Using Wood Ash in Garden Soil

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Acadiana

Is Wood Ash Good for Garden Soil?

Wood ash can pile up during a cold winter and it would be nice to have a practical use for it. But gardeners have been given mixed signals about using wood ash on their garden soil. Is it safe to use wood ash in the garden?

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Answer: Yes and no.

Ashes from fireplaces and wood burning stoves are a good source of potassium and a lesser source of phosphorus and some micro-nutrients, depending on the type of wood burned.

So if your soil has a potassium deficiency, wood ashes can be a good amendment.

However, they can also be a source of heavy metals that you don't necessarily want in your garden. And they contain a good percentage, about 25%, calcium carbonate, an ingredient in garden lime. If your soil is very acidic (5.5 of lower), wood ash can improve your soil pH.

If your soil is neutral or alkaline to begin with, adding wood ash could raise the pH high enough to interfere with plants ability to take in nutrients. Wood ash should also be avoided around acid loving plants like rhododendrons and blueberries.

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Bottom line is that a small amount of wood ash will add some nutrients and be beneficial to most soils. Large amounts should be avoided.

Important Note: Never use wood ash if any type of fuel or wood preservative was used on the wood.


Originally posted at: Lafayette Real Estate News

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Joe Jackson
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I love gardeing tips like this one!

Feb 21, 2016 01:21 AM #1
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Jim West
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Thanks for the ideas as I am a wood burner. 

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never heard this information before, although i have heard several similar tips, just not this specific one.  Might have to try it this spring, if it ever gets here.

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