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ok to use 1/4" or 1/2" screen for 5-1-1?

Posted by hairmetal4ever Z7 MD (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 8, 14 at 14:30

I CANNOT find a 3/8" hardware cloth or sieve to screen my pine fines. I can find 1/2" and 1/4" as often as the day is long, however. If you had to choose between either a few pieces too big, or a smaller overall mix, which would be best?


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RE: ok to use 1/4" or 1/2" screen for 5-1-1?

1/4" is better IMHO.

You have to order 3/8" online. Impossible to find in stores.


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RE: ok to use 1/4" or 1/2" screen for 5-1-1?

You can make aa 3/8" screen by offset overlapping of two sheets of 1/2", resulting in 3/8" and 1/4" grids. This might be cheaper than ordering 3/8" online.


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RE: ok to use 1/4" or 1/2" screen for 5-1-1?

Some of the 16 inch square nursery flats/trays have 3/8 mesh on the bottom. You can usually get them for free at a nursery or garden store.

Zeuspaul


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RE: ok to use 1/4" or 1/2" screen for 5-1-1?

Some of the 16 inch square nursery flats/trays have 3/8 mesh on the bottom. You can usually get them for free at a nursery or garden store.

Zeuspaul


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RE: ok to use 1/4" or 1/2" screen for 5-1-1?

I'd definitely go with the 1/2". No worries. Up to 1/2" is totally acceptable for the 511 mix. And look at it this way, you'll have more mix.


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RE: ok to use 1/4" or 1/2" screen for 5-1-1?

Agreed, I started off using 1/4" and later moved to a 1/2" screen for bark in both mixes. A few pieces too big can easily be picked out by hand.


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RE: ok to use 1/4" or 1/2" screen for 5-1-1?

I actually found a 4' X 6' piece of 1/4" hardware cloth I had in the shed. I did screen some fines with it. The end result looks good but I worry it is too small. I might rescreen the big pieces with a 1/2" to see what I get. Although I'd say 80% of the pieces that didn't fit through the 1/4" are actually bigger than 1/2" as well, and definitely bigger than 3/8".

The downside is that I "lost" about 1/3 of the bag this way - there are a lot more bigger pieces (and chunks of sapwood) than I thought originally. However it blends well with the "mini nuggets" I mulched the outdoor landscaping with, so I might just use them there.


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