Wood Ashes - Knowledgebase Question

Sharpsburg, GA
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Question by KNK115
January 4, 1998
Is it a good idea to burn winter-fallen leaves, tree limbs, and pine straw in my garden during the winter months when nothing is growing in the garden? I have heard that it is good to let the pot ash that comes from these items to settle into the soil.

Answer from NGA
January 4, 1998
Applying wood ashes will raise the soil pH. I'd suggest you have your soil tested so you know what you're working with and then apply the ashes with caution - or at least limit the amount you use and apply only every 2-3 years. You can cause serious imbalances within the soil by applying too much wood ash too often.

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