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Fire place ash in turf or garden

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tx_angler, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. tx_angler

    tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    We have two fireplaces and need to dispose of the ash. We also have heavy clay soil. Will spreading the ash on the lawn help/hurt the turf or garden?

    Happy new year!
  2. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    I've always heard it will do great, but i'm not 100% sure. Anyone else know?
  3. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    wow-good question, im really not sure-i always just bagged mine and threw em out.
  4. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    i always take the coals from my bbq smoker and scatter them throughout the yard with no problems. never done a pH test in those areas though!
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Don't know about the lawn but put them in the garden for 11 yrs and people would stop and ask how we got everything to grow so well. Did not know until we were moving that we had been planting over leech field all that time. LOL

  6. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    ash is a very good, well weathered, soil admendment.
    Rates for your garden are different than the lawn.
    Apply about 20 lbs/1000 sqft on the lawn for really heavy clay soils - however, for maximum benefit, aerate in two or three direction first
    Use about double this for your garden -
    then till in the garden.
  7. sbvfd592

    sbvfd592 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    works verry well for me. I will take some pics of the garden in the spring time.
  8. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

  9. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Old timers like my Grandparents have been putting it in the garden for 50+ years.
  10. rtyus

    rtyus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    It's fine for lawns or gardens but it's even better for fruit trees.

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