Pine bark fines in eastern L.A. county

jenn(SoCal 9/19)May 30, 2012

I live within a several miles of numerous Trader Joe's in every direction (apologies to those who don't have even one) but cannot find a resource for pine bark fines to save my life (Even TJ's doesn't sell them!). :-) OK, I haven't gone to every nursery and landscape center on every block, but I don't have that kind of time. We have Armstrong Nursery, OSH, Lowe's, Home Depot, and a host of privately-owned nurseries and I haven't found it yet. Or, maybe I don't recognize it when I see it.

Can anyone point me to a local resource for Pine Bark Fines, or a suitable equivalent, in eastern L.A. county (Glendora to Rancho Cucamonga)? I've used small orchid bark (from OSH) but I think it's not the same.

Thank you!

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newgen(9 Central California)

Orange County Farmers Supply, google for the address. They're located on Chapman Ave, between the 57 and 55 freeways, in the city of Orange. Great place for all things gardening related, I got my stuff there, as well as Foliage Pro.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 3:07PM
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filiapatrismei

I use "GreenAll Micro Bark" that I got from Armstrong Nursery for about $10 for a two-cubic-feet bag. It's fir bark and not pine bark. So far so good -- my plants look happy (or at least don't look mad at me).

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 10:59PM
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lindasewandsew(So Cal 9)

I also get bark at Orange County Farm Supply on Chapman, just a little east of the 57 fwy. It's Gardener's Proffesional orchid bark/seedling 2 cubic feet. The last bags I purchased had so little waste, less than 1 cup for each bag, that it probably doesn't need sifted. They were less than $10 per bag.

Wolfinbarger's in Chino has pumice, perlite and gypsum in bulk. (I take a large plastic jar for gypsum. They fill and weigh it. Saves having to transfer it when you get home.) They also have dirt, rocks and bark, etc. Their price list is on their website. They have the bark sometimes, but with a lot of waste for our purposes.

This is off topic, but I visited the Sam Maloof house and gardens today in Alta Loma. They have a garden art exhibit going on right now. If you haven't been there, it's a great place to see with loads of great ideas.

Linda

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 3:19AM
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suncitylinda

I'm in SoCal and I get small landscape bark at HomeDepot. Its made by EARTHGROW and its called Decorative Ground Cover Bark.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 7:43PM
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woohooman

suncitylinda: I saw that stuff at my Home Depot but I could've sworn I smelled cedar in it. Have you tried it as pine bark fines for this famed 5-1-1 mix and if so, are your vegetables doing fine with it?

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 9:19PM
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Athenian(USDA 10B/Sunset 22)

FWIW, the Decorative Ground Cover Bark at my Home Depot

is much too large (yes it's labeled "fine" on the package) to be used in any container mix I've seen and I'm not prepared to sift and discard half the package.

I did find something called GARDENERS PROFESSIONAL DECORATIVE BARK - SMALL

which is fir bark fines distributed by Kellogg. That's what I'm going to use in my fall set of Earthtainers

Here is a link that might be useful: GARDENERS PROFESSIONAL DECORATIVE BARK - SMALL

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 12:22PM
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suncitylinda

I have been using the HD Earthgrow Ground Cover bark in my containers and Earthboxes for two years. It is used and recommended by Raybo who designed Earthtainers. However, I have never used it in a 5-1-1 mix. I have never been aware of any problem with it in growing tomatoes.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 8:22PM
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woohooman

Athenian:

Where did you find that stuff by Kellogg's?

    Bookmark   July 2, 2012 at 12:44PM
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Athenian(USDA 10B/Sunset 22)

suncitylinda: As I noted, the particle size in the bag of Earthgro Decorative Ground Cover I bought was much too large -- about half looked just like the "Nuggets". I ended up using it to mulch a small bed. I was at another HD yesterday and noticed that the bags there had a much finer texture.

woodhoman: I've seen the Kellogg's product at three different independent nurseries. One had a display showing the sizes of various mulches and the Kellogg's looked the best for my purposes. AFAICT, it runs about $7.50 a bag.

Athena

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 1:28PM
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