How to Re-Use Wood Ash
If you use a wood stove or have a fire, you may often find that you have bins full of wood ash. Rather than throwing it out, you could put it to good use.
De-IcingWood ash can be used in a similar way to salt or grit to stop pavements and drives from being too slippery. Just sprinkle it over the icy area like you would with grit and salt. Sprinkling wood ash can be a bit messy so make sure you stand away from the way the wind is blowing or you could find yourself covered in dark ash.
Using Wood Ash in the GardenMany keen gardeners add wood ash to their soil because it contains nutrients such as potassium, magnesium and phosphorous. The ash from different types of wood produces variations in the soil nutrient amounts. It can help to raise the alkaline in your soil.
Plants which benefit from wood ash include perennials, fruit trees, vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli and bulbs. Mix wood ash through the soil.
You should avoid using wood ash near plans such as rhododendrons, conifers, junipers and azaleas.
It is recommended that you add around a shovel’s worth of wood ash per square metre of soil. Mix it in a little so that the ash doesn’t blow around too much. Wood ash can also be added to compost heaps. The wood ash adds nutrients and can also prevent the pile from smelling too much. Add the ash in thin layers so that it mixes through with the compostable materials.Don’t add any ash to your garden that has been generated from burning coal or burning wood that has been treated with any chemicals, stain or paint. The chemicals could damage your plants.
Wood ash can also be used to keep some garden pests at bay. Sprinkle the ash around the types of plants which slugs and snails are fond of. You’ll need to re-sprinkle the wood ash each time it rains.