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When it comes to firewood, not everyone knows that it's important which type of wood you choose to burn. Whether it's for smoking meat or even heating your house, you should be aware of what you're setting ablaze. For this blog post, we will cover four different types of wood. Each type is available for purchase here at Farmers Landscape.
Let's begin with wood for smoking! When you are smoking meat, the type of wood you should use depends on what you prefer. The general rule is that you should use heavier hardwoods like oak and hickory for smoking the heavier meats like beef and pork, and use lighter hardwoods like pecan for smoking the lighter meats like poultry and fish. It's all up to you though!
Hickory: Hickory is a very versatile hardwood and can be used to smoke meat in a variety of ways. The smoke can be sweet to strong, warm, and almost bacon-like. It burns hot and slow, and the best use for this type of wood is for large cuts like ribs and pork shoulders. It can be used on almost all red meats and poultry. Be careful though. You should start small and build, for too much hickory smoke can actually cause your meat to have a bitter taste.
Pecan: Pecan wood is useful for when you want your meat to have a sweet and rich, nutty quality. This type of wood is best used for roasts, ribs, and briskets. It's best to mix pecan wood with heartier woods like oak or hickory, or it can make your meat taste too sweet.
When wood is first cut, it can contain up to 50% of water and it won't burn in your fireplace. This is called unseasoned wood. Unseasoned wood, if burned, can cause creosote build-up in your chimney, which could lead to a fire, no fire, or a room full of smoke. The wood you use should be seasoned, which means that the moisture content has dropped to 20-25%
One of the best types of wood to burn is hard oak. It has a classic fire smell, it has a moderately long burn time, it burns clean and gives off high heat, it lights easily, and it leaves very little residue.
Another great type of wood to burn is maple! It doesn't have much of an aroma, it gives off high heat, and it's easy to burn.
We have these types of firewood available. If you are interested in purchasing some, contact us!
Welcome to the crisp mornings of fall!
Here in Georgia, we have entered the season of brisk mornings and temperate evenings. While you may have to bundle up at dawn, it's more than likely you'll find yourself in a t-shirt once the afternoon arrives.
It may be fall, but we still have the perfect weather for gathering around a campfire or grilling some food and spending time with friends and family out on the patio.
Here at Farmers Landscape, we like bringing the indoors out, which is why this week we want to inform you about outdoor kitchens. An outdoor kitchen is an − oftentimes covered − outdoor area that is set up for regular food preparation. Barbeque grills are the most popular cooking option, though some outdoor kitchens even have ovens!
You don't need a lot of space to have an outdoor kitchen, just an area that you can easily make functional. Preferably you have it built near your house, like on an existing patio, that way you don't need to make too many landscaping modifications.
Let's face it; cooking indoors can sometimes be a pain, especially in the summer when you use air-conditioning to keep the heat away. Even in the fall it's nice to be able to cook outside and enjoy nature before the darkness of winter takes over. With an outdoor kitchen, you get to keep all the garbage and messes outside, you can barbeque steaks and other grilled dishes without fear of smoke filling your home, all the supplies you need are readily available so that you won't need to run in and out of the house, it's a fantastic way to entertain guests, and host dinner and luncheons. You can even have a fire pit installed to add to the ambiance!
The materials used to build outdoor kitchens are weather resistant and should last you a long time. It can even add to the real-estate value of your property. Consider it an investment!
Maybe you are considering getting an outdoor kitchen. If so, then give Farmers Landscape a call and we can come out and give you an estimate. We would love to help you out and enhance your outdoor cooking experience.
With all the varieties of grass to choose from, sometimes it can be hard to determine which type of grass is best for your yard. Not all grasses are alike and some need to be treated differently than others. Farmers Landscape wants to make identifying your grass an easy job. In this weekly post, our aim is to describe the five common grasses in the State of Georgia.
Bermuda: Bermuda grass is a common grass used for home lawns and can tolerate a very low mowing height. It is widely used on golf courses in the south. It spreads easily and can form a thick, dense turf. The maintenance requirements of fertilizing, watering, and mowing are high.
The color of the grass is deep green and the blades are 1/8" wide with a sharp point.
St. Augustine: St. Augustine grass is best suited for warm-arid regions. It is not tolerant of cold temperatures and requires plenty of moisture to be able to survive. The grass is very coarse-textured and can grow up to several feet.
The color of the grass is dark green and the blades are 1/4" wide with a rounded tip. The growth is slow and it needs to be planted from sod or plugs.
Centipede: Centipede grass spreads through stems and forms a dense turf. It grows horizontally and requires less mowing, which makes it easy to edge around garden beds and sidewalks. It's often found throughout the warm-humid areas of the south. It doesn't grow well in hot, dry areas and it can die if it's not supplied with enough water. The fertilizer requirements are less than other warm-season grasses.
The color of this grass is lighter green, it has pointed blades with a notch, and is a dense, soft turf. It grows low and is almost horizontal to the ground. It can quickly become dormant during a drought.
Zoysia: Zoysia grass forms a lawn that is thick and spiky. It is very slow-growing and it can take more than a year to establish a lawn with this particular grass. It has stiff leaf blades and will produce numerous seed heads if it isn't mowed.
The grass color is simple green, has narrow blades with needle-like tips, and can feel prickly when walked upon in bare feet − though there are several new varieties that have been created to be soft on the feet.
Fescue: Fescue grass is typically a cool-season grass, but can also be found in hotter regions due to its ability to withstand heat. It is a grass often used in athletic fields because it can withstand heavy use and foot traffic. In some lawns, Fescue can grow in bunches and appear as a grassy weed, which is why it is not often used in grass seed mixes.
The grass color is dark like Kentucky bluegrass. The blade width is 3/16" or more and has a pointed tip. It grows in clumps and has coarse, stiff blades. This grass will not survive extreme cold temperatures.
While you're preparing for winter, you may not know just how much of an impact trees can have on your yard, as well as energy consumption. They filter water to reduce soil erosion and they clean air to reduce greenhouse gasses.
Trees not only provide shade for your home and yard in the summer, but they can also create a barrier against the cold winter winds, and it has been proved that the beauty of trees reduce stress in individuals.
Have you been thinking about having a tree planted in your yard? Perhaps you would like some extra solitude from nosy neighbors. We would like to introduce to you the Carolina Sapphire. The Carolina Sapphire is a fast growing evergreen tree that's useful and perfect for privacy! It has a bluish color and is extremely fragrant. It gains width rather quickly and is a much better choice for the southern heat, as it is drought tolerant. The tree can grow 3 to 5 feet a year and can reach a height of 40 feet.
Contact Farmers Landscape if you would like to talk about purchasing a tree and having us install it!
With winter right around the corner−yes, I know that we just slipped into fall−it's time to prepare for what's ahead! According to the Farmer's Almanac, this winter is supposed to be colder and drier than normal, with near- to above-normal snowfall. We should expect that the coldest periods will be in early to mid-December, from late December through early January, and in mid- and late January. We should see most of the snow in early and mid-January.
As the cold approaches, it's time to prepare! Make sure your coat is insulated enough, remember to dress appropriately depending on the temperature, and stock up on firewood. Here at Farmer's Landscape, we have some of the best firewood for sale for those who use woodstoves to keep their house warm. Contact us for pricing details.
Now is the time to get started. Don't wait until the last minute!
With fall rapidly approaching, people are scrambling to finish last minute projects on their property. Last week, we brought you five tips to prepare for fall. Here are five more tips to help!
1: (Fertilize) If you have cool-season grasses, then the best time to fertilize your lawn is in the fall. (September - November) Fall brings out the perfect conditions for your lawn with abundant rainfall, dew, and cool evenings. During this time, your lawn craves nutrients to help it recover from any damage during the summer months. Fall is the most important time of the year to fertilize. The roots will strengthen and nitrogen storage will increase, giving you a healthier lawn for the next year. Don't fertilize warm-season grasses during this time.
2: (Clean Up) During the fall, dead leaves from trees, if left unchecked through the winter, can smother a lawn. A mulching mower can shred the leaves, creating important organic matter that you can leave on your lawn.
3: (Mow) Continue to have your lawn mowed until the grass stops growing for the winter. For the final seasonal mowing, cut cool-season grass to 2½ inches and warm-season grass between 1½ and 2 inches. This is just a little shorter than you would normally cut it during the spring and fall months.
4: (Water) Remember that thriving plants are still thirsty during the fall months. Watering early in the day helps avoid evaporation and disease development. Make sure that you water deep, and once you see the water absorb into the soil or container plants, water them again!
5: (Leveling) Keeping your yard at an equal level is important! Fill in ruts and low areas where water collects. Early fall is the best time to reseed these spots. Come spring, you can enjoy your yard without worrying about tripping in a hole!
Do you have work that needs to be done on your land, but you don't have time to do it? Contact us for a free estimate. We would love to help you get your property prepared for this upcoming winter!
With fall quickly approaching, here are some tips to help with your yard!
1: Do you have any houseplants that you had placed outdoors for the summer? Bring them in! You don't want to wait until it gets too cold. Remember to check for bugs before bringing them in.
2: It may be time to reseed your lawn or install new sod. It's possible that your grass is of the perennial variety, so fall is the perfect time to reseed or have new sod installed to have a flourishing, green lawn during the spring and summer.
3: Prepare your garden beds and tidy them up! Make sure that you clean up the dead flora and other debris that shouldn't be there.
4: Have you been looking to plant some new trees and shrubs? Now would be the best time to do it! The prices are cheaper, the weather is nicer, and your plants will be healthier! Planting perennials is another great option. They will have time for their roots to grow before going dormant for the winter and they won't have a long, hot summer to hinder them.
5: Are you looking to grow some winter veggies? These vegetables are perfect for planting in late summer for a winter harvest!
· Leaf Lettuce
Are you looking to plant vegetables for a spring harvest? The following are great to plant!
Remember that vegetables planted in a winter garden may take longer to mature from lack of sunlight. It's possible, in areas of southern Georgia, that you may be able to get two harvests from certain plants such as broccoli.
We will continue to post more tips to help you prepare for the winter! Do you have a question that you would like us to address on our blog? Use the contact form and send us your questions!
Good day, everyone!
We are pleased to announce that our website is now fully operational and filled with information about our services, as well as a portfolio of pictures from previous jobs. We appreciate our customers and want to provide the best experience possible!
If you have a testimonial of our services that you would like to share, then use the Contact form and send it in! If you would like to talk with us about how we can improve your property, then give us a call. Our number is at the top of the screen, as well as on the Contact page.
We look forward to providing you with tips, tricks, and other information through our blog in the coming months. Let's talk outdoors!