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I have just moved into a bungalow. lovely big garden. but the previous elderly lady has put all her ash from coal fire on the garden! what do I do about it? will I need to treat it?


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 9,342

    Coal ash can contain high levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic, so I would not grow vegetables in any areas which had ash spread on them.  It might be worth getting the soil tested for contamination - your local council should be able to advise on how to go about that.  I wouldn't partcularly worry about growing ornamental plants and shrubs though as you aren't going to eat those.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • thank you bobthegardener that's a help.

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