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Old 05-01-2011, 07:41 AM
RD7 RD7 is offline
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getting grass to grow again under burn-pile

Last time I had a massive brush-pile blaze, it took years for grass it to fill back in and grass seed would not take root at first. I have read that ash is high in pH and soluble salts, but I haven't found how to get the soil back in shape. Any suggestion to get the soil back faster?

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Old 05-01-2011, 11:25 AM
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Till it up and add compost if you can get it...
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Old 05-01-2011, 02:26 PM
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High pH can be lowered with lime. You can check out your macro nutrient levels.
Home Depot has a cheap soil test kit for twenty dollars.

Like SmallAxe said, ammending with soil that's alive with nutrients and microbes should fix the problem.
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Old 05-01-2011, 02:34 PM
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High pH can be lowered with lime.
No it can't.

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Home Depot has a cheap soil test kit for twenty dollars.
Worthless junk.

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Till it up and add compost if you can get it...
Agreed .... with the addition that you should collect as much of the ash as possible and spread it out over a much larger area before tilling.
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Old 05-01-2011, 02:40 PM
Will P.C. Will P.C. is offline
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Fires can actually be beneficial. Like Kiril said, spread that ash around really well and try to get it in the soil.
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:21 PM
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Everybody always said, that controlled burns, produced the greenest grass ever... The ashes certainly helped, although I suspected with all the debris burned away, 'and the ashes' combined... is really what made the illusion so sensational...

I agree with Kiril... grab a blower and disperse those ashes, for the benefit of a larger area...
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