trees - Knowledgebase Question

perris, Ca
Question by hgwy1hm3
January 19, 2011
is wood ash in the planting hole a good thing or a bad thing


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Answer from NGA
January 19, 2011

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Wood ash can be sprinkled around your garden or on your lawn but should not be placed in a planting hole for your trees. It can burn the roots by drying them out too much. To plant your tree, dig a hole slightly wider and the same depth as the nursery pot or the root mass if the tree is balled in burlap. Your goal is to have the tree sitting at the same finished soil level as it was before you planted it. Remove the nursery pot or the burlap and ties, spread the roots out a little bit and set the tree in the hole. Then backfill with the soil you took out of the hole. Don't add amendments to the soil and don't put wood ash in the hole. Be sure to water well after planting. Enjoy your new tree.

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