redwood bark

woohoomanApril 26, 2013

Is redwood bark an acceptable conifer bark for 5-1-1 or gritty mix?

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Kevin

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, Kevin!
No, redwood bark is not good structurally...too fibrous and hairy in most bagged products. I've never tried it in a container mix, so perhaps someone else can let us know how it worked. As a mulch, in the yard, it's great stuff.

Josh

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 12:49AM
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woohooman

Hey Josh.

Well, this isn't a bagged product. It would be in bulk and I'd be able to get a good look at it prior to purchase. I was just wondering because I was browsing on a local supplier's website and found out they had redwood bark. Just like to have options.

Kevin

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 3:30AM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

I'm wondering about that also. My DH is a woodcarver, so I have plenty of wood chips and sawdust I could use. He said there are a LOT of tannins in redwood.Weather that is good or not for soil I do not know! Nancy

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 8:38PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Do not use wood chips or sawdust, Nancy.
The outer *BARK* of Pine and Fir trees is the choice material for container mixes.

Josh

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 1:48PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Thanks, Nancy

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 9:12PM
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