Gas and Plants

OK, anyone know what gasoline will do to plants?
I was chainsawing something and the cap vibrated off the saw and dumped a small amount ot fuel on the ground above two valuable plants.
To hose down, or leave alone and hope it all evaporates?
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.comnojunk (Bill Spohn) wrote:

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Small spills probably won't do more than some immediate contact-damage. Since the initial contact with plant and/or its roots does the most harm, it should've been hosed clean instantly, but too late now to make a difference. What remains in the soil takes a few months to break down (into nutrients) so it's possible to end up with a spot of dead soil that could be dug up & replaced with undamaged soil. If you do nothing eventually the spot will recover on its own; if the plants there are harmed there's little to be done to reverse that; a mulch of rich compost will hasten the soil's self-repair by increasing bacterial action. If the amount spilled was little enough, you may never notice any harm.
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I hope so - it was right above a large R. valentinianum and a nice R. sphaeroblastum wumangense that I would rather not have to move.
I shall cross my fingers.
Why can't these things happen near plants you'd LIKE to get rid of??
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