February 26, 2012 5:18 PM Subscribe
What is best to do about a large pile of wood ashes in the corner of my yard?
posted by dilettante to home & garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I bought a house (ohgodohgodohgod) in August. The previous owners heated with wood heat, and left a large pile of wood ashes in one corner of the back yard. The pile is probably 2'+x2'+, and about knee high. What should I do about these?
I've read that you can spread them on your yard to fertilize it, but I have a small yard and don't know how thin is thin enough for that. I have a tumbling composter, but probably way too much ash to add to it. Is my best choice going to be to shovel the ashes into a trash bag and throw them away? If it is, how far down is the soil likely to be affected and how, and what should I do about it? I'd like to be able to plant things in that corner soon.