Fall Foliage Explained!

by Thayer Nursery

We all know that New England has great autumn color, but did you know that we have the most spectacular display in the world? It’s because of the wide variety of deciduous trees and the climate here, with each autumn bringing bright, sunny days and cool nights. To understand why leaves change color this time of year, we have to start at the beginning…

Through a process called photosynthesis, plants absorb energy from light to convert water and carbon dioxide into glucose and oxygen. It’s a green molecule, chlorophyll, which enables this reaction and gives leaves their summer color. Autumn’s shorter days trigger a layer of cells at the base of each leaf to swell and separate it from the tree. Without a steady flow of water from the tree to replenish it, the chlorophyll disappears, revealing xanthophyll (yellow) and carotene (orange) pigments that have been there all along!

You may be thinking “yellow and orange, sure, but what about red?” Well, red is a different story. In some trees, like a variety of maples, glucose is trapped in the leaves when the separation layer swells. This trapped glucose is then used to produce anthocyanin, a red pigment. Scientists believe that anthocyanin helps trees retain their leaves longer by acting like antifreeze and lowering their freezing point!

It’s the combination of all these biological processes and different pigments that produce our enviable autumn color display!

    Why Thayer Nursery Kiln-Dried Firewood?

    by Thayer Nursery

    Because there is a difference!

    Thayer Nursery Kiln-Dried Firewood is a mix of hardwoods, including beech, birch, maple, oak, and ash. Each log is cut to 16 inches, split, and then kiln dried for three days, reducing its moisture content to below 25%! As a result, Thayer Nursery Kiln-Dried Firewood produces a relatively smokeless burn, allowing you to safely close your damper down. Doing so slows the burn down and keeps more heat in your house!

    Thayer Nursery Kiln-Dried Firewood burns cleanly and completely, so there is less ash and less creosote buildup in your chimney! It’s also guaranteed mold, mildew, and insect free, so you can safely store it in your garage, porch, or basement! To keep it clean and dry, we store our kiln-dried firewood in a covered barn all season long.

    Regular firewood is left outside for an indeterminate amount of time to “season” it down to an unspecified moisture content. Thayer Nursery Kiln-Dried Firewood is 100% kiln-dried… we do not mix. The only way to sell firewood cheaply is to cut corners on quantity and quality… we will not.

    A “cord” is defined as “a loosely stacked pile of split firewood measuring 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet, equaling 128 cubic feet.” There is no standard definition for a “face cord”, but it should be about a third of a true cord. Beware of sellers offering face cords or “4 x 8” quantities! A face cord price should be multiplied by 3 to determine its true, full cord price.

    Thayer Nursery Kiln-Dried Firewood is delivered in quarter cord increments starting with one quarter cord and going up to 2 whole cords per delivery per house. Please call us at 617-698-2005 x1 for delivered pricing.

    If you’ve never burned our wood before and want to test it, stop by the Nursery… we sell Thayer Nursery Kiln-Dried Firewood in varying amounts that range in price starting at only $20. Take some home in your vehicle and see just how well it burns! That way, you’ll know exactly what comes in a delivery. Don’t get “burned” with an unusable load from elsewhere!

      Lawn Renovation: The Thayer Difference

      by Thayer Nursery

      If your lawn is burnt, you may be feeling burnt by your contractor. At Thayer Nursery, we firmly believe that the bitterness of poor workmanship remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten. That’s why we always follow best practices… a lot of work goes into a Thayer Nursery lawn renovation:
      • The existing lawn area is sod cut and taken away, removing volunteer weeds in the process
      • The proper subgrade is established, following the desired contour and allowing for drainage
      • The lawn area is finish graded with finely screened loam and raked smooth by hand
      • Calcitic lime with humates, new seeding fertilizer, and insect control are applied
      • Only then, the lawn area is sodded or hydroseeded. Reseeding the next season is included
      Horticultural experts agree that fall is the best time to install a lawn. Thayer Nursery’s seasoned expertise and high standards, combined with fall’s cool air and warm soil, will leave your lawn thriving for years to come. We’re here, we’ve been here, and we’ll always be here… don’t get burnt again!

      Call for a courtesy consultation today!