Fireplace wood ash is not only excellent in controlling icy sidewalks in the winter time, but for pest control in the spring and summer months too! But, do not use wood ash burned from wood that has been treated with chemicals!
CONTROL POND ALGAE:
We’ve talked about adding plants to control pond algae, but sprinkling wood ash in the water will also control algae buildup in the pond.
WARD OFF SLUGS – SNAILS - APHIDS:
These destructive creatures do not like wood ash at all. Sprinkle around the perimeter of the garden as preventative measures, or…
FERTILIZE with WOOD ASH:
Wood ash will raise the pH levels in your soil. Some gardeners swear by adding it to the compost pile and other say to keep wood ash out of the compost pile. Tomatoes, Azaleas, Roses, bulbs, and vegetable gardens love wood ash. Do not use wood ash on acidic-loving plants like rhododendron, blueberries or azaleas. Apply sparingly as to not disturb the alkaline levels in the soil.
APPLYING WOOD ASH to THE GARDEN:
When the ash has cooled, apply 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch to the garden.
WOOD ASH PROPERTIES:
Fertilizer Levels = 0-2-10 (nitrogen – phosphorus – potassium)
Levels will vary depending on the type of wood burned. Hard wood (such as oak) will produce 3 times more ash and 5 times more nutrients than soft wood. No not apply wood ash when regular fertilizer has been applied. Wait 2 months after fertilization to add the wood ash to your garden.
OVER WINTER with WOOD ASH:
Wood ash helps to prevent ice buildup. When preparing your garden plants for the winter, cover with wood ash and compost. In severe cold conditions; cover garden with a plastic tarp during the long winter months.
Wood ash will neutralize acidity in the soil often present in forested climates.
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