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Old March 20, 2012   #16
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Let us know what you find!
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Old March 20, 2012   #17
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Perhaps try a local non bigbox nursery. I have found the staff at independent nurseries are significantly more helpful and if you tell them you are looking to make a container potting mix and need bark for that they may be able to point you in the right direction. Also if you ask them what they use to pot up bare root roses and fruit trees you might find they get a few yards of bark fines delivered just when you'll be needing it.

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Old March 22, 2012   #18
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I e-mailed Kamlar (producers of Kambark) asking about retailers in my area. After supplying my telephone area code (actually a few different ones given where I live in the NYC area) they were able to supply a list. Thankfully one is just about 10 miles away!
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Old March 22, 2012   #19
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Cool. I just emailed them as well. If you end up picking some up let us know if it'll do the trick.
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Old April 9, 2012   #20
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Maria Gardens in North Royalton, Ohio sells Pine Fines Soil Conditioner for 4.99 for 2 cu ft bags. If you buy 3 or more its 4.66.

http://mariagardens.net/
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Old April 9, 2012   #21
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most of the Lowes in NC seem to have it called Soil Conditioner as well, from Timberline.

here is the web address:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_309048-29629...d=10151&rpp=24

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Old April 28, 2012   #22
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I too find it frustrating to see the perfect pine bark on their site( Home Depot and Lowe's ,but the stores dont carry them
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Old April 28, 2012   #23
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I went to Loews to replenish my supply yesterday, and discovered that Lowes no longer carries it.......wahhhhhhhhh!!!!!

fortunately all my pots are ready for this year, but I have no idea what I will do next year.

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Old April 28, 2012   #24
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Hi all,

I've done some searching through the forums and on Google to try to figure out where I can locate some bark fines (groundcover bark) for Ray's 3:2:1 EarthTainer mix. I live on the east coast, in the NY metro area, and it seems that everyone not on the west coast has had difficulty locating this product. Has anyone around here found it, and if so, under what brand/name, and where?

Thanks!
I can't find it, either. Can I use cedar bark mulch?
I've checked nurseries and big box stores. Haven't tried the big landscaping companies but they're mainly into xeriscaping with rocks.
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Old April 28, 2012   #25
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elight,

This is what you are looking for:



Pine based microbark, about 1/2" in diameter. I buy it at Home Depot.

Raybo
Dang, I almost bought some of that! I didn't think it would work. I just pitted up about 12 peppers using Miracle grow potting soil and perlite and I wish I'd known!
Oh well, still have about 20 more peppers and I'm buying some passiflowers. I'll need to pot them, too.
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Old April 29, 2012   #26
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Same stuff?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Timberline...1.5CF/16911970





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I went to Loews to replenish my supply yesterday, and discovered that Lowes no longer carries it.......wahhhhhhhhh!!!!!

fortunately all my pots are ready for this year, but I have no idea what I will do next year.

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Old April 29, 2012   #27
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Chris, that looks like a good product based on the fact that the bag says pine bark fines. But I would check the material actually in the bag at the store and make sure that most of the pieces are less than 1/2" in size.
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Old April 29, 2012   #28
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That's what I use. Works well for me in containers in the 511 mix.
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Old April 29, 2012   #29
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My HD only has cedar mulch and red dyed mulch. No micro-mulch, no pine mulch. Can I use the cedar?
I looked at what I thought HD had and it wasn't the same as what Raybo has shown.
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Tracy, I think that this has been asked before and the answer was yes. I believe that the material is not as important as the particle size, as the purpose of the bark fines is to keep the mix airy and create pockets for aeration and moisture wicking.
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