January 16, 2019
Wood Burning Facts You Need to Know 

Often overlooked, the quality and material of what you burn is just as important as the quality and material the fireplace is made from.
In it, she lists different types of wood and their burn qualities. Unfortunately, lovely rhymes don’t make for the best wood-burning advice. Here are 3 things to know about having wood burning fires in your fireplace.

Have the right tools
A set of fireplace tools is essential. Not only do they look traditional and classic by the fireplace, they are necessary for keeping the fire in control and for cleaning up the area afterwards. We are all familiar with the pokers and log talons, but one great tool is the bellows. A bellows is an accordion-like gadget that delivers a directed stream of air to the fire. This tool is handy when a fire is struggling to start. A quick puff of air to a coal can give it the oxygen it needs to flame up. A bellows works much more efficiently than fanning the flames, which often spreads ashes.
Buy and use the right wood
Any kind of wood, as long as it is dry and clean, is good for burning. Softer woods like maple and birch burn more quickly. For longer fires with lots of lingering, glowing coals, harder woods like oak and hickory are best. Be aware that some softer woods like pine may tend to build up creosote in the chimney.
Often you will hear of firewood vendors selling a “face cord.” The term refers to a stack of 16-inch wood logs that is 4 feet high and 8 foot in length that is straight stacked. But beware: a “face cord” is an informal term, and some less scrupulous firewood vendors may use it to sell a stack of wood that is less volume than expected. A correctly measured 4×8 cord is in straight-stacked wood only, and the logs are 16 inches long or more. If the vendor cross-hatch stacks your delivery, claiming it “airs out” the wood, they may not be honest with the amount of wood they are delivering. Half the amount of wood can fill up a 4×8 space when it is cross-hatched.
Clean the chimney
Creosote is an ignitable wood burning byproduct that can collect on the inside of your chimney. This kind of buildup is common in wood stove chimneys which sometimes don’t have the proper ventilation. Exposure to creosote can be a health hazard. An annual sweep by a professional should take care of any creosote buildup.
A few more tips and tricks for great fires:
  • Use Fatwood Sticks as starters.
  • Keep the twigs from your various yard cleanups. Dry them & use them as kindling.
  • Bring in any wood you’ll be using at least a day or two ahead. Birch and Aspen will light even when damp.
  • Split the wood. It’s difficult to ignite whole logs with bark intact.
  • Make sure the flue is open and can stay open.
  • Hold a burning stick or column of non-glossy newspaper up the chimney to start a draft before starting your fire.
  • Crack open a nearby window to give the chimney more force to draw air.
  • Light all four corners of the fire with a long-necked lighter.
  • As always, safety first! If you didn’t check your smoke alarm batteries at the time change, check them before your first fire. And always have an extinguisher on hand.
Enjoy the fireplace season!
Article Courtesy of EP Henry
How to Create a Dream Board for Kids
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
What is your child passionate about? What are your child’s hopes and dreams? Making a dream board can be a fun and visual way for your child to express their dreams and inspire them to pursue them. All you need is some construction paper, an old magazine or two, and some glue. Then let your imagination take over! So here is how to create a dream board for kids.
What you will need:
  • A large piece of construction paper or poster board. (You can even use an old cork memo board.)
  • Old magazines, Internet pictures, pamphlets, etc. (Libraries often sell their old magazines for a small fee. Ask the neighbors for old magazines. Use the Internet by searching for a specific type of image or theme. Websites such as www.istockphoto.com or Getty Images are great sites to explore.)
  • Glue or other types of adhesive.
What to do:
  • Have your child go through the magazines and cut out any pictures that motivate them or make them feel ambitious.
  • You can also divide the board into four sections. Here are some ideas for what to include:
    • Do: What do you want to do this summer? What do you enjoy doing? What would you like to learn to do?
    • Be: What do you want to be when you grow up? What kind of person do you want to be? (Help them find photos of smiling faces, people helping others, etc.)
    • Go: Where do you dream of going? Where have you already been? What’s your favorite place to visit? How will you get there?
    • Love: Who do you love? Family? Pets? What makes you feel loved?
Help them avoid filling their board with toys and material possessions. Place their dream board in their room where it can serve as a daily reminder of their goals.
Here’s What We are Up To!
During the long, cold winter months, our crews are working hard removing snow and ice from commercial businesses as Mother Nature deems it necessary.  Sometimes this is at 1 AM, sometimes it is during the afternoon drive home.  We want to take a moment to thank our hard-working team members for a job well done!
Additionally, the girls in the office are getting their “winter to-do lists” done, and working on many things to improve the day to day lives of our employees, while brainstorming ways to make your experience with Mock Property Services the best that it can be!
Our Retail Store Manager is attending the monthly Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Meetings.  She will attend a dealer seminar at Berlin Gardens in Millersburg to learn about the new products making their way to us in 2019.  Plans are underway to partner with Architectural Justice in Medina to attend the Cleveland Home and Garden Show, and we will also have a booth at the 25th Annual Akron Home and Flower Show on February 15th and 16th.  
Ideas for designing and planting small garden spaces
Small garden landscapes are incredibly detail-oriented. Whether the garden is gracing a condominium, a tiny bungalow, or a rooftop, there is no room for sloppy design or incompleteness. That’s because what is neglected will invariably become an eyesore.
Despite their diminutive size, small gardens can also have plant palettes as varied as a larger garden. Small gardenscapes can range from quaint cottage-style designs to modern, upscale looks. To accommodate the limitations in space in a small garden, landscaping designers will often use miniature plant species, dwarf specimens and other adapted materials. A good designer doesn’t scale down the same garden plan used for a palatial estate, but rather knows how to emphasize and embody the daintier dimensions of a small outdoor space.
Get these tips. In this section, you’ll find tips from landscaping professionals on:
  • Three basic strategies for successful landscape design in cramped quarters.
  • How to create many tiny focal points throughout small garden spaces that can become surprises when unexpectedly discovered.
  • Why it’s important to think in square inches rather than feet when designing a small garden.
  • The main differences between designing a rooftop garden and designing a suburban landscape.
  • The challenges of planning a rooftop garden, including weight, accessibility, wind and plant height.
  • Ideas for small garden elements that can serve multiple purposes, such as built-in bench seating that doubles as storage.
  • Your options for perennials, shrubs and trees sized to fit into limited areas.
  • Herbaceous perennials for small gardens that are adaptable to odd-sized areas.
  • How to choose dwarf shrubs for a small garden that match the diameter of the growing space and meet height limitations to avoid crowding overhangs and eaves.
  • Ideas for how to use a single small tree in a tiny garden as both a focal point and a problem solver.
  • Six websites with tips and ideas for small garden design-from free planning tools and photos to how-to advice.
  • Why it’s important to use the highest-quality materials you can afford in a small garden.
  • How to fit multiple landscaping elements in a small backyard.
  • How a narrow yard can be designed to incorporate a pool, deck, fire pit, and lawn area.
  • Ideas for landscaping a small side yard using retaining walls and shade plants.

  • Solutions for solving typical small-yard landscape challenges, such as creating privacy, ensuring proper drainage, and blocking out noise and wind.

  • How to integrate interior flooring materials with the paving materials used in a small garden.

  • Design and plant solutions for small shade gardens.

When it comes to the design of small garden, it’s important to attend to the details, design every inch, integrate surprise and splurge on materials. Whether you decide to create a very powerful and exciting small space or a modern minimalist one, a professional landscaper can help you bring your small garden to life.
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