ok to use 1/4" or 1/2" screen for 5-1-1?

hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)April 8, 2014

I CANNOT find a 3/8" hardware cloth or sieve to screen my pine fines. I can find 1/2" and 1/4" as often as the day is long, however. If you had to choose between either a few pieces too big, or a smaller overall mix, which would be best?

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Oxboy555(Las Vegas)

1/4" is better IMHO.

You have to order 3/8" online. Impossible to find in stores.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 6:37PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

You can make aa 3/8" screen by offset overlapping of two sheets of 1/2", resulting in 3/8" and 1/4" grids. This might be cheaper than ordering 3/8" online.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 3:58AM
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zeuspaul(9b SoCal)

Some of the 16 inch square nursery flats/trays have 3/8 mesh on the bottom. You can usually get them for free at a nursery or garden store.

Zeuspaul

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 4:33PM
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zeuspaul(9b SoCal)

Some of the 16 inch square nursery flats/trays have 3/8 mesh on the bottom. You can usually get them for free at a nursery or garden store.

Zeuspaul

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 4:35PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

I'd definitely go with the 1/2". No worries. Up to 1/2" is totally acceptable for the 511 mix. And look at it this way, you'll have more mix.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 1:04AM
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maple_grove_gw

Agreed, I started off using 1/4" and later moved to a 1/2" screen for bark in both mixes. A few pieces too big can easily be picked out by hand.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 9:04AM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

I actually found a 4' X 6' piece of 1/4" hardware cloth I had in the shed. I did screen some fines with it. The end result looks good but I worry it is too small. I might rescreen the big pieces with a 1/2" to see what I get. Although I'd say 80% of the pieces that didn't fit through the 1/4" are actually bigger than 1/2" as well, and definitely bigger than 3/8".

The downside is that I "lost" about 1/3 of the bag this way - there are a lot more bigger pieces (and chunks of sapwood) than I thought originally. However it blends well with the "mini nuggets" I mulched the outdoor landscaping with, so I might just use them there.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 12:03PM
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