For folks who have been using firewood from Lehnhoff’s Supply all winter long, ash can tend to pile up. Aside from storing it and disposing of it in appropriate containers, is there any use for this byproduct of a roaring fireplace or barbecue? Fortunately for Towson homeowners, the answer is a resounding “yes!” Ash contains a variety of important elements that can truly work as a perk for your gardening efforts. When used appropriately, ash can help gardens thrive. Here are some things to consider before using ash from high-quality firewood to enhance your Towson garden.
Using Firewood Ash as a Soil Amendment
One of the most important things you will want to consider when starting your gardening endeavor is soil composition. Ash contains calcium and other minerals that can enrich soil and provide plants with the nutrients they need. However, Towson gardening enthusiasts should test their soil before adding ash. Too much of any of these minerals can end up harming your plants, and any soil amendment takes time to kick in, so make sure to apply the right amount of ash at the right time. Your garden may not need ash at all; in that case, give your ash to a friend or neighbor with acidic soil.
Firewood Ash May Not Help All Plants
Another key consideration when using ash in the garden is the types of plants in the area. Some plants need more basic soil and higher amounts of calcium and potassium. Applying ash is ideal for these types of plants. However, those that prefer acidic conditions or that are sensitive to the trace minerals in ash should be kept ash-free. Avoid using firewood ash around acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, blueberries, and azaleas.
Use High-Quality Firewood for Excellent Ash
Lastly, gardeners should only use ash that is made from high-quality firewood. Not all ash is the same; fake logs and charcoal briquettes are entirely different, and they can introduce harmful substances to your garden. You should only use ash if you know that the source is properly-dried, preservative-free firewood — particularly if you’re growing edible crops.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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