wetting bark first

mrtulinMay 11, 2011

The volume of bark when wet is quite different than dry bark. Should bark for any of the mixtures be dry or wet when measured? I found it much easier to mix everything when all the ingredients are damp. (I sift and rinse the granite and turface. Am I working more than I need to?)

marie

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I screen & measure everything when it's dry, then dump/pour them into the mixing tub, but moisten the ingredients before I mix them together.

I usually start screening Turface on nice days during late winter when I'm in the mood, & store it in large containers. The bark and cherrystone comes prescreened, but I still give it a quick screen over insect screen to get the dust out. I don't rinse, just because of the volume of soil I go through in a year (well over 150 gallons - about 10 bags of Turface worth in most years), but I do agree it's a good thing to do if you have the ambition. ;-)

Al

    Bookmark   May 11, 2011 at 9:41AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hi, Marie!

I do the same as Al. I find that I can separate the bark dust easier if it's all dry.
Once I mix the ingredients, I add some moisture that diffuses between the particles.

Josh

    Bookmark   May 11, 2011 at 7:06PM
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