getting grass to grow again under burn-pile

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by RD7, May 1, 2011.

  1. RD7

    RD7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    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?

  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Till it up and add compost if you can get it...
  3. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    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.
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,335

    No it can't.

    Worthless junk.

    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.
  5. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Fires can actually be beneficial. Like Kiril said, spread that ash around really well and try to get it in the soil.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    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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