Tips Around the House

Wood Ashes

Uses for Wood Ashes

  • Sprinkle around plants to repel slugs and snails; repeat after rain; avoid getting on leaves of plants.
  • Polish metal by making a water and ash paste.
  • Add potassium, phosphorus,  magnesium, calcium carbonate and aluminum to soil by mixing in a small amount with your garden soil around your plants.
  • Use wood ashes to raise soil pH as needed; about one 5-gallon pail to 1000 square feet of soil; avoid acid loving plants.
  • Mix small amounts into compost as you add new organic material.

  • Sprinkle on icy sidewalks and driveways to add traction.
  • Find instructions online to use ashes to make soap.
  • Add 1/4 cup of ashes to the planting holes of tomatoes; avoid using near potatoes.
  • Control pond algae by adding one tablespoon per 1000 gallons of water.
  • Rub ashes on smelly animal fur to help neutralize odor.

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