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Know Your Firewood – 5 Tips for Dallas Residents

Friday, October 29, 2010 @ 09:10 PM  posted by admin

T’is the season!

Here are 5 tips for knowing – and choosing – the right firewood:

1. Know what a cord of wood is.

Firewood is usually purchased by the cord and measures 4 feet high by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long. No matter where you live, these cord dimensions are standard.

2. Create a comparison chart for cord prices.

The price of a cord will vary depending on where you live in the country and if you’re buying green or dry firewood. Check with several wood dealers in your area and ask for their price list.

3. Measure your fireplace or wood-burning stove before you bring home firewood.

The standard length for a cord is 16 inches. There are some wood-burning stoves which can take cords up to 20 inches or more.

4. Purchase firewood from sources you trust.

Always buy your firewood from a dependable dealer who’s in the business of supplying quality wood. Construction wood scrap might be good for a backyard burn on occasion, but it can’t take the place of seasoned firewood that crackles and warms the hearts of those gathered around the fireplace on a chilly evening.

5. Research Your Firewood.

Maple, elm, and oak are hardwoods that will burn longer, produces longer lasting coals and generate more BTUs of heat.

  • Firewood FAQs
  • Firewood comes in two categories: hardwood or softwood.
    Hardwood produces more heat and less smoke.
  • If cutting firewood, wait until after the tree sheds its leaves.
    Hickory, white oak, red oak and maple oak are generally hard to split.
    A cord measures 2 x 4 x 16.
  • Seasoned firewood should have less than 30% moisture content.
    All hardwoods do not necessarily make good firewood.

Autumn is special because we get to experience pumpkin goodness, golden-bronzed leaves falling from tree limbs, colorful wool sweaters, fall road trips, a hot cup   of our favorite soup and long thoughtful stares into a heart-warming fireplace.

Make autumn even more special by knowing your firewood. But if you need a little help or you want to buy quality firewood, call the experts who know trees inside and out.

Dallas area residents are invited to call Walt today for a free estimate of any tree services needed or firewood cord prices at 214-450-8720, or email him at walt [at] wausontreeservice [dot] com.

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Seasoned Firewood – All the Important Essentials

Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 06:10 PM  posted by admin

It’s that time of the year again; a time for snuggling up close to those we love in front of a hearth of warm burning embers.  These are special moments, and to make the most of it, it’s best to use well-seasoned, freshly cut firewood. Firewood that is freshly cut is slow to burn, and it may give off less heat than seasoned firewood. And the use of green firewood can cause a buildup of creosote, which has the potential to cause a fire in your home.

How to Tell if Firewood is Seasoned

Seasoned firewood has an aged look. First, the ends of split wood or the sides will be grayish in color from exposure to the weather. Fresh cut wood is light or white in color.  Second, the bark of seasoned firewood is loose.  And third, the ends of an aged log are usually cracked or splitting.  You can always opt to buy aged wood this year
for next year’s use. That way, it’ll be seasoned when the time comes.

Tips for Stacking Cut Wood

Cutting firewood can be great exercise, but it can also be a challenge if your body isn’t used to strenuous activity. If you’re bringing home wood to stack, make sure you stack the wood tight with a tarp covering to keep moisture out.  Also keep in mind that stacking wood for too long a period can increase the chances of insect and disease
conditions.

Make Sure Aged Wood Stored in the Home is Safe

Insects burrowed deep in aged wood can become a serious problem. Boring insects can emerge from the wood as adults and become airborne tyrants. Wood roaches and wood boring beetles can also become pesky challenges if unknowingly brought into your home.  Little holes in firewood are a sure sign that a burrowing insect is in the midst.  And perhaps the biggest culprits are termites, who can emerge and cause
damage to an entire home if left unchecked.

Wauson Tree Service, in addition to providing excellent services that can protect and prolong the life of your property’s shrubs and trees, now sells seasoned firewood.

And we know our firewood just like we know our trees. Don’t stress the bodily wear and tear of having to cut your own firewood, when you can purchase 1 cord, 1/2 cord, or 1/4 cord from the professionals at Wauson Tree Service.

 Winter and the holiday season is just around the corner. Get prepared!

Call Walt today for a free estimate of any tree services needed at 214-450-8720, or email him at walt [at] wausontreeservice [dot] com.

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Worried about Insects Harming Your Shrubs and Trees?

Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 09:10 PM  posted by admin

If you’re worried about insects harming your shrubs and trees, you’re not alone by any means. Each year, insects cause injury and damage to millions upon millions of shrubs and trees. Defoliating and sucking of sap are the two most common means of how insects can launch an assault and retard plant and tree growth.

The loss of tree sap weakens the structures of trunks and trees; thus causing stress disorder or pathogen. Insects are also know to be the carrier of diseases, which can have a harmful effect on trees already weakened by the loss of sap. Keep in mind thought not all insects are harmful to your trees. Nature has provided little helpers that help with pollination and guard against the predatory acts of more harmful insect species.

How Insects Feed

Insects are divided into three categories with respect to their method of feeding: boring, sucking or chewing. It’s tough for the average person to know the potential patterns of damage each insect group can cause. That’s why it’s wise to consult a professional tree expert (arborist) to identify and suggest treatment.

Be on the lookout for the following signs:

* Chewed leaves, flowers, buds or twigs. This condition is easy tospot by the uneven or broken margins on the leaves.

* Plant or leaf discoloration. Sucking insects’ feed by inserting their beaks (proboscis) into the soft tissue of twigs, leaves and branches.  Aphids and leaf-hoppers are just two examples of these kinds of insects. Plants and tree leaves will show a noticeable lack of vigor when this occurs.

* Tree bark laden with larvae or holes. Insects that bore spend the majority of their time beneath the bark of a tree as larvae. When they become adults, they continue the cycle of mating and laying eggs. The “Bark Beetle” is notorious for destroying millions of acres of pine
trees across America.

One way or another, nature is going to have its way in the world. Quite often, the only thing we can do is admire it and get out of its way.  But this doesn’t mean you can’t put up a fight to defend your property. If you’re concerned insects might be damaging your plants, trees and shrubbery, give the tree experts at Wauson Tree Service a call today.

Call Walt today for a free estimate at 214-450-8720, or email him at walt [at] wausontreeservice [dot] com.

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Dallas City Code Compliance and Your Property

Thursday, October 7, 2010 @ 08:10 PM  posted by admin

A city’s code compliance policies, and certainly those of Dallas, are enacted for the benefit of everyone. Code compliance laws are enacted and enforced to make sure the level of public safety is enhanced and that the city benefits from the resulting aesthetic value.

Dallas’s City Code Compliance division is responsible for enforcing numerous ordinances related to zoning, housing, litter, weed control, parking and animal control.

The following is a partial list of areas that Dallas Code Compliance covers:

• Bulk trash
• Litter or high grass and weeds
• Obstructions
• Graffiti
• Junked motor vehicles on a property
• Substandard structures
• Open or vacant structures
• and more

As you can imagine, Dallas is kept quite busy enforcing its compliance codes. And for the property owner, life can become a challenge when litter and obstructions create unsafe conditions. While a property owner can’t control Mother Nature, he or she is still responsible for any damage caused. Storms, high winds and flash floods can leave a lot of damage in the wake. When this happens, the search for a reputable lot clearing service begins.

We understand the frustrations and challenges people go through when emergencies arise. But those are the times when a cool mind and reason should take over. While many people choose to go it alone and attempt to clear their properties based on an assumption of what they believe the city’s code compliance laws to be, others choose to call expert arborists who have a great deal of experience in offering tree and lot clearing services with respect to those laws.

Wauson Tree Services is familiar with Dallas’s city code compliance laws, and can inform you of the lot clearing services we provide and
what it will cost to restore your property back to it’s original splendor. And we’ll let you know if there’s a service you need that’s beyond the range of services we provide. For over 50 years we’ve been in the business of offering lot clearing services to Dallas residents. We’re also experts who can provide tree trimming, tree pruning, stump removal and stump grinding services.

Keeping your property safe and beautiful is an ongoing project. And we know implementing a property maintenance schedule that enhances the health of your trees and shrubbery is a sound investment that adds value to your property.

Do you have questions about Dallas’s code compliance and how it affects your property? If so, don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free estimate at 214-450-8720, or email us at walt [at] wausontreeservice [dot] com.

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