How long gasoline stays in the ground?

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  1. forfreedom

    forfreedom Well-Known Member

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    DH poured gas on a pile of spent garden plants that I had on the top of one of my garden beds and burned it (in my absense :stars:)

    I'm trying to garden organically, so is the bed ruined? How long before I can plant there, meaning there would be no trace of gas?
     
  2. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    If he burned it off thoroughly, *most* of the volatile components are gone.

    I think I'd dig off an inch at least and use it to fill holes in the yard or cover his "resting place."

    What the heck was he thinking??
     

  3. forfreedom

    forfreedom Well-Known Member

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    He has subdivision upbringing. :eek: Granted, he does a wonderful job on the lawn, but clueless when it comes to gardening.
     
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    Heritagefarm Pro-facter Supporter

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    I have had some accidents with oil spills, but they weren't burnt. How long does it stay in the ground if it is not burnt? Also, even if he burnt it, some of it still spread into the ground, so perhaps only a little actually got burnt.
     
  5. Harry Chickpea

    Harry Chickpea Well-Known Member Supporter

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    "Organic" requires a three year certification that no chemicals were used. The reality is that if he used it lightly and poured it on the plants and not in the soil, 99+% was consumed when he burned it. Yeah, if you want to scrape off the top inch, fine. Gas has no lead anymore, up to 10% is corn alcohol, and the soil has natural hydrocarbons. About the worst thing is he may have toasted some earthworms. If it had been xylene or other chemicals, I'd be more concerned.

    You do need to slap him up the side of the head though. Gasoline is NOT a real safe thing to being burning in an open flame, especially on hot days when the vapor can be more dense.