Keeping your firewood supply well-stocked is key to making sure you’re warm and cozy all winter long. You may have your own supply of cut wood that you’ve been working to season, but it isn’t quite ready for burning yet. Or, your wood stove or fire pit is new this year, and you need to buy some firewood to get things going this season.
Whatever the reason you need to buy firewood, you may wonder: How is firewood priced?
There are 3 major factors that impact the pricing of firewood:
If you buy firewood that was cut closer to your home, you can expect to pay less than firewood that was cut elsewhere. This makes sense, as when you buy the firewood from far away, you’re paying for the cost to ship it.
To find better prices on firewood, purchase from local businesses as opposed to large hardware stores or gas stations. The local companies are more likely to source their firewood nearby, while chain stores, gas stations and individual sellers could get their wood from anywhere and quantities are usually not standard.
Some consumers prefer the way certain woods burn and purchase their firewood by species. Purchasing single-species firewood is almost always going to be more expensive than purchasing a mixed bundle, but the price is very dependent upon the supply in your area and the type of wood you choose.
When purchasing firewood, you’ll often be asked whether you want a half-cord, cord, or some other measurement. A cord is 128 cubic feet of firewood, and it can be stacked in a variety of ways. This measurement is standardized to help ensure that people are getting a fairly similar amount of firewood no matter where they purchase it.
Getting the Best Price on Firewood
Now that you know the three factors that contribute to the price of your firewood, you may be wondering the way to get the best price on it.
Purchase standardized measurements: If you won’t need a lot of firewood in a season, it can be tempting to purchase a non-standard measurement such “whatever fits in the back of a pickup”. The standardized measurements help you know exactly how much you’re paying, whereas a non-standard measurement could mean you’re getting overcharged.
If you don’t think you’ll use all the firewood in your half-cord, for example, either find a dry place to store it until next year or split the measurement with a friend or family member who also needs a small amount of firewood.
Buy mixed-species firewood: Unless you have a very specific reason you want a certain species of wood (hickory’s great for smoking, for example), going with a mixed-species firewood purchase is going to keep your costs lower than buying one species.
Use a local, licensed company: Purchase firewood that comes from as close to your home as possible. This firewood doesn’t need to be shipped long distances, which should keep costs down. Buy with confidence from a company licensed for retail sales.
Local Firewood for Sale in Central Maryland
At Colony Supply Center, we take providing high-quality local firewood seriously. Colony Supply Center sells seasoned hardwoods – mostly oak, but your cord may include cherry, locust and hickory as well. Purchase your firewood by the cord, half-cord, 1 cubic-yard bucket, or 7-piece bag to meet your needs. Delivery is free for a half-cord or more within 25 miles of our store. Call today to place an order or stop by our store!
Another summer has come and gone. You’ve worked hard for these past few months to ensure that your yard and everything in it stayed as healthy and presentable as possible. Perhaps your hard work has paid off and everything looks immaculate, in which case, congratulations! On the other hand, perhaps your efforts were no match for the sun’s powerful rays, and now your once-beautiful lawn is thin, browning, or littered with dead patches.
Some homeowners find it easy to ignore this problem until next spring, but they would end up having to work overtime to combat the effects of both summer and winter. Fall is the perfect time to fix an unhealthy lawn, and the best way to go about doing so is by overseeding!
What Is Overseeding?
Overseeding is exactly what it sounds like: spreading grass seed over an already-existing lawn. This may sound like a very drastic task, but the effects are well worth it.
Here’s how it’s done: You begin by mowing your lawn as short as your mower allows. Once that’s done, you use a rake to bring up any loose or dead grass. All of this is preparing your soil for new seeds, especially in problem areas of your lawn. From there, you simply use a seed spreader all over your lawn, distributing the seeds evenly. Finally, as with any seeds, use sprinklers to water your lawn until the seeds start to bud.
Why Is Fall the Best Time?
Technically, you can overseed your lawn during spring or summer, as well. That being said, overseeding in the autumn months yields the best results.
The sun is obviously at its harshest during the summer, which is probably why your lawn needs this extra attention in the first place. Harsh rays and particularly warmer temperatures are some of the biggest causes for unhealthy grass. During the fall months, the weather is slowly becoming cooler, granting your lawn the optimal conditions to grow.
Spring is the second-best season to overseed for similar reasons. However, with spring comes the risk of weedy grasses such as foxtails and crabgrass, which will compete with your new budding grass. Spring also has the disadvantage of coming right after snowy months, which leave your soil cold and less likely to nurse seeds into fruition.
By fall, any weeds in your lawn are growing weaker, making it easier for your new grass to grow without competition. The soil is also still warm from the summer months, making it optimal for seed germination. On top of all of this, dead leaves falling onto your lawn make a phenomenal fertilizer after decomposition, providing your new seeds with a natural source of nutrients!
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At Colony Supply Center, we make sure to have everything you need to create that home garden of your dreams. From seasonal plants to Leafgro, fertilizers to mulch, our knowledgeable team can help you find what you need to get the lawn and garden of your dreams. Check out our online selection of bulk and bagged supplies, or visit our shop today! We even deliver!
Homeowners have been debating the connection between mulch and termite infestations for a while now. One side insists that termites and mulch go together like peanut butter and jelly, while the other side is convinced it’s all an urban legend.
Unfortunately, while the story of someone unknowingly purchasing a bag of termite-infested mulch is a myth, the idea that mulch attracts termites is all too true.
It’s important to know the two things termites need to survive: a cool, damp place to live and as much delicious cellulose (an organic fiber found in wood) they can eat. If you’ve ever picked up a typical bag of mulch, you can understand the problem. A majority of store-bought mulch is filled with the cellulose termites love to eat, and one of the purposes of mulch is to keep soil cool and moist.
When you lay down mulch, you’re also at risk of inviting any nearby termites to a bug buffet.
That being said, you don’t have to go dig out all of your freshly-laid mulch in a panic. Statistically speaking, a majority of yards in the United States are home to termites. Wild termites have no real reason to attack your house. For one, they probably aren’t even aware of your house in the first place! Secondly, there is absolutely no shortage of cellulose in nature. In fact, it’s in practically everything, from leaves and roots to the grass that makes up your lawn. Since termites like to keep in cooler and damp environments, almost all their eating occurs completely underground and out of sight.
What mulch does do, however, is provide termites with a cool, moist path to your home. Because it’s such an ideal environment for them, it wouldn’t take long for a large colony of termites to discover a fresh foundation of mulch and decide to move in. If your mulch is laid close to your house, then you could be putting your foundation at risk.
The best way to prevent a problem is to keep mulch slightly away from the foundation of your home, especially if you have any exposed wood close to the ground. Also, frequently raking and replenishing your mulch will keep it dry, making termites less likely to want to make a home there. Being careful about where you mulch around your home, such as mulching only in spots that get plenty of sunlight, will protect against an in-home infestation.
If you suspect your home is experiencing a termite infestation, fill a small trap with some bait wood and half-bury it near the suspected problem area. If you unearth it in a few weeks’ time and see it filled with the pests, treat the baited wood with something that will kill them.
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At Colony Supply Center, we offer only the highest-quality mulch and other landscape products we can find. We know the health of your yard and your home is important. If you have any questions about what type of mulch is right for your yard, or how best to lay down mulch, contact our landscape supply experts. We’re happy to help!