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wetting bark first

Posted by idabean 5A (My Page) on
Wed, May 11, 11 at 0:55

The volume of bark when wet is quite different than dry bark. Should bark for any of the mixtures be dry or wet when measured? I found it much easier to mix everything when all the ingredients are damp. (I sift and rinse the granite and turface. Am I working more than I need to?)
marie


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RE: wetting bark first

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Wed, May 11, 11 at 9:41

I screen & measure everything when it's dry, then dump/pour them into the mixing tub, but moisten the ingredients before I mix them together.

I usually start screening Turface on nice days during late winter when I'm in the mood, & store it in large containers. The bark and cherrystone comes prescreened, but I still give it a quick screen over insect screen to get the dust out. I don't rinse, just because of the volume of soil I go through in a year (well over 150 gallons - about 10 bags of Turface worth in most years), but I do agree it's a good thing to do if you have the ambition. ;-)

Al


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RE: wetting bark first

Hi, Marie!

I do the same as Al. I find that I can separate the bark dust easier if it's all dry.
Once I mix the ingredients, I add some moisture that diffuses between the particles.

Josh


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