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Tips For Keeping Your Firewood Dry
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If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace to keep those cold winter evenings toasty, then you will want to have a well-stocked supply of dry firewood. It is imperative that you keep your wood stock well organised and dry, to ensure that the wood does not take in moisture or become corrupted by animals.
Why Only Burn Dry Wood?
Freshly cut fire wood has a moisture content of around 50%, but this wood cannot be used as firewood due to a natural bio product that is released when burning wet wood – creosote. Creosote tar lines your chimney, and gradually builds up to the point where it can cause a chimney fire if not cleaned regularly.
Additionally, wet wood tends to give off a lot more emissions and smoke, which are unhealthy for the environment, odorous to your home and harmful to your lungs. Regular inhalation can lead to a variety of health complications.
If all of those reasons aren’t enough to convince you, dry wood is also more energy efficient than using wet wood. During the burning process, wet wood needs to evaporate more water content, which reduces the energy (heat) that is given off by the wood.
The optimal moisture content of dry firewood is around 15-20%. Wood that has been split and dried in the correct size for your fireplace is easier to light, and correct storage prevents rot and fungus from settling in.
Air flow around wood allows it to evaporate moisture without it causing rotting, so having a good storage facility/shed/box is important. Additionally, air flow underneath the wood will assist in your wood drying evenly, and allow for any moisture to evaporate without rotting the wood or growing fungus.
Where to Store Wood?
Best practice is for storing the bulk of your wood at least five feet away from the home. This allows it to have enough air flow to dry easily. However, wood that is to be used immediately should be brought into the home at least one day before it is to be burnt. This is because humidity in the home condenses on the surface of the wood if it is cold, which will make it hard to light.
Firewood that is being stored inside needs to be a safe distance away from the fireplace to ensure that there is no chance of it catching a spark and going up in flames. Different local governments have their own regulations about this, so be sure to check what the requirements are for your local area. For tips on building a fire storage area in your garden, talk to one of our gardening experts at Bacchus Marsh & Redgum Garden Centre.
Sustainable Gardening Tips You Should Know
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‘Sustainable’ – it’s the newest buzz word, but what does it mean? The Oxford Dictionary defines sustainable as ‘being able to be maintained at a certain rate or level’. When it comes to gardening, this relates to the methods that you choose to use in your garden. One of the key ideas that is encompassed in sustainable gardening is that the focus is on natural methods of production. Sustainability involves looking at the big picture, and employing forward thinking. It is about preserving natural resources and protecting them from any harm that may be caused by your choices and actions, either now, or in the future.
Keep Your Garden Chemically Clean
With the idea of preserving natural resources for the future in mind, the use of chemicals in your gardening would not be a sustainable practice, because chemicals alter the eco system dramatically, affecting it in all areas. Chemicals do not only kill the nasties, but they also destroy the goodies too, and are somewhat akin to napalm for your garden. Even if you used them in one particular area with a mind to ‘keeping them away from the vegetables’, there is a likelihood of possible contamination into all other areas.
Compost, Compost, Compost
Composting is one of the best practices you can use in terms of sustainable gardening, because it encompasses everything that sustainability is about. It both recycles your garden waste, and enriches the soil. Using it in your garden also means that it is not joining the tonnes of other stuff that contributes to landfill in your community, so in the long term you are benefitting your family as well. Composting techniques can include raking the dead leaves and using them on garden beds, to using a composting system or growing a worm farm. It reduces waste and produces strong, vibrant plants and vegetables.
Take Care of Business
The topic of using chemicals and compost leads us to the important topic of taking care of business in your garden. Many a person has had the exciting idea of growing their own vegetables and spent their money to create a garden, but then do not maintain it. Being in your garden and spending time watering, weeding, pruning, composting, turning the soil over and doing what needs to be done will not only maximise your garden’s productivity but it will be beneficial to you as well.
Choose Appropriate Plants
Another important tip for sustainable gardening is to choose native plants and plants that are appropriate for the climate that you are living in. Different plants need different conditions to survive and thrive. If you are living in a warm climate, choosing plants that like cold temperatures is not going to be a wise decision. For more information about plants that are suited to your local area, talk to one of our plant whisperers at Bacchus Marsh & Redgum Garden Centre.
Design Your Own Garden With the Right Gardening Tools
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There was once a time when we did everything ourselves because that was the only way things would get done. Then, over time, as we got busy it became common place to always get a professional in to do work around our home that we need done. We believed that this was the only way to get the job done, but with some things this not always the case. If we have the right tools, we are able to do just as fantastic a job without the hefty price tag that accompanies getting someone else to do it and with the added joy of having done it ourselves.
Computer Garden Design Programs
The DIY movement has made it a lot easier for people to design and landscape their own gardens without needing to get a professional in to do the work. One tool that will be invaluable for the owner who wants a hands-on approach is a design program that you can use on your computer to plan your ideas and work out exactly what you want. It can take you through the whole process, step by step, allowing you to design and build your perfect garden.
Let’s face it, if you’ve got money to burn, there are a lot of different tools you can buy for working on your garden, and if you have space to keep all your gadgets safe and the money to purchase them, go ahead and do it. But often a lot of the things that are advertised are not needed, and will be more likely to be used once and left to collect dust in your shed. But before you go out and spend your cash buying the latest gadgets let’s have a look at some of the tools that you really need, starting with a wheelbarrow. A wheelbarrow will be invaluable for you in moving things around your garden, so make sure you have one of these.
Spade and Hoe
A spade is another tool that you cannot live without if designing and building your garden. It can be used not only to shovel dirt, but is great for churning up the garden beds and turning them over. A hoe is another important tool that will assist you with breaking up hard dirt and allowing air into the soil.
Without water, your garden will not survive, so ensure that you have a good long hose with an adjustable nozzle, to ensure that you can get water to those hard to reach places. Having some sort of hanging storage device for keeping your hosepipe in order, will help to keep it out of the sun when you are not using it, and also prevent it from getting tangled.
At Bacchus Marsh and Redgum Garden Centre, we know all about designing gardens, and what tools you will need, so if you have any questions about tools, plants or design ideas, stop by and have a chat with one of our experienced staff.
What Is the Ideal Soil for Gardening All Year Around?
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Knowing your soil is an important part of getting your garden right, from the word go. There are many different types of soil, each with their own qualities and attributes that make them perfect for some things but not others. Depending on where you live, and the climate that you experience during the changing seasons, the various soils can have a different affect on how plants grow. Some soils are smaller in particle size, which helps them to hold water, while others are larger and the water drains straight through. The best soil to use for gardening all around is a combination of soils.
Different Soil Types
Sandy soil drains rapidly because of its large particles so it cannot hold water very well, which means that your young seedlings would not get enough water. Silty soil holds water very well, which would be great for your plants but it does not drain well so using this for gardening could cause problems with too much moisture.
Clay soil drains well and is rich in plant food but it becomes too dry during the warmer months of the year. Peaty soil has high water content and is rich in organic matter, but again, it can become too dry during the warmer weather. Saline soil has a high salt content which can stop the plants from being able to take in water, and can cause leaf burn, especially on the younger leaves.
The Winner Is…
Loam soil is the ideal soil for gardening all year around because of its high nutrient content and its ability to drain easily. Gardeners love this soil because it has just the right combinations of elements to be perfect for growing plants. Loam soil is made up of a balance of silty soil, sandy soil and clay soil. It is high in calcium and pH, and holds water but also drains well.
Loam soil is of a darker colour and has a crumbly consistency. If you don’t have loam soil in your garden, you can condition the soil that you do have by adding nutrients, layering compost over the top or spraying the plants’ leaves with a compost spray. For more information about the ideal soil for your garden talk to us at Bacchus Marsh and Redgum Garden Centre next time you stop by.
The Environment and You
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We might be preaching to the converted, but we really cannot stress enough that everything we do should involve consideration of our environment.
Now, ‘environment’ can be taken in several ways, two of which are significant.
Environment – The Big Picture
When you consider the big picture in relation to the environment you may think of large factories that are spewing out smog and rubbish into the air, emptying into our seas or just leaving debris in a landfill.
You would be surprised to know that you, the little guy, may be funding some of this noxious industry and you can make a difference.
How would you like to be part of a movement of individuals who make a difference? You don’t have to go and stand on a picket line or donate huge amounts of money. You just need to make good buying choices.
Environment – Bringing It In
When you think of the term ‘environment’ you can also interpret it as to how and where you live. These two alone will control your thoughts and outcomes without you even realising it.
Bringing the term ‘environment’ into your own world can be as simple as creating a space of beauty. A space that is useable—a space to live.
How can you balance this environment, with caring for the outer environment?
Make Ethical Choices
Any self-serving greenie and certainly any business that is enfolded in an industry that contributes to creating homes and communities such as Bacchus Marsh & Redgum Garden Centre knows and understands we must preserve mother earth and her resources.
There are many products on the market that have been ethically grown and sourced and we stock a wide range of these products. We can help you make choices that will enhance and add value to your property, as well as, that can also work hand in hand with preserving our world’s environment.
Plantation wood and firewood is a good place to start. We provide quality dry wood for building and burning. Other places to search for ethical products are the mulches, gravel, and rock for your gardens.
Is the river rock you like so much ethically sourced or illegally dredged from a creek somewhere? Is there a more ethical, environmentally friendly choice?
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer all these questions and more. Come in, check out our amazing range of products and see for yourself how you can start saving the world today!
The Benefits of Firewood for Heating
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A classic and effective way to keep you feeling warm and toasty during the cold season is by heating wood in the fireplace. It also creates the right ambiance to unwind after a long day or spend a romantic evening with your significant other. There are compelling reasons why heating your home with wood is a good idea.
Wood is an Economical Heating Fuel
You can save money if you live near a wooded area and can gather your own wood. Though gathering wood is hard work and involves some danger, younger, active people can easily do it. Even if you have a third party to supply your wood, it is still cheaper than any other method of heating your home.
There are many licensed suppliers of firewood. Redgum, a tree of the genus Eucalyptus, is one of the best firewood. You can get value for your money from redgum because it burns hot and long. Firewood is available all year round.
Firewood is a Sustainable Way to Heat your Home
Unlike fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal or propane, firewood is renewable bioenergy. If you use non-renewable resources, the chances are that you have been at the mercy of your utility provider at one time. In contrast, forests, if well taken care of, can supply firewood indefinitely. Homeowners can become more self-sufficient by knowing where their firewood comes from and how to get it. Make sure you get firewood from certified firewood suppliers or collect them from permitted areas.
Collect Firewood for a Healthier Lifestyle
Gathering your own firewood is a form of exercise. You exert a significant amount of energy cutting, splitting, stacking and moving firewood. Collecting wood is a good reason to go outside and move your body, particular during the winter months when you would rather stay inside your home curled up with a book.
Burning Wood is Kinder to the Environment
Burning wood for heat has less of an impact to the environment than if you are burning a petroleum product to heat your home. There are newer stoves with low emissions, allowing you to burn wood without releasing many pollutants back into the air.
You should not feel guilty that you are leaving forests denuded by using wood to heat your home. As long as wood comes from sustainable sources, the environment is actually benefitting from the use of wood to heat homes. For more information on the advantages of using firewood for home heat, please call (03) 5367 1666.
Looking For Landscape, Garden, Building and Concrete Supplies?
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Bacchus Marsh Redgum and Garden Centre P/L is a locally owned and operated business supplying building and garden supplies to the trade and the local domestic market.
With over 50 years experience combined in the industry, we are sure we can help you with whatever you may need.
We offer prompt, same day delivery and a friendly service that you just can’t beat including:
- A wide range of garden, building and concrete products.
- Friendly service and advice with same day delivery service.
- A large fleet of trucks, so we are able to provide clients with prompt deliveries.
- Seasonal firewood.
- Wood chips
Firewood Needed to Keep Winter Chills at Bay
If you are looking for warmth and comfort in the cold winter months, look no further than the Bacchus Marsh Redgum and Garden Centre where supplies of split redgum are ample and readily available. Our customers want reliable supplies of firewood, especially for those early mornings when the frost crackles underfoot and the chill winds find their way through the tiniest crevice and into their homes.
Keeping the inside of the home warm on such days requires a handy supply of dry wood. To get the most effective heating capabilities, wood should be dried to 10% to 20% moisture content. While green wood will certainly burn, a large part of the energy generated from burning green wood is consumed in evaporating the moisture held in the wood. The best quality firewood is cut, split and stacked in a dry, well ventilated area for a few months before it is used.
Minimise Negative Environmental Effects
Does your conventional wood heater comply with Australian Standard AS4013? If it does, you can freely burn timber without feeling guilty about the environment. Dry wood is low in sulphur emissions and leaves little ash residue when burnt in a compliant wood heater. Dry wood is also easier to split and easier to ignite.
As a renewable energy source, plantation firewood is excellent because it re-grows readily with many species shooting quickly from the cut stumps. There is an argument to be made that burning plantation firewood is carbon neutral provided the timber is regrown, as the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from burning the timber is neutralised by the same amount of CO2 being absorbed by the next growth of trees.
Plantation Timber a Renewable Resource
This is good news for anyone worried about the effect their wood heater is having on the environment. Everyone wants to be warm and comfortable during winter, and relaxing at home around a wood fire is one of the best ways to do that. It is not relaxing if you feel guilty every time you stoke it, so knowing that using plantation timber is environmentally responsible should see you well stocked with split redgum for the long winter ahead.
A hardwood like split redgum is much denser than soft wood and gives off more energy. The Bacchus Marsh and Redgum Garden Centre prefer split redgum for its desirable properties, and are waiting to take your order for your winter supply.
Our Address: 182 Gisborne Road, Bacchus Marsh, Vic 3340
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