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Uses for sawdust and wood ash

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Currently I process about 12-15 cube a year at home and I compost as much of the sawdust as I can, mixing with my grass cuttings.  I have too much though and the rest I hide in the wheelie.  That's getting harder.  Council have just shrunk our wheelie!  Any other uses/disposal methods?  I won't be making a bonfire, I find these anti social.  I'll be carting loads to the recycling centre if need be.

 

 

Similarly with ashes.  I think I know all the uses and currently it goes through the compost and on to the garden.  Bit concerned I'll be over liming a clay soil (London clay) and I think most earth worms don't like it so it slows them down from working on my compost.  Think I may have to add some ashes to the already full wheelie.  Open to ideas though.

 

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Been mentioned in another thread before, I give mine to local farmers, they use it for bedding horses, cows down etc, in return if they have a tree down at any point i’ll get a phone call to come and get shut of it. Sometimes they’ll keep some wood for themselves or other times they’ll just say no you keep it i bag sawdust up for em again on site and tidy up best i can, good impression and all that, and it sorts me out with my firewood for next season, favours bring favours

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I use stove ashes to clean greasy pans and roasting dishes. Put the pan outside and fill with ashes and water to make a slurry, and leave overnight. Next morning, agitate with a brush, and put some sawdust in as well, and then rinse. I have to wash again with washing up liquid anyway, cos there's always grease residue, but the ash gets the most of it. Need a bit of waste ground to rinse out onto though...

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Hmm, greasy ash and saw dust on the compost heap?

 

I'd happily give to farmers, but not many near crystal palace.  I have offered to any neighbours for pet bedding, not got shot of any though.

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Seems a shame to be sending sawdust or ash to landfill.

 

Keep it to one side and give to local gardeners/veg growers/allotments.

If you're really stuck offer it up on gumtree, then keep a note of people's contact details

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Allotments, good idea, loads of those very close by, I could even fill the green waste wheelie with saw dust and just about walk it to the nearest.  I'll see if they have a contact and if they are interested.

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Pure ash is sought after by allotment owners, apparently it is good for clay like soils as it helps to break the clay down and make it less claggy?!? 🤷‍♂️ lad at work takes my ash from my burner..... when i eventually get a build up, my stove is that clean burning it hardly leaves any ash at all.

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calcium can make some clays less claggy by making the small clay particles stick together into larger lumps, more like grains of sand. Ash is largely calcium carbonate.  I'm no gardener so only go on what i read but the potassium in ash is what the plants want, its about 5%.  The problem is ue too much and pH goes too high, to alkali, and more problematic on clay which is already alkali.  Only way to be sure is to test the soil.

 

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