East Texas Ag News: Wood ashes can be used for landscape fertilizer

East Texas Ag News: Wood ashes can be used for landscape fertilizer

EAST TEXAS (KLTV/KTRE) - Many East Texans are wondering the best way to dump their ashes after burning fires throughout winter.

According to the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in Angelina County, wood ashes can actually benefit your landscape because they are a type of fertilizer.

Calcium is an abundant element in wood ash and it gives the ash properties similar to agricultural lime.

Ash is also a good source of potassium, phosporous and magnesium.

In terms of commercial fertilizer, average wood ash would be about 0-1-3 in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

In addition to those macro-nutrients, wood ash is a good source of many micronutrients needed in trace amounts for adequate plant growth.

And best of all, wood ash contains few elements that pose environmental problems.

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