wood ash

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by dvmcmrhp52, Sep 3, 2003.

  1. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
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    Wood ash in conjunction with corn meal or cracked corn?
    Any recommendations as to application of ash before or after corn meal or cracked corn or does it not make a difference?
    Any inhibiting factors here?
    Both easy to come by....Just thinking.....
     
  2. Dchall_San_Antonio

    Dchall_San_Antonio LawnSite Senior Member
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    As far as I know, both go on at the same time.

    Wood ash is very alkaline - I assume you knew that. If you have acid soil, that's fine. If you live in Texas, there are other sources of potassium.
     
  3. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Most of our soils tend to be acidic but I should probably do a quick check.Thanks.What other sources of potassium are readily available?
     
  4. Dchall_San_Antonio

    Dchall_San_Antonio LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thanks dchall,I thought maybe you had something else in mind,I have printed that page and it is a good reference.(it was on another thread somewhere.)
     
  6. CT John

    CT John LawnSite Member
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    Can anyone offer an explanation of leached vs. unleached wood ash in that list of materials in that link?
     
  7. Dchall_San_Antonio

    Dchall_San_Antonio LawnSite Senior Member
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    Leaching is the water soaking process that removes lye (sodium hydroxide) from wood ash. It is possible you might find a source of wood ash with the lye removed I suppose.
     
  8. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
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    My brother and I as well as others heat with wood,so we have a pretty good supply of ash to start.My question would be on the leaching aspects of it.Any ideas how to reasonably do this on a scale that would be somewhat productive?
     

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