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Ant or Termite? How to Tell the Difference
This myth is repeated because neighbors go on alert when they see one house being treated and they decide to get an inspection, too. I can't stress enough… make sure the pile isn't against the house, that is like putting up a highway and a sign to come...
California
El Segundo
The Secret To Free Firewood
With each pallet oriented the same way and with their edges lined up, I can drop my chain saw through the stack in areas where I won't hit any nails. Knowing two men with chain-saw scars on their faces helps me keep my attention focused on my work.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Cutting & Storing Firewood on Your Farm
Bring an extra bar and chain. Some of the logs go on our Norwood portable sawmill, but most are converted to firewood. I highly recommend it. To reverse this trend, we cut the poorest trees, leaving the best ones to regenerate.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Firewood: Choosing the right wood, splitting, and seasoning
Ah, it must be winter. Measure your distance by placing the maul where you wish to strike with arms fully extended, then step back a third or half step. Multiple wedges can be used in conjunction with a sledge hammer to split the wood if an axe is not...
California
El Segundo
The Best and Worst Trees for Firewood
I should preface this by saying that there are many trees that make quality firewood, and narrowing a list down to just the very best will naturally exclude some very usable trees.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How to Cut Firewood at the Standard Lengths
The standard length for firewood is 16 inches. These are then cut up into six 16-inch "rounds," which are split into firewood.Firewood that you buy is cut according to industry standards.Hold a tape measure at one end of the fallen tree and stretch it...
California
Santa Monica
Does the Wood of Lilac Bushes Make Good Firewood?
Lilac wood grows quickly every year, sending up new branches while the older branches get thicker. If you are pruning in the summer, after the bush has blossomed, cut the branches into firebox-long sections and store them in a dry place to season until...
California
Santa Monica
Can You Burn Apple Wood in a Fireplace?
Split trunks and larger limb sections immediately, because hard wood is very hard to cut once it's dried. The qualities that make it good for firewood are even better for baking, especially burning hot with very little smoke or flame.
California
Santa Monica
Protect Hardwoods from ALB Infestation
Courtesy USDA/ Michael Smith The USDA is working to eradicate Asian longhorned beetles that are infesting and killing hardwood trees in the Northeast and the Midwest. Infestations have been eradicated in Illinois and Hudson County, N.J. While the Asian...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Emerald Ash Tree Borer Treatment: Tips On How To Prevent Ash Borer
The pest lays eggs and leaves the larvae to hatch inside valuable ash trees, where they create serpentine tunnels that interfere with the tree's ability to move water and nutrients throughout its tissues.
Ohio
Willoughby
Trees in Washington State
Red alder is "the most important hardwood in the state," according to Washington State University. In addition to evergreen trees, Washington is home to several hardwood trees and the Pacific yew tree, whose bark and needles are used to make cancer-fighting...
California
Santa Monica
Why Does Wood Spark in the Fireplace?
The thick, dark smoke that goes up the chimney contains tars that deposit on the chimney as creosote. An effective chimney cap contains sparks so they don't land on roofs, where they could filter through shingle gaps into the attic.
California
Santa Monica
The Various Uses for Wood From the Trees on Your Farm
This widespread species is most famous for producing the sap used in maple sugar and syrup (hence its name), but the lumber is also of exceptional quality and is a popular choice for furniture and flooring.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Axes, Mattocks & Mauls: Which Do You Need?
A “cutting mattock” has a small axe blade on one side and a mattock blade called an “adze” on the other; a “pick mattock” has a pointed pick in place of the axe blade. Splitting Maul Lehman's What It Is A heavy tool (usually with an 8-pound...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Can You Burn Cypress Wood?
Then frame around this a loose cone of cypress kindling. Split the wood upon cutting. Thus, cypress wood may be best used in an outdoor campfire or cooking fire rather than a home fireplace.While Western North America has a number of species of native...
California
Santa Monica
Shagbark Hickory Tree Info: Caring For Shagbark Hickory Trees
It is eaten by humans and wildlife alike, including, grosbeaks and nuthatches. It requires no fertilizer and little water. They are considered mature at the age of 40 years, and some 300-year-old trees continue to produce fruits with seeds., and its fruit...
Ohio
Willoughby
Can I Burn Sumac Trees?
Sumac probably won't put out a lot of heat. It is a shrub, rather than a tree, and has alternate pinnate leaves and reddish stalks.Consult a local Department of Conservation before burning sumac on your land and positively identify any shrub sumacs before...
California
Santa Monica
10 Uses for an ATV or UTV on Your Farm
Building Fences An ATV or UTV can be a big help with fencing projects. Mowing Grass Move over, riding mower: ATVs and UTVs are entering the lawn care market. A large UTV can carry hundreds of pounds of supplies, so whether you're towing a small trailer...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Using Your Splitting Maul For More Than Chopping Wood
It doesn't need to stay particularly sharp. But a 6-pound splitting maul can be just as handy to gently drive the wedge into the tree and keep it from pinching your saw. The sledgehammer side of the maul is traditionally meant to be used in conjunction...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
The Mighty Oak: Our National Tree
The crown offers cover and nesting sites for birds and squirrels, and cavities in both living and dead trees provide den, nest, and roost sites for many birds and small mammals.Fortunately for the animals, acorns are on the ground at a time when they...
California
El Segundo
Chainsaw Safety, Part I
Is the chain sharp? Of course before starting the engine, I put on hearing protectors to retain what hearing I still have. It's winter, and for me that means time to fire up the chain saw.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Getting Rid Of Garden Snakes – How To Keep Snakes Out Of Garden For Good
Reduce the depth of the mulch to about an inch during warm weather while snakes are active.Warm compost piles and stacks of firewood attract snakes and rodents. However, there are times when you may find yourself in need of getting rid of garden snakes.
Ohio
Willoughby
Are You Prepared for a Winter Storm?
It's a winter-weather tradition: Whenever the forecast calls for snow, folks dash to the store and deplete the supply of bread and milk. As you routinely grocery shop, purchase one or two extra shelf-stable, ready-to-eat canned goods (along with a manual...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
15 Reasons You Need A Tractor
The auger makes planting fruit and nut trees, berries and ornamentals an easy job. Here are a few things to consider when buying a tractor : Think about the tasks it will perform. Mowing heavy brush or just keeping the weeds down is one of the most common...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Emerald Ash Borer Damage
I'm not sure if it's working because everywhere I go in my own little town, dead or dying ash trees are there. We have lost three ash trees over the past few years. « More Dirt on Gardening » Tags insecticide , Jessica Walliser
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
When a Tree Falls
It must be spring! Over the weekend, I donned protective gear—my heavy-duty boots, chainsaw chaps and helmet with face guard and hearing protectors—and got busy sawing. I killed the chainsaw , knowing there was nothing more I could do but get well...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Devil in a Green Dress
Bark may split vertically above feed galleries. It is extremely difficult to detect early infestation. Ash trees continue to die. They can lay up to 60 to 90 eggs during their life time.
California
El Segundo
What Are Non-Resinous Wood?
The wood from trees that are do not produce resin, called nonresinous wood, usually comes from deciduous trees. Nonresinous wood also accepts varnishes, lacquer, shellac, stains and other finishes better than does resinous wood.
California
Santa Monica
Earn An Income From Your Forestland
If your farm acreage has ample forestland, there are ways to earn some money from both timber and nontimber use. If you heat with wood and can prepare timber for firewood, it can add up to big savings on fuel costs.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia