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Uses for Wood Ash in Your Home or Garden

Back in the good old days we only had our fireplaces to help heat our homes, and the cleaning out of wood ash from the hearth was a daily task. Nowadays, after spending the evening sitting by a cosy open fireplace, we can collect and clean the wood ash at our own pace. But did you know that there are several benefits for your home and garden in wood ash? Look and see how your trips to the bin could be replaced by something a little more productive. 


Boost Your Lawn with Wood Ash 

Did you know that wood ash can boost the PH of your grass? Well, it does, and it works faster than limestone, thanks to the ash being more water-soluble. To get started you need to determine what PH level your lawn currently is, garden soil usually does well between 6.0 to 7.0. Anything higher than 7.0 is considered an alkaline and lower than 6.0 is an acid. 


Wood ash is made up of lots of nutrients, including magnesium, sodium and aluminium. Plants thrive at different pH levels in the soil. Tomato plants need lots of potassium and calcium and usually require a high dosage of nutrients within the soil. Sometimes these soil amendments can be done using ash as they can be delivered to the plant quickly. 


Add Wood Ash to Your Home Compost

Wood ash can be sprinkled into your outdoor compost heap or bin as a component of your household waste. Adding a small amount with each layer of compost will help to add nutrients to the resulting soil or compost tea. Alternatively, you can make wood ash tea by soaking your ashes in water for a few days, then you can apply it to the plant-soil whenever needed. We do not recommend tasting the tea yourself, leave it for the plants!


You can also keep harmful bugs away from your plants with wood ash. To deter ants, slugs and snails, simply sprinkle a tiny amount around your plants and reapply after the rain. 


Soak Up Driveway Leaks 

No longer will your drive be covered in oil spill stains. If an oil spill occurs when you are changing the oil in your car, use ash to absorb the spill and sweep it up afterwards. 


Why Choose the Green Olive Firewood Company? 

Firewood is where it all started for us, during a trip to the Mediterranean we noticed stockpiles of waste wood by olive farms. We decided that we could utilise this waste wood for fuel back in the UK, making them carbon neutral and a perfectly renewable and natural fuel source. Every time a renewable wood fuel is used for heating or cooking it is offsetting the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. By choosing us for your firewood you can rest assured that you are buying from a natural, sustainable and ethical business. 

 We pride ourselves on ensuring high quality and responsibility across our entire supply chain, to make sure our customers receive the best possible firewood. You can find our full firewood range here. To stay up to date with everything we do and for more helpful tips on wood ash, follow us on Instagram and Twitter!