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What to plant on ground used to store fuel/oil?
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Canadian Cowboy    Posted 04-27-2001 at 07:34:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
a client showed me a field yesterday that in the middle is a large bare patch of ground where a fuel tank stand must of been as well as oil drums, She wanted to know what to plant there that would bring the soil back,

I wasn't sure, I suggested a shrubs, my boss said rye grass, he said it grows any where.

Has any one experienced this problem before?? what did you do to solve it, The customer is strongly against using any manufactured fertilizers and will not put her hores on this field even though there is good grass growwing every where else,

Any idea's, willing to try anything if it works.


Doc    Posted 04-27-2001 at 18:03:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
CC I had the same problem one year where I had stored fuel and oil. Wouldn't grow a thing. Then I decided to plant several 1/2 to 1 horsepower Briggs and Stratons. Lo and behold a big patch of 350 to 500 horsepowers came up! Even had one diesel that made it. Think it was the fertilizer (WD 40) that did the trick. Doc


Burrhead    Posted 04-27-2001 at 09:16:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
When we moved our fuel tanks I tilled the soil down about 6-8" and fertilized it good with hoss manure and then worked in some clover and bermuda. They came in pretty good. I would think the rye would do really good. Around here the rye will come up in the graveled road ways where it falls out of the seeders and there is no soil at all.

I use the manure to put some bacteria and nitrogen back into the dead soil.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 04-27-2001 at 17:46:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't know if this will help, but here goes. On a patch of ground that was heavily dammaged from a leaking oil pipeline I contacted the outfit that contracts to trim the trees away from the electic lines. They needed a place to dump the wood chips from the downed trees. I had them apply it 6" to a foot deep all over the area. Then I just left it alone for a year. The next winter I used this place to feed the cows the type of grass I wanted to grow there. The cattle were fed there all winter then the area was fenced off. In the spring, grass came up like crazy. it is now not possible to tell where the trouble spot was. Good Luck,


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