Forum home Plants

Replanting grass over a big bonfire patch

dominomandominoman Posts: 150

I had a huge bonfire last night to get rid of my overgrown garden's waste. 

There was no choice except to have it right in the middle of my lawn.  So there's a rather large patch now!

Is it good just to rake the cold ash over the rest of the lawn?  It is all wood ash so hopefully nothing nasty in there.

Then for replanting new seed over the patch do I need to add some soil on the ash?  Would a thin layer of potting compost be OK? 

I only want it to look ok for the rest of the summer as we will be relaying the lawn next year anyway after we do the new patio etc.








  • dominomandominoman Posts: 150

    Thanks!  I would like a nice archway there at some point, but I want to think about the whole garden design and do it this winter or next year.  So for now just want to get rid of the big patch!

    There is absolutely loads of ash from the fire yesterday so I was going to rake it all over the lawn and then sprinkler it in for an hour or so.  Is that a good idea?

    Once that's done I'll rake this area and sow some seed - then keep it well watered for a few weeks.

  • jen24jen24 Posts: 7

    I turfed over where i'd had a bonfire and that patch is the greenest and grows the fastest. 

  • dominomandominoman Posts: 150

    Great.  I'll do that then.

    At the moment there is a huge pile of ash, and even two days after the fire it is still glowing.  Once it has cooled I'll rake it over the rest of the lawn and sprinkler it in.  Hopefully it will do the lawn some good.  

    Last night I got the weedkiller out and lightly sprayed the lawn, as it is heavily covered in weeds.  It is SBK weedkiller and supposedly OK on grass, but I did a light spray just in case.  

    Should I wait 2 or 3 days for that to do it's job before raking the ash out over the lawn?

    I've also ordered some Canadian Green grass seed of Amazon so will sprinkle that over the patch where the bonfire was.

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    break the surface up as its probably baked hard, sow some seed, water and jobs a good 'un!

  • dominomandominoman Posts: 150

    I thought 5.99 was cheap!  But then I only user order online as I'm too lazy to go shopping - which means I miss out on some of the best bargains. image

  • dominomandominoman Posts: 150

    It's theft!  Like swapping the labels on clothes.  But thanks for the tip re getting grass seed from Wilko's.  I'll take a look.

  • dominomandominoman Posts: 150

    As for replanting the seed, I am reading up on laying lawns.  Most places advise avoiding planting in Summer as the weather is too hot and dry for the grass to establish.

    I can't imagine it at the moment, given the overcast weather, - but should I wait off until autumn?

Sign In or Register to comment.