Which bark looks better? (Pics)
After advice from Al and much searching, I've come up with what I think are my best bark options locally. One is sold as "Pine Fines Soil Conditioner", second is sold as "Pine Bark & Fines".
1st pic shows both barks next to 1/2" screen.
2nd pic is darker bark on top of 1/8" screen.
The darker bark goes almost completely through 1/2" screen. (Very little goes through insect screen, but it's still damp from recent rain.) If I screen out the finest particles through 1/8", would the remainder be good for Gritty mix?
Could I use the darker bark unscreened for 5-1-1?
Could I use the lighter bark on the right for 5-1-1 if screened through 1/2"?
I will be using the Gritty primarily for japanese maples. I will be using the 5-1-1 for edibles and perennials on an east-facing second floor deck. I water deck plants daily during the summer.
Thank you for feedback!