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Logs, Mulch & Soil Care

Logs

All our firewood is responsibly sourced from the Cotswolds and is well seasoned, minimising the amount of moisture contained in the logs. Burning wet wood is wasteful. Any moisture in the log has to change from water to steam, and stay at above boiling point until it exits the chimney. A large percentage of the calorific value of each log is used up for this process rather than giving heat out to the room. Wet wood can damage the chimney and wood-burning appliances; it is for this reason that we work hard to ensure that our wood is well seasoned.

Firewood Types and Pricing

Mixed load ½ softwood and ½ hardwood = just over 2cu/m - £150+vat
Mixed half load ½ softwood and ½ hardwood = 1cu/m - £70+vat

*Note: It is often thought that burning softwood will damage your chimney. Softwood contains resin, and if the wood is not properly seasoned, this can condense on the inside of chimneys and build up as a tarry residue which is a common cause of chimney fires. However, if the wood is properly seasoned, any resin in the wood burns as fuel, and no chimney problems are caused. It is worth noting that the Scandinavians burn almost exclusively softwood and birch.

Mulching

When performed correctly, mulching is one of the most simple and effective practices to maintain plant health, improve growth, and enhance vitality. Mulches provide many benefits including:
  1. Eliminating competition between tree roots and grass or other ground covering plants
  2. Eliminating the potential of damage to stems by mowers and strimmers.
  3. Conserving soil moisture
  4. Moderating soil temperature
  5. Suppressing weed growth
  6. Improving soil organic matter
  7. Soil fertilisation
  8. Suppressing soil borne diseases

Organic mulches composed of wood chips, bark, leaves (including pine needles), and compost are all suitable mulches for woody and herbaceous landscape plants. Ideally, mulch should be applied beneath the entire canopy, although smaller mulched areas are suitable. Mulch depth does not have to exceed ten centimetres. Indeed five centimetres of mulch is adequate on shallow rooted shrubs and perennials. Mulch beds do not have to be round or symmetrical. Irregular designs may be more aesthetically pleasing. Shrubs and perennials can be planted within the mulched areas but solid masses of ground covers should be avoided where tree growth is desired.
Mulch should not be piled against stems of trees and shrubs. Stem tissues are not intended to remain constantly moist from mulch accumulation. Insect and disease infestations, as well as stem girdling roots often develop on trees with excessive mulching. 

Soil care and Fertilisation

Healthy trees begin with healthy soils. Fertilisation to ensure adequate nutrition is just the start. Adjusting soil pH so it is optimum for a plant species will ensure nutrients are continually available for improved vigour, flowering, and fruit yield. Organic matter is often deficient in urban and suburban soils and this is a key component for healthy soils. Organic matter improves soil nutrient and moisture retention, provides resistance to compaction, serves as a source of essential plant nutrients and enhances soil microbial populations that are essential to healthy soils. In essence, AJ Arborists simulate the optimal physical and chemical conditions for plant growth found in nature. Indeed, our Root Invigoration process combines all the above into a single treatment to achieve this goal.