year. And, you won’t have to worry about how to wrap a bag of topsoil mix or compost.

Give us a call today to request a quote on the garden supplies you want to give as a gift this year.

The Cost Savings of Do-It-Yourself Compared to Contractor Prices

Encouraged by a never ending stream of television shows that feature home renovation, landscape makeovers and other DIY projects, more and more homeowners are tackling backyard projects that, years ago, they likely would have hired a contractor to complete. Successful DIY projects will leave you with a sense of accomplishment, more money in your pocket and, most likely, a few sore muscles. If you are tempted to take on a weekend warrior, home landscape project, you may be wondering how much money you will save.

Contractor Costs

Contractor CostsThere are lots of factors that go into a landscape contractor’s cost proposal for a residential landscape job. The most obvious are the cost of materials and the cost of labour to do the work.

Like any small business, landscape contractors have administrative costs. They may have office staff; they definitely have equipment to maintain, taxes to pay and other costs associated with running a business. Of course, they also need to make a profit. All of these are reasons why you may be shocked when you look at a landscaper’s cost estimate for a patio or planting project.

When you add up your own costs for a DIY project, they will probably be about one-third of what you would pay a contractor. This is not a hard and fast rule- it could be a little more or a little less. The size of the project, access to your backyard and selection of materials can all impact a landscaper’s estimate.

Materials Estimates

Materials EstimatesAs you consider the cost savings of a DIY project, be sure you consider everything involved. You need to correctly estimate the amount of materials you need. Unless you have a big pickup truck, or you are dealing with a supplier that offers free delivery, you may be paying for material delivery or truck rental.

Time and Labour Estimates

Time and Labour EstimatesThough you are not paying wages for a DIY landscape project, you are investing time. For inexperienced landscapers, this is one of the most difficult things to estimate. In general, people underestimate the time a project will take by ½- so if you are prepared to spend one full weekend on your project, assume that it will take two. Make sure you are able to make the time commitment before you begin.

Landscape contractors have a qualified workforce and guarantee their finished work. Be sure you have the ability and know-how to do a good job, and do your research before you get started. Speak with your landscape supplier about your project- a good supplier will be familiar with the proper installation methods of their products. There are also lots of great resources available online and in book stores.

If you’re looking to start planning your DIY landscape project, come visit Van Beeks Garden Centre to discuss your needs with one of our knowledgeable staff.

When & How to Transplant Seedlings

Starting vegetable or ornamental plants indoors from seed is a great way to neutralize the last of the winter blues. It also provides a greater selection of vegetable or flower varieties than what is available at the local nursery. After germination, the next step is to prepare your seedlings for the outdoors.

When to Transplant

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A few weeks after germination, your seedlings may be ready for transplanting, but the weather may be unsettled yet. In southern Ontario, the last spring frost usually occurs in May. It does not hurt to wait a bit longer before moving your seedlings to their permanent home however.

Counting True Leaves

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If full-spectrum grow lights were used after germination, then your seedlings are likely to be robust. Seedlings grown without lights or a sunny window may be tall but a little stringy. Knowing when your seedlings are ready for transplanting is easy though.

Count the number of true leaves on each plant. True leaves are leaves that form after the cotyledons, which are the first two leaves you see immediately after germination. The cotyledons are rounder and thicker than the true leaves that emerge later. If you count four or more true leaves, then the seedling is developed enough for transplanting.

Hardening Off

Preparing your seedlings for life outdoors is accomplished via a process known as hardening off. Hardening off allows the seedlings to adjust gradually to full sun and varying temperatures. The first step is to withhold fertilizer. Over a week to 10 days, set the seedlings outdoors during the day away from wind and full sun. A cold frame is ideal for this period. Day by day, allow the seedlings more sun except for any plants that happen to thrive in shade.

Transplanting Steps
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After hardening off, your seedlings are more robust but still fragile. Take care when handling them to avoid damage to the stem or roots. Wash your hands before handling them to eliminate any damaging plant pathogens.

Prepare small holes in the outdoor garden with spacing appropriate for full size plants. Make the hole a few inches deeper than the length of the root ball and fill it halfway with the same soil used to grow the seedling. Carefully suspend the seedling in the hole and place soil around the roots until the hole is filled. Press the soil around the seedling gently but firmly so that there is a small basin around the base of the plant.

For the first couple of weeks after transplanting, apply liquid fertilizer sparingly. The fertilizer should be half-strength compared to what you would apply to a mature plant. Keep an eye on your new plants to make sure their roots are moist but do not overwater them. Some drooping is normal after transplanting and during mid-day.

Transplant Later Rather Than Sooner

Do not be too eager to transplant seedlings outdoors. Waiting for warmer, drier weather increases the chances for lush, healthy plants. Planting too early may diminish their ability to fight off disease.

If you have a transplanting question, or are in need of garden supplies, visit Van Beek’s Garden Supplies today.

Germinating Seeds in Soil versus Paper Towel

Germinating your own garden seeds instead of purchasing seedlings is fun and saves you money to boot. However, seeds are delicate and may require coddling during germination and when transplanting them to their final location. There are two popular home gardener methods for germinating seeds:

  • A germination bed made from moistened paper towel or filter paper
  • Planting seeds directly in a small amount of soil or soil-less starter mix

Starting Seeds in Soil

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Unless you have a hydroponic garden, the soil is where your seeds are destined to live after sprouting. Starting your seeds directly in small pots or seedling trays filled with a good quality soil will eliminate one transplanting step. The soil must be sterilized, light and loamy so that it fosters an environment where air and moisture move freely and is free from diseases.

Plan to water soil germinated seeds from underneath. Top watering can disturb the seed and lead to overwatering. Use porous pots or pots with holes in their base. Set these in a pan that will hold about one inch of water. The soil will be uniformly moistened as it wicks up the water from below. When germinating seeds in soil, it is easy to plant them too deeply. Small seeds should have only a light covering of soil, whereas larger seeds should be no more than one-half of an inch below the soil.

Paper Towel Germination

Paper towels, filter paper or even newspaper provides an excellent medium for germinating seeds. They are pathogen-free and make it easy to control the moisture content for proper germination. This method also takes the guesswork out of knowing if your seeds have germinated since you can easily observe them.

Paper-Towel-Germination

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To use this method, tear a paper towel in half and moisten one of the halves. Place four or five seeds on half of the paper and fold the other half over the seeds. Blow open a clear, sandwich size zip-close bag. Place the paper with seeds inside and reseal the bag. Set the bag anywhere out of direct sunlight that stays at room temperature. The bag acts like a miniature greenhouse that retains heat and moisture. You should observe seeds sprouting in about five to seven days.

The biggest drawback to the paper towel method is that the delicate, sprouted seeds must be transplanted manually to soil or another moisture-holding medium such as vermiculite. The main root is very delicate and should not be touched. Use tweezers on the seed body or the cotyledons when moving them to moist soil.

Do not push the seed into the soil. Instead, make a hole in the soil for the entire root, hold it in place and push soil gently over it. If the seed is already showing true leaves, make sure those remain above the soil. In a few weeks, the seedlings should be ready for outdoor planting if the weather has warmed up.

Learn more from the experts at Van Beek’s-stop by one of our locations today to speak to expert staff and pick up the supplies you need.

How to Set Up an Indoor Planting Station

Before winter ends, get a jump on your next garden by starting seeds or cuttings indoors. Creating an indoor planting station that provides the right amount of light, temperature and humidity ensures your garden gets off to a healthy start.

Rack and Bench

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A table about six feet in length is enough to hold a few seed trays and provide a preparation area. If you plan on more than a few trays or you will be making starts throughout the growing season, then prepare a unit with several shelves that is open on all sides.

Simple shelves made from lumber will work, but plastic shelves are easier to clean. You need a separate bench or table for seed tray preparation. If you add doors to the bottom section of your shelves, you can store your soil, tools and other supplies there.

Seed Trays and Soil

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There are several kinds of seed starting medium. Here are two popular options:

  • Plastic seed trays – These typically come in trays with 72 cells into which you add your own soil or starting mix.
  • Dehydrated Coir Pellets – These have the soil and container combined. Set a pellet in water and it expands into a tiny mesh pot that is perfect for planting one or two seeds. When the seedlings are ready, they can be planted directly in the outdoor garden.

Most seeds germinate well in a light, loamy soil mix made from organic materials. It is essential that the soil is sterilized to ensure no pathogens or viable weed seeds are present. A common recipe for mixing your own soil is 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 perlite and 1/3 milled sphagnum moss.

Lighting

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Seeds do not need light to germinate but sufficient light is critical once they begin to sprout. You can use a combination of warm and cool fluorescent bulbs or use a single all-spectrum light. Avoid incandescent bulbs as they radiate too much heat. Keep the lights two inches from sprouting seeds. They should receive about 16 hours of light per day, which you can control via a plug-in timer.

Temperature and Humidity

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Different plant seeds have their own ideal germinating temperature, but an average temperature of 25 Celsius works well for most seeds. Once the seeds have sprouted, normal room temperature is perfect. Soil temperature is more important than air temperature. You can maintain an even soil temperature with a heating mat.

Most sprouts do best with modest humidity. Humidity can be provided with a clear plastic cover over the sprouts. Remove the cover once or twice a day for air exchange. A mister can be used to provide a gentle dose of humidity throughout the day also.

Find All Your Indoor Planting Supplies in One Place

Starting seeds indoors is less expensive than buying starts, and you will have a wider selection of varieties. It is also a terrific way to get your green thumb moving before the last frost arrives.

Van Beek’s Garden Supplies have all the materials and tools you need to put together a quality seed and propagation station. Visit our Burlington or Oakville locations to pick up your supplies and receive guidance from our knowledgeable staff.

What Kind of Wood is Best for Fireplaces or Stoves?

Renewable, High Energy Fuel

Firewood as a heat source is superior to fossil fuels in that it is a renewable energy source. The energy for trees to grow comes directly from the sun. After it is cut, more can be grown on the same land. Well-seasoned firewood, especially hardwood species, has high energy content that can supply winter warmth to a modestly sized house from a single, high-efficiency stove. The energy density between firewood species varies however. Besides the amount of relative heat given off, there are other properties of firewood you should bear in mind.

Firewood Energy Density


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The amount of heat that can be produced by firewood is typically measured as MBTU, which is millions of British Thermal Units , per bush cord. In general, hardwoods supply the most MBTUs per cord, such as ash, oak, hickory and beech. Softer woods such as pine, spruce and cedar give off about a third less heat than hardwoods in general. One exception is Douglas Fir, which has an MBTU rating comparable to oak or ash.

The MTBU ratings below are for firewood that has been seasoned at least one year. Green firewood gives off significantly less heat, but is suitable fuel for smoking foods.

Hardwood MBTU per bush cord


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Hickory 27.7
White Oak 25.7
White Ash 23.6
White Birch 20.3
Cherry 20.0

Softwood MBTU per bush cord

Douglas Fir 24.5
Tamarack 20.8
Jack Pine 17.7
Spruce 14.5
White Cedar 12.2

Other Characteristics of Firewood

Energy density is not the only attribute of firewood that should be considered when selecting which species to use for your stove:

  • Hardwood – usually more difficult to start than softwood, harder to split, no heavy smoke and throws off few sparks, burns longer once started and provides more heat.
  • Softwood – easier to start, burns quickly, easy to start, more smoke than hardwoods and throws off more sparks.

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Especially if you are going to burn wood in a fireplace, it is important to choose firewood that does not throw off a lot of sparks, which excludes most softwoods.

Some people also appreciate the aesthetic qualities of firewood besides the warm, crackling glow in their fireplace or stove. Hickory and cedar both give off pleasing aromas as they burn especially when used in the fireplace.

An important, but seldom considered, aspect of purchasing firewood is the advantage of buying your firewood locally. Local wood costs less and does not introduce non-native wood pests to your area.

Mixed Cords

Mixed cords can consist of both hardwood and softwood. The softwood makes it easier to be split and seasoned to start fires with kindling. The hardwood is to keep the fire lasting longer with more heat.

Our Mixed Blend cord of firewood consists of both fast and slow burning hardwood firewood including maple, birch, beech, and oak.They are properly seasoned to increase the ease of starting, the brightness of the flame, and yield longer-lasting flame and heat every time.

Contact us today to place your order for delivery.