Improve raised bed with bark fines?

barryla61(VA - 7)July 31, 2011

If pine bark fines are so important to containers would they not improve the quality of soil in a raised bed?

My bed now consists of topsoil, compost and manure.

Would tilling some pine bark fines into the current bed soil help with aeration thus improving root growth?

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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Yes adding would be highly benefitial .Thats why they may be labled as soil conditioner. Container,raised bed,garden bed or on your lawn are all good uses for pine bark fines

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 4:54PM
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I have a large quantity of fir fines screened through screen with 1/16 inch openings. There must be a use for this material, but I don't know what it is? Al

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 8:43AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Al, do you mean the fine dust that passed through the 1-16 screen?

I use the bark dust in lieu of peat moss, since the particles are similarly sized
but more durable than peat. I screen my ingredients, mix, then re-incorporate
some of the fine dust to increase moisture retention.


    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 11:14AM
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barryla61(VA - 7)

Any suggestions as to how much to add such as 1 cu ft of mulch to every 10?, 20?, 50? square ft of bed space?
Should it be added this fall or early next spring?

I can get pine park mulch in bulk from a farm service center, would that work?


    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 4:24PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Can you show a pic of the pine bark to decide if size is acceptable?
Square feet is a rather useless measure ,a better measure may be the depth of the raised bed.

Maybe better to add 5-6 inches deep of PGF and mix it in.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 4:41PM
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Thanks Josh, the only use I have for peat is in my seed starting mixes so will try substituting the bark fines and see how it works. This time of year I am starting perennials from seed for next years blooms. Al

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 11:42PM
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