Cremation ashes are not only used for cremations but also for funerals. They are used to make urns and other objects. There are different types of cremation ashes which include: bone, hair, teeth, skin, organs and even whole bodies (cremated). These ashes can be used in various ways such as making urns or containers to store things like seeds or soil. You may want to use these ashes in gardening projects too.
In this article we will discuss the benefits of using cremation ashes in gardening.
Benefits Of Using Human Cremation Ash In Gardening Projects
1) A better fertilizer.
Cremation ash is rich in nitrogen and potassium. When it comes to fertilizing plants, they have more nutrients than regular compost or manure. Nitrogen is needed for all living things including humans and plants alike.
Potassium is necessary for healthy plants. Humans need a lot of potassium because we’re very sensitive to high levels of this element. So when humans die, their body releases potassium into the air which helps plants grow faster and stronger.
2) Better soil conditioner.
Human ashes are rich in organic matter. Organic matter means everything that came from nature and was alive before humans came along and destroyed it! (However we do recycle) So by using human cremation ashes in your soil, you’ll be able to make it richer and better for your plants.
Just spread the cremation ash over the soil and make sure it mixes well.
3) No need to sort anything out.
When you go to buy or get free compost or manure, you must sort it all before using it. You need to make sure there are no plastic bottles or any other human waste. You even need to sort out rocks and twigs.
This is all unnecessary with cremation ashes because it’s already been sifted for you!
4) Native nutrients.
If you’re trying to grow a plant that’s native to your area, then using cremation ash will be beneficial. This is because the nutrients in the soil will already be familiar to the plant so it would grow faster and stronger.
5) Save money.
Using human cremation ashes is a lot cheaper than buying bags of soil or even going to a garden center.
6) Soil conditioner.
By mixing human ashes into your soil, you’ll be able to help retain moisture better. The organic matter will also improve the aeration and drainage of your garden soil too.
7) Family heirloom.
If you want to give a little something extra to your family, then spread some human cremation ashes in a favorite flower pot or in the garden. This is a nice way to remember loved ones no longer with us. You could even put a container of ash in the garden so that it becomes a time capsule of sorts.
These are just some of the many benefits of using cremation ashes in your garden and in plant pots. There are others but these are the most common reasons why people choose to use cremation ashes. Of course, you are not obligated to spread cremation ashes anywhere.
It’s your choice entirely and if you don’t want to use them around your home, that’s fine. You can always spread the ashes in a special place in the woods or just throw them out to sea. No one is going to stop you from doing what you wish with your loved one’s cremation ash. Many people prefer using them in urn gardens too. Not everyone likes using urns but they do look nice.
Where Can I Have My Loved One’s Ashes Spread?
Having your loved one’s cremated ashes spread somewhere does have its benefits. Not everyone likes the idea of having an urn on display in their homes or fancy decorative vases holding the ashes in a prominent place. But if you like the idea of having your loved one close by, you can always scatter the ashes somewhere yourself.
Of course, not everyone can just go and scatter ashes wherever they want to. There are some rules in certain cities and states about spreading human cremation ashes. In fact there are even some states that make it illegal to spread any human cremation ashes without having a permit for it.
It is your responsibility as the family of the deceased to make sure you abide by all the local and state laws as well as following any house rules of the property you want to spread ashes on. If you are not sure about any rules or regulations then it would be best to contact the local government office to ask them before proceeding to spread ashes. You do not want to get in trouble for something that could have been easily avoided by asking a few questions first.
Who Can Help Me Spread The Ashes?
Ashes can be spread just about anywhere that you have permission to do so.
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