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E.B. Stone Orchard Bark for 5-1-1?

Posted by ItchyHands 10 (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 18, 13 at 17:17

I was just wondering if anyone has used E.B. Stone's fine or medium orchard bark to make the gritty or 5-1-1 mix. If so, how is it working out for you?


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RE: E.B. Stone Orchard Bark for 5-1-1?

I have a bag of the "fine" bark in the trunk of my car right now...haven't unloaded yet. I'll screen some tomorrow and see how it performs. It doesn't look composted, but I think it could be used in the 5-1-1.

It costs $9 for a bag, so I hope there isn't much waste.


Josh


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RE: E.B. Stone Orchard Bark for 5-1-1?

Awesome! I'll be checking in for an update. Thanks!


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RE: E.B. Stone Orchard Bark for 5-1-1?

I haven't forgotten...just haven't had time to screen yet.

Josh


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RE: E.B. Stone Orchard Bark for 5-1-1?

Well, I'm back...still trying to figure out the new photobucket format.....

E.B. Stone "fine" Orchid Bark is a nice product, but it is not cost-effective for mixing large batches of 5-1-1 (or Gritty Mix). I recommend the Greenall Micro Bark, which is the same fir bark, but in twice the volume and for the same price. Greenall is just a different packaging for E.B. Stone.

That said, for the 5-1-1, most of the material will pass through a 1/2 inch screen. However, a lot of these pieces are narrow but long, and so you'll need to manually remove the pieces that "spear" through the screen longwise. Also, I notice a good deal of sapwood ("matchsticks"), and that, too, must be sorted out by hand. The sapwood is well under 10 percent, but I find it visually jarring in a nice planting.

The product under review:

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A piece of 1/2-inch hardware cloth over a large pond-basket for collecting screened material. My plastic nursery plant-carrier with 1/4-inch grid sitting to the left.

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A couple handfuls of bark on the 1/4-inch screen:

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And the pieces that did not pass the 1/4-inch screen:

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Josh


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