Tree Service Milwaukee Trusts Provides Firewood and Woodchips
Woodchips and Firewood for Pickup or Delivery in Southeast Wisconsin
Russ’s Tree Service and Removal offers woodchips and kiln-dried firewood. We deliver by the truckload to save you time and money by buying in bulk. Our high-quality firewood is affordably priced and perfect for use in your indoor or outdoor fireplace, wood burning stove, or for campfires.
Wood chip Pickup and Delivery for Landscaping
Arborist woodchips (those produced by arborists from the mulching of trees) are superb for creating and maintaining gorgeous gardens and landscapes. An even distribution of woodchips around trees and shrubs adds aesthetic appeal to your lawn while keeping weeds to a minimum.
Wood chips also help stabilize the temperature of your soil, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter, while enriching the soil as they decompose. A 4- to 6-inch thick bed of woodchips is ideal for helping the soil retain moisture--which is ideal for all types of plants, particularly those just getting established in your landscaping.
Is there a difference between wood chips and mulch?
Yes. “Mulch” can be almost any material—even newspapers and gravel. Generally speaking, though, the term “mulch” is used to refer to bark mulch. This is the mulch you see at garden centers. It’s produced by shredding the exterior bark of conifers and is often dyed to add aesthetic appeal.
Wood chips are the shredded up outer and inner parts of a tree as well as shredded branches and leaves. They're also known as arborist wood chips because they are usually purchased from tree service companies or left for a homeowner to use after a tree service removes a tree.
|Mulch is mostly the chopped up pieces of tree bark.||Wood chips are made by chipping up the inner part of trees.|
Why wood chips are a better choice than bark mulch
You might think mulch is better because it costs more than wood chips, but this isn’t the case.
A 1990 study of 15 organic materials commonly used as landscaping mulch (including leaves, compost, grass clippings, and both bark mulch and wood chips) found that wood chips were exceptionally good at retaining moisture in the soil, moderating temperature and controlling weeds. Because wood chips combine tree bark, wood and leaves, they also resist compaction better than bark mulch and promote a richer biological diversity which helps keep plants healthy while supplying nutrients to the soil.
Unless you absolutely have to have mulch in a color that matches the siding on your house, wood chips are the way to go.
Do this one thing when putting wood chips or mulch around trees
As with any mulch, you should keep wood chips away from the trunks of your trees and shrubs. Piling it against the trunk of a tree creates a moist, dark environment where fungal diseases can grow. Since the mulch retains moisture, putting it in contact with a tree trunk also sets the stage for opportunistic boring insects to easily enter into the tree.
When putting down mulch around trees and shrubs, taper it down as it nears the trunk. It should resemble a donut, with the trunk of the tree in the donut hole area. The photo above shows how mulch should be put down around the base of a tree.
When is the best time to put down wood chips?
We recommend putting down wood chips (or mulch) in the fall. A 2- to 4-inch deep layer will help the soil retain warmth over the winter and reduce the number of weeds that come up in the spring.
The best place to get wood chips in the Milwaukee area? Right here!
Russ's Tree Service is Wisconsin's first choice for high-quality, affordably priced wood chips. You can bring your truck by and have us load it up for you, or we can deliver as much as you need. If you're having a tree removed, we can also chip it and leave the wood chips for you to use.
Call us at 414-422-9298 for pricing and delivery of woodchips.
Wisconsin Kiln Dried Firewood for Clean Burning Fires
Camping is a popular activity in Wisconsin all year long. The highlight of a great campout is always a roaring, crackling campfire. Our kiln-dried firewood is perfect for campfires and bonfires.
Having clean-burning campfire wood improves the outdoors experience by keeping excess smoke and pungent odors to a minimum. Our dry, precut firewood is compact, simple to transport, and lights easily.
Our Wisconsin kiln-dried firewood is also a great fuel for your home fireplace during our cold and harsh winters. For those with wood burning stoves, firewood is a necessity--especially properly dried firewood.
Wood that isn't adequately dried produces considerably more smoke than a kiln dried hardwood. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has cautioned that smoke from firewood contains benzene, formaldehyde and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons--all possible carcinogens--so anything you do to minimize smoke from your fireplace is a good idea.
We offer firewood delivery throughout the greater Milwaukee area. Whether you need clean-burning firewood for a campfire or to keep you warm throughout the winter, you can count on us for quality, kiln-dried firewood at affordable prices.
Kiln-Dried Firewood Technical Information and Benefits:
Our Wisconsin firewood is heated to more than 165 degrees in a kiln oven in order to lower the wood's internal moisture content. This makes for hotter and cleaner burning firewood. Kiln-dried firewood also greatly reduces the need for supplementary fire-starting materials like newspaper, lighter fluid and kindling. You will notice a difference between our kiln-dried wood and the logs you've been storing out back.
Why kiln-dried wood is superior to traditional air-dried firewood:
- Burns 40% hotter than air dried wood
- Prevents wood from cracking and splitting
- Reduces the spread of the Wisconsin EAB (Emerald Ash Borer)
- Produces less creosote chemicals
- No need for supplementary fire-starting substances
- Eliminates bugs which have burrowed into the wood
If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with our kiln-dried firewood, just let us know. We’ll be more than happy to replace it with traditional air-dried firewood (which we usually have plenty of since we remove trees all the time). Russ’s Tree Service is always committed to your ultimate satisfaction, no questions asked.
Frequently Asked Firewood Questions
Q: Do you deliver firewood in Milwaukee?
A: Yes, we offer firewood delivery in Milwaukee and all throughout our southeastern Wisconsin service area. Check our service area listing to the upper right of this page, just below the form to fill in for a free estimate.
Q: What is a cord of firewood?
A: The term “cord” is a legally defined measurement for firewood which has been around since the 17th century. The word actually originated from the cord used to hold a bundle of wood together. For Milwaukee firewood providers, a cord of wood has to measure out to 128 cubic feet, which is usually accomplished by stacking the wood in a pile measuring 8’ x 4’ x 4.’ So how many cords of wood will you need? Well, if you just have fires on weekends, a third of a cord should last you all winter and will fit in the back of a pickup truck. If you use firewood to heat your home, go for a full cord. This should last you all winter.
Q: My wood supply got wet. Can I still use it like this?
A: Besides being harder to start a fire with wet wood, it gives you less heat from your fire and can make a lot of smoke in your house until it has dried out. With wet wood, most of the fire's energy is being used to boil and evaporate water in your logs rather than produce heat. If you can see boiling water oozing out of a log in your fireplace, accompanied by a lot of snap, crackle and pop, it’s a log with too much moisture inside. Besides not burning well, unseasoned wood causes creosote to quickly build up in your chimney—too much creosote and you're at risk of a fire in your chimney.
Why take chances? Seasoned wood ignites better and burns far more efficiently. Let your wet wood dry out for next season by storing it on an old palette with a tarp over the top. Then order some dry, seasoned firewood from a trusted Milwaukee firewood supplier like us and enjoy a warm fire.
Q: Am I harming the environment by having a fire going in the fireplace?
A: With heightened awareness of the environment, it’s understandable to wonder if the smoke rising from a chimney is in any way bad for the environment. Fortunately, it isn’t! Unlike the smoke produced from burning gasoline or oil (think motor vehicles and oil heaters), the smoke from a fireplace fire burning properly dried firewood is no more harmful to the environment than the greenhouse gases generated by logs decomposing in the forest. So, relax and throw another log on the fire.
Q: How can I tell if the firewood I’m buying is seasoned or not?
A: Look for logs with darkened ends and cracks in them. Dry logs will also be lighter in weight than unseasoned logs, and will make an audible clunking sound if you strike one against the other. By contrast, green wood is quite heavy, has lighter colored ends and will make more of a “thud” sound when you strike the logs against each other. If you really want to be sure you’re getting seasoned firewood, though, we suggest buying it about 6 months in advance and storing your firewood properly. Rest assured, though, as experienced Milwaukee firewood suppliers our firewood is seasoned and ready for your fireplace.
Q: How do I store firewood?
A: Ideally, you’ll store your newly delivered, kiln-dried or air-dried firewood in a wood shed. Your shed should have open sides or some other manner to provide good ventilation. Failing that, you should store your wood on old wooden palettes (or something else to keep it off the ground) with a plastic tarp covering the top. Leave the sides open so air can circulate and keep the wood dry. Also, you’ll want to store your wood at least five feet away from your home’s foundation to help prevent termites, carpenter ants and opportunistic rodents from finding their way into your house.